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November 3 Economic Perspectives Features “Save Yourself Financial Plan” for Women

Posted by HH on October 31, 2008

Monique Gonzalez

Monique Gonzalez

Monique Gonzalez and Dinita Caldwell will discuss the Women and Money: Save Yourself Financial Plan workshop series sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Austin Alumnae Chapter on the November 3 edition of Economic Perspectives. The workshop series, based on Suze Orman’s book Women and Money, will cover the following subjects in it next four sessions:

  • Credit Cards and FICO credit Scores – November 13
  • Retirement Investing – December 11
  • Must Have Documents – January 10
  • Protecting Your Family and Home – February 11

    Dinita Caldwell

    Dinita Caldwell

Monique Gonzalez is chairman of the economic development committee of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Austin Alumnae Chapter. She has a bachelors degree from Texas A & M University, a masters degree from the University of North Texas and a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. She is an attorney and owns a property management company. Dinita Caldwell is a member of the Delta’s economic development committee and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Community Outreach Coordinator for Capital Metro. She has a bachelors degree from Michigan State University.


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Economic Perspectives Podcast: A Historical Perspective on Financial Crisis

Posted by HH on October 26, 2008

The University of Texas at Austin history professor H. W. Brands, provides a historical perspective on today’s financial crisis in a special 10 minute podcast of Economic Perspectives.  Professor Brands has written a number of books that have examined various aspects of the economic history of the United States. In this interview, Professor Brands:

  • Compares today’s financial crisis with the Great Depression 
  • Opines on how Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke academic background prepared him for this crisis
  • Provides feedback on the federal bailout 

Professor Brands latest book is The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Year’s War Over the American Dollar, published in 2006.  The Money Men, provides an insightful perspective of the the clash between the “democrats,” who wanted cheap money and feared the concentration of money in the hands of the few, and “capitalists,” who sought the soundness of a national bank and the profits that came with it.  The book traces the impact of five major players in our economic history including Alexander Hamilton, the first U. S. Secreatry of the Treasury and legendary banker J. P. Morgan, who bailed the U.S. banking system out of two major financial crisis.

Economic Perspectives Interview on History of U.S. Financial Crises

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Oct. 27 Economic Perspectives Features Inc. Magazine Columnist and Author Norm Brodsky

Posted by HH on October 24, 2008

Norm Brodsky, co-author of The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up, will be the guest on the October 27 edition of Economic Perspectives.  In The Knack, Brodsky and his co-author Bo Burlingham, show small business entrepreneurs how to deal with all kinds of tricky situations from asking investors for money to dealing with employee problems to deciding when to grow.

Their advice includes:

  • How relying on your receivables as your inner bank can help you survive today’s credit crisis
  • What to do if customers stop paying bills on time
  • How to protect yourself from the inevitability of creeping expenses
  • How to retain customers when your competitors cut prices

Brodsky co-writes the Inc. Magazine column Street Smarts with Burlingham and is the founder of CitiStorage and seven previous start-ups.  He has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and sold his record storage company for $110 million in a leveraged buyout.

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Author of Billion Dollar Lessons on Economic Perspectives Oct. 10

Posted by HH on October 13, 2008

Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll, co-author of Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years, will be a guest on the October 10 edition of Economic perspectives.  Carroll along with co-author Chunka Mui researched 750 major business disasters of the past quarter-century to find lessons that provide “failure insurance” for almost any strategy.  They found that 46% of these 750 failures could have been avoided if the companies had been aware of potential problems.  They also found that the #1 cause of failure was misguided strategy-not sloppy execution, poor leadership, or bad luck.

Carroll wrote for The Wall Street Journal for seventeen years and is the author of Big Blues: The Unmaking of IBM. 

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East Austin Economic Summit Topic of Oct. 6 Show

Posted by HH on October 6, 2008

Brian Kelsey

Brian Kelsey

Brian Kelsey, Director of Community & Economic Development at the Capital Area Council of Government and Tanya Ladha, Outreach and Research Manager for PeopleFund will be guests on the October 6 edition of Economic Perspectives.  Kelsey will be presenting the East Austin Economic Outlook at the East Austin Economic Summit 08 being held October 11, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m at ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd.  Sponsored by PeopleFund, the Summit will also include breakout sessions on small business resources, workforce development and continuing education, foreclosure prevention, and public transportation. 

Kelsey formerly worked for the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan think tank in Washington D.C. where he co-authored Measuring Regional Innovation: A Guidebook for Conducting Regional Assessments.  For more information on the East Austin Economic Summit 08 go to

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