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Speaker series features President Bush’s Chief Economic Adviser

September 01, 2009

President Bush's chief economic adviser, the chairman and CEO of U.S. Bank, and the heads of Mayo Clinic, Deloitte LLP and Caterpillar will be among those featured in the Economic Club of Phoenix speaker series this season. Every year, Phoenix-area audiences are invited to come and hear some of the top names in business speak at the luncheon series.

"At this season's first event, President Bush's chief economic adviser is set to generate major interest with his inside look at how we got to this point in the economy and our prospects for the future," says Dean Robert Mittelstaedt of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. "We also hope to provide insight into important, quickly changing areas of the economy, such as finance and health care, this year. In light of the recession, we have a lot to talk about."

The Economic Club of Phoenix (ECP) was founded by a group of prominent business executives called the Dean's Council of 100, in conjunction with the school. The group is now the preeminent Arizona forum for the exchange of ideas about business and the economy. Its monthly luncheons and other activities offer Phoenix-area business leaders and others opportunities to network and engage.

This year's speaker lineup (subject to change) is:

Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Dr. Edward P. Lazear, former chairman, Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush

Thursday, Nov. 19 - Sharon L. Allen, chairman of the board, Deloitte LLP

Tuesday, Jan. 19 - Dr. Denis A. Cortese, president and CEO, Mayo Clinic

Thursday, Feb. 25 - Richard K. Davis; president, CEO and chairman of the board; U.S. Bancorp (U.S. Bank)

Thursday, March 25 - James W. Owens, chairman and CEO, Caterpillar Inc.

April (Date TBA) - Dean's Council of 100 Executive of the Year

Thursday, May 6 - Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon

The events run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Luncheons will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, except for the November event, which will be held at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale.

Guests are welcome for an $80 luncheon fee. The Executive of the Year luncheon cost is $125. Funds in excess of the cost of the lunch are used to support student scholarships and faculty research at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

For more information about the club or to reserve seats, call (480) 965-7223, e-mail, or go to For sponsorship opportunities or to register groups of 9 or more, contact Rhett Wilson at (480) 965-2333 or