Bethany McLean, original Enron critic, to speak April 17

Author: Kyle Chamberlin


Bethany McLean, a senior editor and writer for Fortune magazine who broke open the story of corruption in the Enron Corp., will speak at7 p.m.April 17 (Tuesday) in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the OBrien-Smith Leadership Program, her lecture is free and open to the public.

In her 2001 storyIs Enron Overpriced?,McLeanwas the first national business reporter to raise questions about the corporate energy giant. After reviewing company financial statements that were lacking crucial information, she questioned how the seventh largest corporation inAmericawas actually making its money.

McLeanwent on to co-authorThe Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron,which was the basis for the 2005 Academy Award- nominated documentaryEnron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.She has shared her expertise on the Enron collapse in appearances on national network and cable news shows.

After graduating from Williams College, McLean worked as a Wall Street investment analyst for Goldman Sachs. She joined Fortune in 1995 and now covers a wide variety of topics.

The OBrien-Smith Leadership Program is designed to bring national business, non-profit and government leaders into the Mendoza College of Business learning community on a biannual basis.

* Contact: * _Jean Molloy,MendozaCollegeof Business, 574-631-3277,

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