Bethany McLean Lecture

"The Enron Case: What It Means for Corporate Ethics and Governance"
with Bethany McLean
senior writer, Fortune magazine

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
Schimmel Center for the Arts
Pace University downtown New York campus

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Click to read Ms. McLean's biography.

Enron is not about those bad people and how could they do this.... it is really more a tale of human frailty and making human errors.
- Bethany McLean

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[Bethany McLean]   ....most people at Enron had no idea...they thought they were doing a great job and being very creative.
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The Schimmel Theater was packed with students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

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[Bethany McLean]   Lubin Professor of Finance Matthew Morey asking a question.
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Students and attendees asking questions following the lecture.

Dr. Joseph Pastore, Lubin Professor Emeritus of Management and Management Science, organized this event with a grant from the Handler Foundation.

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[Bethany McLean]   [Enron] tells a larger story about human nature and how we can deceive ourselves.
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....telling the truth is not the same thing as being able to prove nobody lied.
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[Bethany McLean]   Students had a chance to speak personally to Ms. McLean following the Q&A session.
....there was not a moment when a crime was committed; there was pushing and pulling of the rules.
- Bethany McLean

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Ms. McLean signing some of her books for the students.


About Bethany McLean
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Bethany McLean is a senior writer at Fortune. She covers a wide variety of topics, with recent stories ranging from Barry Diller and his controversial company InterActiveCorp, to the strange world of the Masters of Wine. McLean graduated from Williams College in 1992 with a double major in mathematics and English. She began her career in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, where she worked from 1992 to 1995, spending two years in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department and one year in Real Estate Principal Investing.

In 1995, McLean joined Fortune as a reporter, and soon began writing pieces on everything from 401 (k) plans to the latest innovations in biotechnology. In early 2001, she wrote a skeptical story about Enron, which was then a high-flying company with a stock price of around $80 a share. Her story asked the simple question, "How does Enron make money?" and it is widely viewed as the first questioning story about the company to run in a national publication. Along with another senior writer at Fortune, Peter Elkind, she began to work on a book, and in the fall of 2003, Penguin published The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron.