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New York Times Best-Selling Author to Headline the Volk Symposium Hosted by USD's Beacom School of Business

Sheelah Kolhatkar headshot Sheelah Kolhatkar is the featured guest speaker for the Arthur A. Volk Symposium.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business announces Sheelah Kolhatkar, author of New York Time’s best-selling book, "Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest To Bring Down the Most Wanted Man On Wall Street," as the featured guest speaker for the Arthur A. Volk Symposium Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Ballroom at the University of South Dakota.

Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst, is a staff writer and financial columnist at The New Yorker where she writes about Wall Street, Silicon Valley, technology, economics and national politics. She has appeared as a commentator on business and economic issues on CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, CBS, NPR and contributes regularly to NPR’s Marketplace and WNYC’s Money Talking.

The public is invited to “Breaking the Cycle of Scandal: The Essential Tie between Ethics & Leadership,” an informative discussion with Kolhatkar on the importance of ethics in business. Drawing on her work hosting a public television series on business ethics, and her investigative journalism covering some of the most complex and fascinating business corruption cases of the day, Kolhatkar looks at how we got to this point and how business leaders can help create a tone at the top that brings out the most ethical, and effective, business decisions.

Arthur A. Volk was a Beacom School of Business faculty member who served a 36-year tenure at USD as an accounting professor and director of the Business Placement Bureau. Through the generosity of many donors, the Arthur A. Volk Symposium endowment was established with the USD Foundation to perpetuate the memory of Volk’s outstanding service to the students of this university. The symposium is hosted by the USD Beacom School of Business to bring together students, academicians and business leaders for discussion of current topics of interest. 

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USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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