Each year, the Eller College brings outstanding leaders from the private, government, and nonprofit sectors to Tucson for the Distinguished Speaker Series. These leaders address a variety of topics and issues that impact the business and public policy worlds.
Gwen Ifill, (moderator and managing editor of Washington Week), Terry Lundgren (chairman/CEO and president of Federated Department Stores), William Conway (founding partner and managing director of The Carlyle Group), Mead Rudasill (vice president of Bath & Body Works), Leigh Steinberg (leading U.S. sports attorney)… these are just a few of the leaders who have addressed Eller students in recent years.
The Eller College seeks out speakers who are diverse in thought, perspective, and leadership styles — providing Eller students and other guests with the opportunity to engage in stimulating discussion.
Robert M. Gates: University of Arizona 2012 Executive of the Year
The Eller College of Management celebrated the accomplishments of Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, on Friday, March 30, 2012 by recognizing him as the University of Arizona 2012 Executive of the Year.
Robert M. Gates served as the 22nd Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) and is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly-elected president. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush. On Gates' last day in office, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.
The Politics of Federal Financial Management
Dr. Mary Sally Matiella, Office of the Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller (ASA FM&C), advises the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff on all matters related to Army financial management. She oversees the development, formulation, and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of overall resources in the Department of the Army. She is also responsible for the formulation and submission of the Army budget to Congress and the American people.
On November 23, 2009, President Barack H. Obama nominated Dr. Matiella as Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller, and she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 11, 2010. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Matiella served as Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Accounting for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was responsible for the payment of over $40 billion in annual grants, loans and subsidies, and the consolidation and submission of quarterly and annual financial statements to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She ensured HUD was in full compliance with government legislation, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and other governmental budget and accounting standards. Under her leadership, HUD earned "unqualified" audit opinions each fiscal year and received all "green" ratings from OMB for its accounting practices.
In December 2001, Dr. Matiella entered the Senior Executive Service and served as the Chief Financial Officer for the USDA Forest Service. She oversaw the formulation and execution of a $4 billion annual budget, which funded the management of 200 million acres of national forest and grasslands. Under her leadership, the Forest Service received its first ever "clean" audit opinion in FY 2002 and the GAO, April 2003 report, recognized the Forest Service for “Significant Improvement in Financial Reporting.”
Hire Integrity or Pay the Price
Jerry Colangelo serves as chairman of the USA Basketball’s Board of Directors and is a principal partner in JDM Partners, LLC, a real estate development company. He first became involved in USA Basketball in 2005 when he was named managing director of the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team program and subsequently led the U.S. Men’s Team (Beijing 2008) and USA Senior National Team (Istanbul 2010) to gold medals.
Colangelo served for 40 years in a variety of roles for the NBA Phoenix Suns franchise, including general manager, head coach, president, managing general partner, chief executive officer and most recently as chairman. His tenure with one franchise stands as the longest in the NBA. Colangelo’s impact on the game of basketball has been so significant he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. He added to his NBA involvement with a position on the founding committee for the WNBA, helping advance professional women’s basketball in the U.S. The Phoenix Mercury was one of the WNBA’s inaugural teams in 1997.
As Chairman of the NBA’s Board of Governors from 2001 through 2005, Colangelo had influence on the growth of the NBA as a member of the league’s Finance Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Expansion Committee, and Competition and Rules Committee.
In addition to his basketball legacy, Colangelo is also credited for bringing Major League Baseball to Phoenix in 1998, serving as Chairman and CEO of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Moving from an expansion team to MLB champions in just four years was a record for Major League Baseball. Other sports team involvement included bringing National Hockey League’s Winnepeg Jets to Phoenix to become the Phoenix Coyotes.
The author of two books, Colangelo continues to provide valuable insights on competitive sports and the critical skill of leadership. His works include How You Play the Game, Return of the Gold: The Journey of Jerry Colangelo and The Redeem Team.
Colangelo grew up in the Hungry Hill neighborhood of Chicago Heights, where the Jerry Colangelo Gymnasium was dedicated in his honor in 1996. Colangelo and his wife Joan have four children, six granddaughters, and four grandsons.
Anil Kashyap: Fathauer Lecture in Political Economy
On Thursday, March 24, 2011, Dr. Anil K. Kashyap gave the Fathauer Lecture in Political Economy at The University of Arizona Eller College of Management.
Anil K. Kashyap is the Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and Finance and Richard N. Rosett Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research focuses on banking, business cycles, corporate finance, price setting, and monetary policy. His research has won him numerous awards, including a Sloan Research Fellowship, the Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Sciences, and a Senior Houblon-Norman Fellowship from the Bank of England.
Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 1991, Kashyap spent three years as an economist for the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System. He currently works as a consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and serves as a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as a Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
He is one of the advisors to the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan for its research project on “The Japanese Economy and Macroeconomic Policies over Last Twenty-Five Years,” is on the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Italy’s Einuadi Institute of Economics and Finance and is a member of the Squam Lake Group on Financial Regulation.
Kashyap is also one of the academic members of the Bellagio Group (whose non-academic members consist of the Deputy Central Bank Governors and Vice Ministers of Finance of the G7 countries).
Kashyap serves as co-organizer of the NBER's Working Group on the Japanese Economy and of the NBER’s Working Group on the Functioning of Financial Firms and Resolution of their Distress, is a member of both the American Economic Association and American Finance Association, and cofounded the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum. He is one of the two faculty directors of the Chicago Booth’s Initiative on Global Markets.
He regularly speaks on the financial crisis, Japan, the global economy, and the direction of economic policy.
He graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in economics and statistics with highest honors. In 1989, he earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He enjoys rotisserie baseball, bridge, and the Indianapolis 500.
Where We Go From Here: The Crisis and Beyond
Richard Fisher's lecture was given on March 30, 2010.
Richard W. Fisher assumed the office of president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on April 4, 2005. In this role, Fisher serves as a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve’s principal monetary policymaking group.
Fisher is former vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Fisher began his career in 1975 at the private bank of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he specialized in fixed income and foreign exchange markets. He became assistant to the secretary of the Treasury during the Carter administration, working on issues related to the dollar crisis of 1978–79. He then returned to Brown Brothers to found its Texas operations in Dallas.
In 1987, Fisher created Fisher Capital Management and a separate funds-management firm, Fisher Ewing Partners. Fisher Ewing’s sole fund, Value Partners, earned a compound rate of return of 24 percent per annum during his period as managing partner. He sold his controlling interests in both firms when he rejoined the government in 1997.
From 1997 to 2001, Fisher was deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador. He oversaw the implementation of NAFTA and various agreements with Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Chile, and Singapore. He was a senior member of the team that negotiated the bilateral accords for China's and Taiwan's accession to the World Trade Organization.
Throughout his career, Fisher has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards. He has also maintained his academic interests, teaching graduate courses and serving on several university boards. He was a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard in 2001, is an honorary fellow of Hertford College at Oxford University, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A first-generation American, Fisher is equally fluent in Spanish and English, having spent his formative years in Mexico. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy (1967–69), graduated with honors from Harvard University in economics (1971), read Latin American politics at Oxford (1972–73), and received an MBA from Stanford University (1975).
In October of 2006, Fisher received the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service from the American Assembly. In April 2009, he was inducted into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame.
Leadership, Values, and Ethics
David Childers' lecture was presented on January 21, 2010.
David Childers is a pioneer in the fields of governance, risk, and compliance. He is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), the International Association of Privacy Professionals, where he has been trained and is certified as an Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), where he has completed the Director of Professionalism course and is certified in Director Education. He is a charter member of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group (OCEG), a coalition of the nation's business leaders assembled to develop compliance standards and guidelines. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and serves as the Vice Chairman for the Software Association of Oregon (SAO).
Mr. Childers is a frequent lecturer on the subject of business ethics and was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk magazine in 2008.