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St. Olaf launches ‘On the Road’ program with New York event

President David R. Anderson ’74 (left) and economist Dean Maki ’87 answer questions from the audience during the St. Olaf On the Road event in New York.

St. Olaf College is hitting the road this year, and at the first stop — New York City — more than 150 people joined President David R. Anderson ’74 for a discussion with economist Dean Maki ’87.

Maki, a managing director and chief economist for Point72 Asset Management, spoke about a variety of issues facing the global economy and the value of a liberal arts education.

The October 10 gathering in New York marked the first St. Olaf On the Road event of the academic year. The program — which brings alumni, parents, and friends of the college together with prospective students for conversation and networking — will also hold events this year in Minneapolis, Seattle, and Denver.

The event in New York included 34 current students participating in the St. Olaf Connections Program. The Connections Program, organized by the St. Olaf Piper Center for Vocation and Career, brings students to cities around the country to meet with alumni and see firsthand how Oles are succeeding in all sorts of endeavors.

In his role with Point72 Asset Management, Maki is responsible for analyzing and forecasting the U.S., Asian, and European economies and monetary and fiscal policies. From 2005 to 2014, he was a managing director and the chief U.S. economist at Barclays. Bloomberg News named him “the most accurate forecaster” of U.S. Gross Domestic Product in 2009 and the Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index from 2008 to 2010. He was also awarded the 2013 Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy for being the most accurate overall forecaster of the U.S. economy from 2009 to 2012.

Listen to his discussion with President Anderson in the video below.