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College of Business to Host Senior Advisor to Obama's Presidential Campaign

Betsy Myers, senior advisor to Barack Obama's presidential campaign, will present "Leadership and the Moments that Matter" at East Carolina University's Wright Auditorium Jan. 26, at 3 p.m.

Myers has served in executive leadership positions in the public sector for more than two decades. Most recently, she was chief operating officer for Barack Obama's presidential campaign and represented the campaign as chair of Women for Obama. She served as executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and as President Clinton’s senior advisor on women’s issues. Myers  was the first director of the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach from 1995 to 1997.

Frederick Niswander, dean of the College of Business, said, “Betsy Myers brings a wealth of leadership experience. We are pleased to host such a notable speaker who has achieved personal success while also working with people of great accomplishment. Her inside view of leadership in the political arena will illustrate how leaders can be effective and inspirational in the midst of change."

The event is part of the College of Business Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series, made possible by a gift from alumni Steve and Ellen Cunanan of Richboro, Pa.  Matching funds are also provided by the Johnson & Johnson Foundation.  The Series brings distinguished leaders to Greenville, representing for-profit and non-profit firms, entrepreneurial activities, government, and public affairs. Topics highlight leadership, professional development, ethics, and the role of business in modern society.

Myer's presentation is free and open to the public. Free campus parking and shuttle service will be available at the Carol Belk Park and Ride Lot, located at the intersection of Greenville Blvd. and Charles Blvd.

Additional information about Betsy Myers is available at

This story appeared originally in the Dec. 21, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at