Media Relations

September 16, 2015

Top executives from major national corporations provide insights in new season

Economic Club of Phoenix features leaders from McKesson, Starbucks, Blue Nile and Federal Reserve for lunch series

Top executives from Starbucks, McKesson, Blue Nile, LifeLock and the Federal Reserve are among those headlining the new season of the Economic Club of Phoenix (ECP) speaker series. Hosted by Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business, ECP brings together business, labor, academia and the public sector to examine current economic issues and discuss implications for the future.

“The Economic Club of Phoenix has been at the intersection of knowledge and networking for Valley business leaders for the past 30 years,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business. “By bringing in executives of major corporations from across the nation to speak about their experience and insights, we strengthen the local business environment and economy.”

In addition to the featured guest speaker, each event opens with the Economic Minute where respected W. P. Carey researchers and faculty report on trends and policy that shape our local, national and international economy.

This season’s speaker lineup includes:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – B. Ravikumar, former vice president, Research Division, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis at Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Phoenix, 5:30-7 p.m. Ravikumar joined the faculty at the business school this fall as professor of economics.
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 – Cliff Burrows, group president, U.S., Americas and Teavana; Starbucks Coffee Company at the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10 – Susan Salka, CEO, president and director of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
  • Thursday, Jan. 28 – Harvey Kanter, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Blue Nile at the Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale. 
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Hillary Schneider, president, LifeLock, Inc. 
  • Thursday, April 21 – John Hammergren, chairman, president and CEO, McKesson Corporation at the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale. Hammergren will be awarded the Dean’s Council Executive of the Year. 
  • Wednesday, May 11 – Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix

All luncheons run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Non-members are welcome for an $85 luncheon fee. For more information about the club or to reserve seats, call 480-727-0596, e-mail or go to