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Law’s Partnoy Speaks at July 17 MSEL Event

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

University of San Diego Law Professor Frank Partnoy will discuss his new book,WAIT: The Art and Science of Delay on Tuesday, July 17 at a breakfast sponsored by USD’s Master of Science in Executive Leadership (MSEL) program.

Partnoy, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, “60 Minutes” and other national and international media, will talk about how taking control of time and slowing down our responses yields better results in almost every arena of life. Whether the subject is a tennis player returning a serve or a naval officer assessing a threat, Partnoy’s book weaves together findings from hundreds of scientific studies and interviews with wide-ranging experts to craft a picture of effective decision-making that runs counter to our brutally fast-paced world.

Bethany McLean, co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room, said “WAIT is one of those rare books that will change not just the way you think, but the way you act. The book is full of ideas that are fascinating, useful and, at times, mind-blowing. I was captivated.”

Christina de Vaca, director of USD’s MSEL program, said, “Professionals and executives who constantly must make critical decisions will surely benefit from Professor Partnoy’s thoughts and insights.”

Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the founding director of the Center for Corporate Securities Law at USD. He was formerly an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and a practicing corporate lawyer. His other books include The Match King: Ivar KreugerThe Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals and Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets.

Partnoy will be introduced at the MSEL breakfast by Garry Ridge, CEO of the WD-40 Company. A 2001 graduate of the MSEL program, Ridge said the graduate degree program helped him develop the current model for WD-40 that led to the company tripling its size over the last decade.

The MSEL program offers a combination of development in intra- and interpersonal skills, as well as the business acumen needed to lead organizations. The degree curriculum enhances a candidate’s strategic and collaborative ability, allowing him or her to unlock and sustain the power and potential of the entire organization.

Breakfast will be available from 7:15 to 8 a.m. and Partnoy will speak from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Warren Auditorium in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. There is no charge for this event, but seating is limited. RSVP at or email for more information. Copies of WAIT will be available for purchase at the event and a book signing will follow.

— Erick Podwill ‘13

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