Author of global economy book speaking at Nov. 18 ERT meeting

Dr. Pietra Rivoli, Professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, is the next speaker at the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Rivoli’s talk is “Lessons from the Travels of a T-shirt,” at noon at the Marietta Country Club. The meeting is open only to members of the Roundtable and their invited guests. Non-ERT members who are interested in attending this meeting must contact Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani, Chair of ERT, at (740) 376-4621 for further information.

Rivoli teaches finance and international business in the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. She has special interests in social justice issues in international business and in China, and she regularly leads MBA residencies to China.

She received her Ph.D. in Finance and International Economics from the University of Florida. Her academic research has been published in numerous leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Journal of Money Credit and Banking. In 2006, the Aspen Institute awarded Rivoli a Faculty Pioneer Award. This award recognizes Business School faculty who have been leaders in the integration of social and environmental issues into MBA curricula.

Rivoli’s recent book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, has been widely acclaimed by both the popular press and the academic community as a “pathbreaking study of globalization.” The book has received numerous awards. These honors include being named one of the best business books of the year by the Financial Times, Booz Allen Hamilton, Foreign Affairs, the Library Journal, and by Amazon.com.

In addition, the book was also named as a finalist for the Inaugural Financial-Times-Goldman Sachs Book of the Year Award. Finally, Travels of a T-Shirt was recently designated by the American Association of Publishers as the best scholarly book of 2005 in the category of Finance and Economics. A second edition was published in 2009 and the book has been translated into 14 languages.

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley was formed in 1982 as a result of collaboration between the Business and Economics Department at Marietta College and a group of business, civic and educational leaders. The object of the Economic Roundtable is to promote an interest in and to enlighten its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic, and social issues. Each year, several outstanding speakers are brought to the Mid-Ohio Valley to speak to the membership and classes at Marietta College on current issues of interest.

The ERT is a non-partisan, non-political educational organization that formed in 1982 as a result of collaboration between the Business and Economics Departments at Marietta College and a group of business, civic, and educational leaders. The object of the ERT is to promote an interest in and to enlighten its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic, and social issues. The ERT’s speaker series is open to its members only. Membership is open to all interested individuals. To join, contact Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani at jackie.khorassani@marietta.edu or call her at (740) 376-4621. Find more information online at www.economicroundtable.org.