The Mike Cottrell College of Business (MCCB) Cottrell Speaker Series recently welcomed Senior Vice President and Associate Research Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Dr. Paula Tkac to speak with students across the UNG community via a virtual webinar. She leads the financial markets and micro/macro research economics teams, serves as a policy adviser, and provides strategic direction for the research division.
Dr. Tkac conducts research on various financial market topics including investor decision making, the mutual fund industry, financial regulation and the recent financial crisis and policy responses. Her research has won two William F. Sharpe Awards at the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.
Due to current circumstances, the traditionally in-person event was held virtually which allowed for over 175 students across all five UNG campuses to listen to Dr. Tkac’s presentation titled “So You Want To Be An Economist,” during which she shared her experience of working in a male-dominated profession, how economics is a part of everyone’s everyday lives, the impact of Covid-19 on the financial sector, and how having a solid understanding of economics can empower individuals in their personal and professional lives.
“It was a great experience listening to Dr. Tkac and learning how the Federal Reserve develops financial plans and operates every year, as well as getting career advice as I get ready to graduate this semester,” said marketing senior Korrie Rogers. “The insights finance can provide are very beneficial regardless of your discipline and Dr. Tkac helped show that and reinforce that belief.”
In addition to publishing in academic journals, Dr. Tkac frequently speaks to academic and practitioner groups and has appeared on C-SPAN and as an op-ed writer in the Wall Street Journal.
Before she joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in 2000, Dr. Tkac was on the faculty of the finance department at the University of Notre Dame. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Chicago.
The Cottrell Speaker Series welcomes prominent business leaders and professionals to the Mike Cottrell College of Business to share and discuss leadership topics and practices with students, faculty, staff and local members of the business community.
In addition to hearing and learning from experts in their respective fields, the speaker series provides students with an opportunity to practice networking skills. Connections made through the program have led to student internship and employment opportunities.