ECO Advisory Board

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DANIEL ARTHUR
Principal
The Brattle Group

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Dr. Arthur is an economist at The Brattle Group, an economic and litigation consulting firm.  He has more than twenty years of consulting and litigation experience in energy industries.  He specializes in the analysis of antitrust and market power, ratemaking and regulatory policy, and commercial litigation and has testified before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state public utility commissions, and federal courts. 

With respect to antitrust and market power issues, Dr. Arthur has testified regarding the evaluation of whether a firm, or firms, possess market power, the evaluation of market-based rates, as well as issues related to the determination of a competitive price, the evaluation of competitive alternatives, damages calculations, and the allocation of settlements for different consumer classes.  He has also testified in several regulatory ratemaking proceedings regarding cost of service issues and reasonable allocations of costs, and assists clients regarding rate design issues on varying portions of a system and for differing customers. 

Dr. Arthur earned his Ph.D. (1997) and M.A. (1994) in Economics, with a concentration in Industrial Organization, from Northwestern University.  He graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Economics, Finance, and Mathematics & Statistics in 1992.

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My undergraduate degree in economics from Miami provided the foundation for pursuing a Ph.D. in economics and a career applying economics to real world problems and events.  I was fascinated with how price levels are formed in competitive and non-competitive markets, and what is reflected in the prices of everyday items all around us.  I appreciate the education provided by the economics professors at Miami, including the opportunity to take Masters level classes as an undergraduate, as well as their willingness to help me to learn more outside of the classroom.  I felt the professors really got to know me, provided advice both during my undergraduate education about paths and coursework to pursue, and also continued to provide advice during graduate school as well as into my career path.  

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ADAM ASHCRAFT
Head of Enterprise Scenario Generation, Global Risk Analytics
Bank of America

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Adam Ashcraft joined Bank of America in September 2018.  In his current role, he manages a team responsible for the design and implementation of scenarios leveraged across the Bank for risk management, largely focused on use for Enterprise Stress Testing, Allowance, and Corporate Planning.   Before joining BAC, Adam worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for 17 years as a PhD Economist, Head of Credit Risk Management in the Risk Group, and as Co-Chair of the LISCC Liquidity Program.

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I became interested in economics after participating in policy debate in High School. I noticed that it was difficult to argue either side of most public policy issues without touching on important economic issues, and that if you looked you could always find economists arguing either side. Looking back, it is clear to me that it would be hard for anyone to have influence in public policy or business without a solid understanding of economics.

Completing a degree in Economics is an important step in ensuring that you will not only have a job, but have one that you actually like. It will start by giving you the vocabulary to understand the business media. It will continue by teaching you frameworks through which to evaluate public policy and business decisions. It will help you develop expertise in tools which can be used for you to develop and evaluate hypotheses about the world around you. Finally, it will allow you to advance your analytical thinking skills, so you will be better prepared to work through situations for which classes could never prepare you

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SAMANTHA DWINELL
Chief People Officer
The MENTOR Network

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As Chief People Officer, Samantha Dwinell leads people operations for The MENTOR Network and is responsible for enabling 35,000 passionate and committed employees who provide community-based health and human services for children and adults with intellectual and cognitive disabilities and their families.  Her team architects and delivers people strategies that help drive organizational growth, a compelling employee experience, and foster a caring and inclusive environment.

Dwinell previously served as Vice President of Talent Management at Texas Instruments, where she ensured the organization had a continual pipeline of diverse internal and external talent ready and committed to meeting business needs.  Additional roles at Texas Instruments include Divisional Head of Human Resources for the Wireless Business Unit and Human Resources Director for TI France.

Dwinell is an innovative and collaborative executive with extensive leadership experience helping organizations to grow, transform, and excel with a focus on delivering a compelling employee experience that inspires high performance.  She brings a broad background in business, talent management, change management, organization and leadership development, culture and engagement, coaching, diversity and inclusion, people analytics and HR technology. 

In the community, Dwinell supports efforts to promote the education and development of the next generation of leaders, particularly women and young girls. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Women’s Foundation and previously served on the Board of Advisors for Catalyst Inc.  She currently serves as the Chairperson for the Industry Advisory Council for the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as sits on the Economics Advisory Board for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Dwinell earned a master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in Organization Development from Benedictine University in Illinois.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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Economics teaches and helps build critically important foundational skills –  such critical thinking, quantitative analysis, informed decision-making – that I use every day at work and in my personal life.  As part of the honors program and a sociology major, I somewhat haphazardly found myself in Dr. Mike Curme’s economics class.  And I loved it!  While sociology helped me understand the interactions of people and groups, economics provided a much needed balance to understanding business.  It’s probably no surprise then that I’ve built a successful career in Human Resources over the past 20 years.

 

I’m passionate about helping to build the next generation of leaders, particularly young girls like my daughter.  Through community involvement, such as engaging with Miami University, I hope that I can make even a small difference in the lives of others.

Shibani Faehnle

SHIBANI FAEHNLE
KeyBank (Sr. Initiative Development Manager); BombayTaxiBoutique.com (Founder and CEO); SheInTheCLE (Founding Partner)

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Shibani Faehnle joined KeyBank in 2005 and is currently a Business Development Strategist with the Community Bank. Prior to that, she was the Interim Intern Program Manager for the Corporate Bank. Her past experiences at Key include Vice President with the Private Loan Management Group of KeyBanc Capital Markets, focusing on the Gaming Travel & Leisure, Healthy & Active, and Food & Wine sectors within the Consumer Markets segment. In addition, Shibani covered Technology as well as Waste Management.

Prior to joining the firm, she was a Commercial Credit Analyst at Sky Financial Group, subsequent to completing a management training program at Sky. She also worked as an Account Manager at CDW.

Shibani holds a B.S. in Business Economics from Miami University. In 2003, she received a M.A. in Economics, also from Miami University. Shibani graduated from The Cleveland Leadership Center’s Bridge Builders Program in 2015.

Shibani is a board member for the Young Professionals Advisory Council for Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. She is also a board member for the inaugural class of BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence Young Professionals Ambassadors Program. She leads Key’s Young Professional Business Networking and Impact Group. She is a former board member and current active volunteer for Secondhand Mutts and The Circle- Cleveland Orchestra’s Young Professionals. Shibani is a founding partner of SheInTheCLE.com, a nationally recognized blog. She is also the founder of BombayTaxiBoutique.com, an online jewelry boutique and blog, which was awarded Editor’s Choice for Best Online Boutique by Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland 2016. She was also honored as Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 in 2016. She is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, women’s leadership and young professionals leadership. Shibani is a native of Mumbai, India and has called Cleveland, Ohio home since 2004.

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JILL KOSONEN
Director
Duff & Phelps, A Kroll Business

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Jill Kosonen is a Director at Duff & Phelps, a Kroll Business based in Chicago, Illinois.  Jill specializes in transfer pricing and valuation for multinational enterprises, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and tax-exempt organizations. Ms. Kosonen has more than 15 years of experience in planning, documenting, and resolving a wide range of transfer pricing matters for many of the leading global life sciences, industrial, and consumer goods companies. She has participated in transfer pricing audits involving negotiations with the United States, Belgian, Canadian, Chinese, Irish, and Korean taxing authorities. Ms. Kosonen has provided economic analysis for the issuance of asset-backed securities including statistical sampling and estimation procedures and fair value determinations associated with credit risk retention requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act.

Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Ms. Kosonen was the head of the transfer pricing practice at Epsilon Economics, which was named as a leading US transfer pricing advisory firm for 2020 by International Tax Review / TP Week. Previously, Jill was an Associate Principal with Charles River Associates.

Ms. Kosonen received her B.S. in Business Economics from Miami University in 2002. She also completed studies in Luxembourg at the John E. Dolibois European Center of Miami University and in Russia at the Institute of Business Studies in Moscow in the summer of 2000. Jill is a co-chair of the International Tax committee and member of the Chicago Tax Club.  Jill is a member of the National Association of Business Economists. Jill is also passionate about her work with the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs as a Board of Trustees member.  Jill and her husband have two children.

Reflection

Shortly after taking my first economics classes during my sophomore year, including Dr. Thomasson’s Health Economics class, I switched my major from accounting to business economics. I was instantly hooked!  Economics helped me to see and understand the world, business, and human behavior in a way that I’d never experienced up until my first few classes.  In hindsight, I think that economics also help me tap into my love of data and data visualization.  Economics challenged me to think instead of simply memorize rules.  After participating in the summer Luxembourg and Russia study abroad programs, I quickly declared an international business minor comprising many internationally-focused economics classes, such as international monetary policy.   As a student, I did not know exactly where economics would take me career wise, but I liked the challenge of finding opportunities in the field.   Fast forward to today -- I’ve spent my career in economics and finance, with nearly 20 years of experience in economic consulting working for multinationals.  I am very grateful to the economics professors, fellow students, and department at Miami for preparing me well for a life-long career in economics.

 

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BRIAN OSGOOD
Executive Director
UBS

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I've spent the last 40 years on Wall Street in sales and trading with a focus on exchange traded derivatives. I began my career by creating and implementing a bond arbitrage program for a Chicago based firm that I ran for 8 years before moving on to sales at Bear Stearns in 1990. After 10 years I moved on to UBS where I currently run the equity index sales and trading group in New York. We cover a broad spectrum of clients including Asset Managers, Hedge Funds and Insurance Companies helping them optimize portfolio performance using exchange traded derivative products across the globe and while we specialize in equity index products we trade across multiple asset classes around the world.

Reflection

I was initially drawn to Economics as a major because of the broad range of independent thinking it required but it really came together in an advanced labor economics class in my junior year, 6 students and a professor just sitting and talking through issues, policy and theories for 90 minutes. It was during this time that I decided that continuing my studies beyond undergraduate was the path I was going to follow but even then I was uncertain where it would lead after that. Two years of course work and qualifying exams later I took off for New York to see what it had to offer. I'm not sure I knew what futures contracts were at that point but the combination of mathematics and analytics has kept me engaged and entertained for nearly 40 years.

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LAURE REDIFER
Mission Chief
International Monetary Fund

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Laure Redifer earned a Master’s degree in Economics from Miami University in 1988. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies from Miami University in 1987.

Reflection

I came to Miami in 1983 to participate in its fledgling international studies program. After taking Rich Hart's honors macroeconomics course, I was hooked on economics. My undergraduate years at Miami were packed with activities, including participating in the Honors Program and Student Government and serving as an RA. The friendships developed with my economics professors (special call out to Dennis Sullivan and Homer Erekson) endure to this day, as do those with many of my fellow Bishop Hall nerds. As a graduate student and teaching assistant, the learning challenges deepened, but my professors were amazingly supportive (special call out to Mark McBride). Again, I developed lifelong friendships with my fellow students. These experiences at Miami were formative in the best way, equally because of the friendships and the sense of purpose fostered by my professors and peers. I've traveled the world in my career, and the people I met at Miami compare with the best of them - they are doing great things to make a positive difference in the world. The sense of purpose and community was the most valuable take-away from my time at Miami.

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KATY ROUSE
Associate Professor of Economics
Elon University

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Katy Rouse is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University in Elon, NC. Katy is an applied microeconomist with scholarship interests in the economics of education and health economics. Katy has published several papers on the effects of schools switching from traditional to multi-track year-round calendars. Her research on this topic has attracted attention from a wide range of media outlets, including The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Wall Street Journal, and WUNC North Carolina Public Radio. Her recent research explores the relationships between physical education, child bodyweight and human capital outcomes. While at Elon, she has taught Business Economics, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Health Economics, Principles of Economics, and an upper-level capstone course she created called “Understanding Educational Disparities in the United States”.

Katy earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 and a B.A. in Economics from Miami in 2002. Prior to entering graduate school in the fall of 2004, Katy worked for almost two years as an analyst for InteCap, Inc. (now part of Charles River Associates) in Chicago, IL.

Reflection

My first economics class was Honors Principles of Microeconomics with Jerry Miller. When I enrolled in that course, I was still struggling to find a college major. I signed up primarily because I needed to take a course designated as honors. I didn’t know anything about the discipline and had no idea that class would eventually lead me to a career I love. Jerry Miller was an incredible teacher, and I absolutely loved that class. The next semester I signed up for Honors Principles of Macro with Rich Hart. After a successful first exam, Professor Hart pulled me aside, asked me my major, and said, “I think you should switch to economics.” The rest, they say, is history. I went on to do well in my courses and was encouraged to write a departmental honors thesis. I took a small workshop with Dennis Sullivan where I learned about economics research and refined my writing and presentation skills. Then, in my final semester, I worked one-on-one with Melissa Thomasson to write my thesis, and I presented the final product to a room full of professors. Coming full circle, also in my senior year, I worked as a supplemental instructor for that first economics class I loved so much – Jerry Miller’s Principles of Micro. That role allowed me to experience the joys of college teaching.

I am so grateful for the professors and mentors I had at Miami. If I hadn’t taken that first class with Jerry Miller or been tapped on the shoulder by Rich Hart, I may never have found a major I loved. The experiential learning experiences of writing an undergraduate thesis and working as a supplemental instructor led me to the desire to pursue graduate study. As a college professor myself, I now try to emulate my Miami professors who made such an impact on my life. I work hard to create engaging classes and to illustrate the many applications of the field and the benefits of learning to “think like an economist”. I reach out to promising students to encourage them to pursue the major. I have mentored many senior theses and university honors projects. I feel so fortunate to have found a career that I love, and I owe that to the economics department at Miami.

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CHARLOTTE SMITH
Director, Global Sales Process
FIS  

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Charlotte is a 2016 Miami University MECO graduate, now working in Sales Enablement for the merchant payments line of business of FIS, the world’s largest fintech and leader in banking, investments and payments. Charlotte leads a small, growing team responsible for process enhancements to enable FIS’s sales teams to sell faster and deliver an optimal customer experience. Over the previous year she was responsible for the global integration of three lines of business into one following the $11B merger of rival payments companies. Prior to this, Charlotte spent two years in FIS’s leadership, rotational program called FLDP. During her time in the FLDP program, Charlotte held roles in Risk, Information Security, and Compliance. The rotational program helped her develop the ability to be agile in the face of constant change, whether that be in the form of a new content area, manager, team, set of expectations or goals every six months. This has allowed her to adapt quickly as priorities of the business shift and that continues to carry her forward in the ever changing world of payments.

Reflection

In my role with FIS, I have been responsible for the global integration of three lines of business into one following a large acquisition. The integration work has been challenging and yet fascinating as we’ve solved numerous complex problems to design a global sales process that accommodates a variety of unique requirements. My experience in the rigorous MA Econ program was invaluable to the development of my ability to think critically, synthesize complex information, and solve problems with limited instruction. If I think about my day to day in the corporate world, those are three of the leading skills I leverage in order to progress my career.

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BRYCE STEPHENS
Principal
Bates White Economic Consulting

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Bryce Stephens has deep expertise in compliance with consumer financial protection laws and regulations. Dr. Stephens is an expert in large-scale data construction and analysis, economic and statistical analysis, and statistical sampling. He has worked on a variety of engagements involving fraud and breach of contract in adherence to mortgage underwriting standards and fair lending and fair housing compliance. Dr. Stephens' work in fair lending and fair housing includes advising on regulatory expectations, briefing on policy developments, conducting statistical analysis to identify potential fair lending and fair housing risks, supporting clients under investigation, preparing for potential litigation, and responding to regulatory in-reach.

Prior to joining Bates White, Dr. Stephens served as a Section Chief in the Office of Research at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. There, he conducted fair lending analysis of consumer loan products in the context of supervisory examinations and enforcement actions. He advised on the technical aspects and strategic direction of fair lending-related rulemakings and policy initiatives, including the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), small business lending data collection (as required by Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act), and the Bureau’s efforts to curb the practice of dealer markup in auto lending. He also served as a subject matter expert on technical and compliance issues related to the use of alternative data and machine learning models.

Reflection

My first course in economics at Miami was Jerry Miller’s Principles of Microeconomics. I remember being so excited about using math and models to study social phenomena. I continued my studies in economics at Miami and later in graduate school and have always appreciated the way that my training in economics has shaped my worldview. Studying economics taught me how to think and reason, which have been invaluable to me over the course of my career.