Alumni

The US Economy and the Presidential Election – An All-Roundtable Event

Chicago GSB Roundtables

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

September 18, 2008: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Our All-Roundtable event features multiple presentations and discussions from experts in many fields of inquiry, all designed to shed light on the US economy and our political future. We’ll examine the emerging business and political environment from the viewpoint of Wall Street and of Main Street. Each Roundtable will present a selected topic, each designed to answer the compelling questions of our time. We’ll explore today’s business environment with focus on new and disruptive technologies, emerging product and services strategies, brand building and approaches to pricing. We’ll also plunge into the heated political arena to examine the new roles being played by lobbyists and campaign advisors in this election cycle, the energy, science and trade policies that could emerge in the new Administration, the selling and spinning of the candidates and how this is shaping our perceptions of the economy. You’ll benefit from: * Sharing ideas and learning from experts in multiple fields of interest * Networking with fellow Roundtable participants from other professions and lines of business * Perhaps finding a Roundtable group that you wish to join on a regular basis * A sense of coming together as a single alumni community through an event that we all share. There are 10 GSB Alumni Roundtables participating in this event: Finance Roundtable, International Roundtable, Consulting Roundtable, CEO Roundtable, Entrepreneur Roundtable, London Roundtable, Business Book Roundtable, Innovation Roundtable, Sales Leadership Roundtable, and Marketing Roundtable. A networking reception hosted by the Chicago GSB Club tops off the evening.

Where

Gleacher Center
Sixth Floor
450 Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage) $6.00 after 3:00pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period Garage: Self Park Facility Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only. To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. The new system for the AMC Theater- River East Self Park Garage is automated. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. You can validate your parking ticket at any time between your arrival at and departure from the Gleacher Center. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee. Parking: The Chicago GSB has arranged self-parking with the AMC Theater-River East garage. The discount will be available weekday evenings and on weekends for our alumni while attending GSB events at the Gleacher Center.

Event Details

Topics and Speakers (presented in concurrent sessions): Business Book Roundtable: TBA CEO Roundtable: "Roundtable Discussion on the US Economy and the Election" - Alexander "Sandy" Weissent Consulting Roundtable: "Profiting from Tough Times PROFITING FROM TOUGH TIMES: Ways Transactional Price Management Can be used to Create a Competitive Advantage during a A Recession" - Patick S. Manning, Deloitte Consulting LLC Entrepreneur Roundtable: "Launching a Start-Up in a Down Economy" - Joanne Stone-Geier Finance Roundtable - TBA Innovation Roundtable: "State of Innovation in Chicago" - Lance Pressl, President of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation International Roundtable: "US Economy & the 2008 Election - The View from Abroad" - Tom Hundley, Chicago Tribune Marketing Roundtable: "Technology, the Internet, & the Unrealized Potential for Politics" - Brian Reich Sales Leadership Roundtable: "The New Science of Evidence-Based Sales Organization Management" – William J. Young, Adjunct Professor of Marketing, Chicago GSB Strategic Management Issue Group: "Energy Prices, Offshore Drilling, & the possibility of an Excess Profits Tax" - No speaker, but the text for the evening's meeting is Gary Becker's commentary and Richard Posner's response, from the June 22 issue of the Becker-Posner blog. Both are available online at http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2008/06/energy_prices_o.html, and http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2008/06/oil_prices_offs.html. Please review beforehand and come prepared to join a lively discussion. (Hardcopy of both articles will also be available at the meeting.) "For complete Roundtable session descriptions and speaker bios, please e-mail Scott McGarvey at mailto:smcg@chicagogsb.edu"

Cost

$15 for current Chicago GSB Club members, $25 all others

Registration

Register Online
For questions contact, Dennis Aust at dennis.aust@chartermast.com or Scott McGarvey at mailto:smcg@chicagogsb.edu.

Deadline: 9/18/2008

Questions

Scott McGarvey 
All-Roundtable Event Organizer
312.648.6275

Other Information

There are 10 GSB Alumni Roundtables participating in this event: Finance Roundtable, International Roundtable, Consulting Roundtable, CEO Roundtable, Entrepreneur Roundtable, Strategic Management Issue Group, Business Book Roundtable, Innovation Roundtable, Sales Leadership Roundtable, and Marketing Roundtable. A networking reception hosted by the Chicago GSB Club tops off the evening.