Bethany McLean to speak at commencement
Fortune reporter to deliver keynote address
From the first day of class up to commencement, ethics takes center stage at Quinlan. And in that spirit, Bethany McLean, the Fortune magazine reporter who broke the Enron scandal, will do the same, returning to campus to deliver the keynote address to our graduates.
This will be McLean’s second time speaking at Quinlan this school year. In November, as part of the Dean’s Speaker Series, she detailed her experience unraveling the Enron empire and discussed “what makes a company bad.”
Nenad Jukic, professor of information systems and operations management, is the driving force behind McLean's repeat visits to Quinlan. He met her three years ago and says she embodies all that the school stands for.
“Bethany describes business leaders and executives in a completely unbiased way,” Jukic says. “She gives credit where credit due, but she is also absolutely unafraid to expose incompetence, corruption, and weakness. I think her commitment to the truth makes her a great role model.”
To hear McLean's November speech at Quinlan, check out the video below. Commencement guests can hear her address on Saturday, May 10, at 3 p.m. in the Gentile Arena on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus.
McLean joined Fortune’s reporting staff in 1995 and wrote the story “Is Enron Overpriced?” in March 2001. She was the first reporter to question the corporation’s business practices, and the more McLean investigated, the further Enron’s ethical façade decayed.
The Smartest Guys in the Room, written two years later with coauthor Peter Elkind, recounted the 2001 collapse of Enron, one of the largest business scandals in American history. In 2010, McLean coauthored her second book, All the Devils are Here, a history of the 2008 financial crisis. McLean is also a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.