From Derivatives to Triple Doubles

Nobel economist Myron Scholes and basketball star Magic Johnson to talk business and sports in USF lecture series

By ED CARPENTER, USF NEWS Posted Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:14

USF continues its Silk Speaker Series this fall, bringing national experts to campus, including Nobel Prize-winning economist Myron Scholes and NBA superstar and serial entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.

Myron Scholes
5:30–7 p.m. Aug. 30
McLaren Complex
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.
5:30–7 p.m. Oct. 18
War Memorial Gymnasium

Scholes pioneered derivatives pricing and will discuss the changing landscape in the international financial markets at USF Aug. 30. Magic Johnson will talk about the business of basketball and what athletics taught him about running his businesses Oct. 18. 

Learn from distinguished leaders

"Each semester our goal is to give students and alumni the chance to learn from Nobel laureates and distinguished leaders,” said Jeff Silk ’87, a School of Management business alumnus and successful investor, who, with his wife, funds the speaker series. “From technology to athletics, speakers give advice to our students on how to best prepare for future success and how they are changing the world from here." 

Scholes is the Frank E. Buck professor of finance, emeritus, at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he still teaches a course called “Managing Under Uncertainty.” He has consulted widely with financial institutions, corporations, and exchanges, and has served as an adviser to the Guangdong provincial government.

Johnson is a five-time NBA champion, three-time NBA MVP, Olympic gold medalist, and 12-time NBA All-Star. He retired from basketball in the early ’90s, after he learned he had HIV/AIDS. Since then, he’s been a successful NBA team owner, property developer, and movie Cineplex owner/developer, and earns millions from endorsements and by partnering with businesses like 24 Hour Fitness, where he helped to create the company’s popular Magic Johnson Signature Clubs.  

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