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Bethany McLean, a senior writer at Fortune magazine who is credited as being the first to question Enron stock value, will kick-off Old Dominion University's Landmark Executive-in-Residence Speaker Series Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration, the series brings accomplished business leaders to campus to share firsthand experience with students. McLean will speak at 12:30 p.m. in room 1002 of Constant Hall. Seating is on a first-come, first- served basis and the talk is free and open to the public.

McLean is widely credited with being the first journalist to question Enron's stock price in the Fortune article "Is Enron Overpriced?" Her book on the Enron scandal, "The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron" which she coauthored with Peter Elkind, was made into a highly acclaimed 2005 movie.

She spent three years as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs before joining Fortune as a reporter in 1995. At Fortune, McLean has covered numerous companies and industries, including Standard & Poor, Eli Lilly, Lucent and professional wrestling. She is a frequent guest on broadcast news shows and regularly contributes to "Street Life," a column on Fortune.com.

McLean received a bachelor's degree in math and English from Williams College.

Other speakers in the series include:
Nov. 1 Jack L. Ezzell Jr., president and chief executive officer of Zel Technologies;
Feb. 7 Richard Cole, chief executive officer and chairman of Geeks On Call America; and
March 14 Luke Hillier, founder and chief executive officer of Mythics and a 1994 ODU graduate.

For more information about the Executive-in-Residence Speaker Series call 683-3520.

This article was posted on: August 25, 2005

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