Success and Luck Author Robert Frank to Speak April 18 at St. Thomas

Robert-FrankIn Success and Luck: Good fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy, Robert Frank asks how important is luck?

No question more reliably divides conservatives from liberals. As conservatives correctly observe, people who amass great fortunes are almost always talented and hardworking. Yet liberals are also correct to note that countless others have those same qualities yet never earn much. In recent years, social scientists have discovered that chance events play a much larger role in important life outcomes than most people once imagined. Frank will explore the interesting and sometimes unexpected implications of those findings for how best to think about the role of luck in life.

Robert H. Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. For more than a decade, his “Economic View” column appeared monthly in The New York Times. He holds an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Frank’s previous books include: The Winner Take All Society, The Economic Naturalist, The Darwin Economy and What Price the Moral High Ground among numerous others.

Frank will speak April 18, 2017 at the 24th Stakeholder Dialogue, an annual program at the Opus College of Business.  It is organized by the David A. & Barbara Koch Distinguished Professors of Business Ethics with support from the Center for Ethical Business Cultures and the Veritas Institute at the University of St. Thomas.

Event Details

  • Date: April 18, 2016
  • Time:
    • 4:30 p.m. – Registration opens
    • 5:00 p.m. – Reception and Networking
    • 6:00 p.m. – Program
    • 8:00 p.m. – Adjourn
  • Location:
    • Minneapolis Campus – Schulze Hall Atrium & Auditorium
    • 46 South 11th Street, Minneapolis

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. REGISTER NOW.