24th Annual Stakeholder Dialogue

The 24th Annual Stakeholder Dialogue will feature Robert H. Frank, professor at Cornell University and author of Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM



Cost: Free, however registration is required


Minneapolis Campus
Schulze Hall, Atrium & Auditorium

Are you good or just lucky?

In Success and Luck, 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.

Copies of Success & Luck will be available for purchase at the event. 

Sponsored by:
The David A. & Barbara Koch Distinguished Professors in Business Ethics
The Center for Ethical Business Cultures
The Veritas Institute

About the Event:
The Stakeholder Dialogue is an annual series focusing on various groups that have a stake in the business enterprise. The series is designed to increase public understanding of issues and encourage ethical action by business organizations.


4:30 p.m.: Registration opens
5 - 6 p.m.: Reception
6 - 8 p.m.: Program and Q&A

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. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals.

His books include, among others: Passions Within Reason, Microeconomics and BehaviorLuxury Fever,What Price the Moral High Ground?The Economic Naturalist, and The Darwin EconomyThe Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, received a Critic's Choice Award, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. 

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.