The Smith Soc Chapter at NYU Stern hosted Juan Carlos Echeverry, the Executive Director of the Interamerican Bank of Development (IDB) for Colombia and Peru in Washington, for a talk on May 6. Mr. Echeverry discussed market liberalization and policy in Colombia and Peru. He demonstrated how market freedoms and continuity on public polices have helped to create flourishing business opportunities in Colombia and Peru. Private sector investments are driving economic growth in these countries thanks to clear rules and institutional improvements.
On Tuesday April 22, the Smith Soc Chapter at the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management hosted a debate on healthcare policy. Participants were Manhattan Institute Fellow Avik Roy, a former advisor to several Repulbican presidential candidates on healtcare, inlcuding Mitt Romney, and Professor Robert Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at the Johnson School.
The NYC professional chapter hosted a panel on April 10 asking questions that should be important to all of those in business. Should business strive to be socially responsible? If so, how? Does business have a responsibility not only to create profit for its shareholders, but to actively protect the environment and attempt to improve the lives of those with whom it interacts?
Smith Soc hosted a lunchtime debate over the 2010 Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform Act and its implications. Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Diana Furchtgott-Roth debated with Will Marshall from the Progressive Policy Institute. David DesRosiers of RealClearpolitics moderated the debate. The event was a part of the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management chapter's Trek to Washington, DC.
The Duke Fuqua School of Business chapter of Smith Soc welcomed Fox's John Stossel for a talk on Monday April 7th. He spoke on many of the political and business issues he addresses regular on his show, "Stossel with John Stossel" on Fox Business Network, as well as his new book, No, They Can't: Why Government Fails While Individuals Succeed.
On Thurday April 3, UT Austin McCombs Chapter of Smith Soc hosted a film screening of the new documentary Money For Nothing: Inside The Federal Reserve. The screening, co-hosted by the McCombs Graduate Real Estate Society, was followed by a panel discussion after the film with UT professors representing a variety of perspectives. There was then a Q&A session.
Manhattan Institute Fellow Robert Bryce was a guest of the UT Austin McCombs Chapter on Tuesday evening, Feb. 11. He was part of a moderated discussion about the current state of the energy industry and energy policy. Bryce's latest book, Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper was published in 2014.
The Wake Forest chapter of Smith Soc hosted a three-way debate and discussion on sweat shops, entitled "Sweatshops: Improving Lives and Economic Growth". The panel featured three participants:
The Smith Soc chapter at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business in Austin hosted a a debate on healthcare policy on January 27th. The debate featured Senior MI Fellow Avik Roy, who advised Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Marco Rubio on healthcare policy; William Sage, MD, JD, the James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence in Law at the UT Law School and Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care in the Dell Medical School; and Professor John Doggett, MBA, of the McCombs School, who served as moderator.
Marilyn Fedak, Smith Soc Advisory Board Member and former partner at Alliance Bernstein, spoke at the new Duke Fuqua Smith Soc Chapter on December 2nd. She spoke on "Leading for a Free Market", helping to kick off the Duke chapter's first year.