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Gillian Tett: Graduate Diploma Ceremony Speaker Announcement

The ceremony honors MBA, Master of Science in Computational Finance, and Ph.D. degree recipients.

Gillian Tett, financial author and U.S. managing editor at the Financial Times, will be this year’s featured speaker at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business’ graduate diploma ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.

A weekly columnist and head of the Financial Times’ editorial operations, Ms. Tett’s work draws from her studies in social anthropology to understand financial, economic, organizational and societal issues across the world. In the past, she has held positions at the Financial Times as the assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, London-based reporter, and reporter in Russia and Brussels.

Among her recognitions, in 2014 Ms. Tett was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, with judges describing her column as “provocative, revealing, often counter-intuitive” and commending her for covering “a gloriously eclectic range of themes.” In 2012, she received a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for best feature article, “Madoff spins his story.” Her other awards include the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award (2014), a President’s Medal by the British Academy (2011), Journalist of the Year (2009) and Business Journalist of the Year (2008) by the British Press Awards, and Senior Financial Journalist of the Year (2007) by the Wincott Awards. She is also the chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Knight–Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University.

Ms. Tett’s 2009 book, Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe, is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards. Her first book, Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from its Trillion Dollar Meltdown, was published in 2003. Ms. Tett’s most recent book, The Silo Effect, published in September 2015, uses the lens of social anthropology to study how and why silos develop within organizations. She explores how silos can undermine creativity, innovation and collaboration, and how some organizations have been able to successfully overcome the “silo effect.”

Ms. Tett holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Clare College, Cambridge, England. She is also the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Miami in 2016, the University of Exeter (U.K.) in 2016, Lancaster University (U.K.) in 2015 and Baruch College in 2013.

We are honored to have her speak at this year’s ceremony. If you cannot join us on Saturday, you can watch Gillian Tett’s speech live on the Tepper School’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @TepperCMU for photos and updates.