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Johnson and Strachan Distinguished Speaker Series Presents: “The Presidential Election: What the Outcome Could Mean for Business” with Steven Pearlstein and George Will

School of Management at George Mason University

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

Fairfax, VA

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The 2012 Johnson and Strachan Distinguished Speaker Series Presents:


 “The Presidential Election: What the Outcome Could Mean for Business”
Steven Pearlstein and George Will



11:30 a.m. Event Check-In and Networking
12:00 p.m. Dean's Welcome
:10 p.m. Luncheon
12:40 p.m. Jeff Johnson - Introduction of Steven Pearlstein and George Will
12:45 p.m. Conversation with Steven Pearlstein and George Will
1:45 p.m. Closing Remarks


For more information on discount codes for students and faculty, please contact Andrea Cordray at or 703-993-4833.


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George F. Will is today's most widely read columnist. His newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today it appears twice weekly in approximately 400 newspapers in the United States and in Europe. In 1976, he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly essay until 2011.
In 1977, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his newspaper columns. Altogether eight collections of Will's Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being One Man's America. In 1990, Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times best-seller list for two months and was most recently reissued on April 13, 2010 as a 20th Anniversary special edition with a new introduction (paperback). In 1998, Scribner published Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Will on baseball. Will was a member of Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.
In 1981, Will became a founding panel member on ABC television's This Week. Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D. He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Harvard University. Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972. From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine. Today, Will lives and works in Washington.


Steven PearlsteinSteven Pearlstein, a Pulitzer-prize winning business and economics columnist for the Washington Post, is the newest Robinson Professor, joining the GMU faculty in the fall of 2011. Professor Pearlstein grew up in Brookline, Mass. and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. in 1973 with a B.A. in American Studies. After several years as a reporter for small newspapers in New Hampshire, he moved to Washington to serve as administrative assistant to members of the House and Senate. He was a TV reporter for public television in Boston, senior editor at Inc. magazine, and founding editor and publisher of The Boston Observer, a monthly political magazine. He returned to Washington in 1988 as deputy business editor and, over the next 23 years, also served as the Post’s defense industry reporter, economics writer and Canadian correspondent. He became an opinion columnist in 2003, with a wide-ranging interest in business and economic topics of local, national and international interest.

Professor Pearlstein was awarded the Gerald R. Loeb Award for commentary in 2007 and the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2008 for columns the previous year anticipating and explaining the recent financial crisis and global economic downturn. His work has also been cited by the Society of Business Editors and Writers. He continues to write a weekly column for the Post’s Sunday Business section and oversees the Post’s leadership web site, On Leadership.





The Johnson & Strachan Distinguished Speaker Series is a community-based academic initiative that enriches the educational experience of the school’s students, faculty, and alumni while building and strengthening relationships with the region’s business community.

Focusing on finance issues, the Distinguished Speaker Series brings a diverse group of corporate leaders, government officials, and renowned academicians to George Mason’s Fairfax campus. These exceptional speakers discuss the strategic and operational issues critical to the nation’s ability to sustain and enhance its competitive edge in a global economy. Their ideas and solutions will benefit students, faculty, and the community by offering insight and fostering provocative discussion.

The series is sponsored by Johnson & Strachan, Inc., whose president, Jeff Johnson, is a School of Management alumnus with a BS in accounting. Johnson & Strachan is a full service, multi-line, commercial and personal insurance agency offering a wide range of products and services to corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and small businesses. Their multi-faceted team of insurance and financial services experts has more than 100 years combined experience in the field. For over 25 years, they have been dedicated to serving the needs of their clients with excellent service and a unique approach to their insurance needs. For more information on Johnson & Strachan, visit

For more information on this series of events please click on the link to the right for other events that the School of Management will be having or click here to be rerouted to another information page that features past speakers.

Please note: Early prices are available until to October 16. Standard prices will be available on October 17.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, you must cancel by Monday, October 22, 2012 at noon in writing by email to Due to catering commitments, no refunds will be made after Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at noon.

Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed. Please arrive a few minutes early to the event to secure participation


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When & Where

The Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel
4352 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

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