Friday October 6, 2006

Business as a Calling

Westina Matthews Shatteen, successful Wall Street executive, will headline UD's "Business as a Calling" series.

Westina Matthews Shatteen, managing director of community business development at Merrill Lynch in New York, will headline this year's series "Business as a Calling: Creating a Culture of Integrity" Oct. 12-13 at the University of Dayton.

UD's "Business as a Calling" annual series was created in response to the corporate scandals that have shaken public confidence in recent years. The series, now in its third year, focuses on exemplary business leaders who have earned the public's trust through their daily work.

A UD alumna and member of the University of Dayton's board of trustees, Matthews Shatteen will serve as executive-in-residence during the symposium, which is hosted by the School of Business Administration and co-sponsored by the Jacob Program in Professional Ethics. She's a native of Yellow Springs.

She will address "Your Competitive Advantage: Beyond Understanding or Measurement" at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Kennedy Union ballroom. The speech is free and open to the public, and a question-and-answer session will follow.

Her husband, Alan Shatteen, a UD alumnus and executive coach of Shatteen and Associates, will join her from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Science Center auditorium for a panel discussion, "Inside the Executive Suite." The panel format is modeled after Bravo Network's "Inside the Actors Studio," and will feature interviews with the Shatteens and questions from the audience. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Matthews Shatteen holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education from UD and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago. She was the first woman and the first person of color to be elected as a trustee for the Merrill Lynch Foundation and has had a 21-year career on Wall Street. The daughter of a minister, she has said that she has been guided by her father's advice. "'You have an obligation and a responsibility to give back, to pay your dues,' he told me."

She serves on the board of the Executive Leadership Council, a network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies. She was appointed by former mayor David Dinkins to serve a four-year term on New York City's Board of Education. The author of the "Have a Little Faith" series of inspirational books, she has addressed churches, conferences and campuses across the country.

This summer, she was profiled in The New York Times and also has been featured in Ebony's "Women at the Top in Corporate America" issue.

For more information, contact Teri Rizvi at 937-229-3255 or rizvi@udayton.edu.