In partnership with the Economic Roundtable (ERT) of the Ohio Valley, the McDonough Center co-sponsors Leadership Q&A at least once per semester. This event is informal and allows students to meet senior business leaders and engage in a dialogue about their professional experiences in diverse fields.

Upcoming Leadership Q&A Guest:

Catherine Austin Fitts, the president of Solari, Inc., publisher of the Solari Report, and founder and managing member of Solari Investment Advisory Services, LLC.

Recent Leadership Q&A Guests:

Dr. George McAfee, Head of Commercial Development, Marine Transportation, Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Robert J. Tyler Jr., Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tyler has been with the Steelers organization since 2007. His responsibilities include overseeing all financial and human resource operations, as well as coordination of legal services. Tyler also serves as one of the Steelers’ primary liaisons with the NFL League Office.

James P. Meil, Vice President & Chief Economist for the Eaton Corp. Meil has been recognized as a leading industry economist for more than 25 years and is responsible for forecasting economic conditions and primary markets for Eaton, a $16 billion global diversified power management company. He is a contributor to Blue Chip Economic Indicators, Consensus Economics, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal (achieving first-place on a 50 forecaster panel).

Amity Shlaes, author, columnist, and Director of the Four Percent Growth Project at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Texas.

David Leonhardt, an economics journalist for The New York Times. Leonhardt is with the Washington bureau of The New York Times and is also a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and founder of The Times’ Economix blog. His recent magazine cover stories have examined the future of health care, the long-term challenges facing the American economy and President Obama’s economic agenda. Leonhardt won the 2008 Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing and was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.