Fortune editor visits March 16 for Munschauer lecture

By: Kathy Hovis,  A&S Communications
March 8, 2018

Leigh Gallagher ’94, senior editor at large at Fortune magazine, will talk about her work and her career path March 16 as the 2018 Arts & Sciences Career Development Center’s Munschauer Speaker.

Gallagher, an English major, writes and edits feature stories, helps steer the brand's editorial direction and serves as a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and Fortune Brainstorm Tech conferences.

"Leigh is a perfect match for our Munschauer Career Series, as she has built an enormously successful career around her liberal arts degree," said Jennifer Maclaughlin, director of the Arts & Sciences Career Development Center. "Her versatile career in journalism, publishing, communications and women in business holds great appeal to the Cornell population."

From 2014 -2016, Gallagher was the host of Fortune Live, the publication’s weekly, 30-minute digital video talk show. She is the author of two books: “The Airbnb Story” (2017), dedicated to the creation and growth of the disruptive Silicon Valley home-sharing startup, and “The End of the Suburbs” (2013), described as a “first-rate social history" and a “steel fist in a velvet glove.”

Gallagher is also a business news commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, CNBC, public radio’s Marketplace, and other outlets. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gallagher was a senior editor at SmartMoney and a writer for Forbes before joining Fortune in 2007.

The Munschauer Career Series Lecture will take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 in Room 120 of the Physical Sciences Building.

The Munschauer Career Series from the Arts & Sciences Career Development Center was endowed by the former director of the Cornell University Career Center, John Munschauer, to provide funds for graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences to return to campus to benefit current A&S students' career education. This annual program allows students to learn from alumni of note about a specific occupational field, individual career paths and the choices one makes over the course of a career.

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