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Fortune editor visits March 16 for Munschauer lecture

Leigh Gallagher

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 and Sciences Career Development Center’s Munschauer Speaker.

Gallagher, an English major at Cornell, writes and edits feature stories, helps steer the brand’s editorial direction and co-chairs 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 and Sciences Career Development Center. “Her versatile career in journalism, publishing, communications and women in business holds great appeal to the Cornell population.”

From 2014 to 2016, Gallagher hosted Fortune Live, the publication’s weekly, 30-minute digital video talk show. She is the author of two books: “The Airbnb Story” (2017), about the creation and growth of the 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, National Public Radio’s Marketplace and other outlets. She is 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 at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 in Room 120 of the Physical Sciences Building.

The Munschauer Career Series was endowed by the former director of the Cornell University Career Center, John Munschauer, to provide funds for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences to return to campus to benefit current students’ career education.

Kathy Hovis is a writer for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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