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Press Release


October 13, 2009

(Albuquerque, NM) The Anderson School of Management is offering a speaker series on Monday nights featuring seven well-known speakers on microfinance.
The speaker series will be broadcast live from the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The simulcast will be offered on Mondays from 5 – 7 p.m., beginning on October 26 and ending on December 7.
The broadcast can be seen in Anderson Room 1068 on the UNM Campus. Members of the UNM and local community are welcome and there is no cost to attend the series. For more information about the speaker series e-mail

Access the Microfinance Syllabus.

The Speaker Series
October 26
Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui, Chairman, Compartamos

November 2
Kurt Koeningsfest, CEO of BancoSol

November 9
Kendall Mau, CEO, Prisma Microfinance

November 16
Steve Hardgrave, Partner, Gray Ghost Ventures

November 23
Chris Dunford, President, Freedom from Hunger

November 30
Maya Chorengal, Managing Director, Elevar Capital
Jean Phillippe Deschrevel, Founder & CEO, Blue Orchard Finance USA and

December 7
Tracey Turner, Founder & CEO, Microplace

Anderson and other UNM students can receive three units of academic credit in the second 8-week session of the fall semester if they complete the following requirements:

(1) Enroll in the course under Jeanne Logsdon’s independent study course number, MGMT 551, Section 042 (CRN 13906).

(2) Attend the introductory class on Monday, Oct. 19, from 4:30 to 6:45 pm, in ASM 1068 and then attend each speaker’s presentation and do the weekly readings. (Students seeking academic credit will meet at 4:30 on each class day for class discussion before the simulcast begins at 5 pm.)

(3) Read and report on one of the following books:
a. Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism, by Muhammad Yunus. New York: Public Affairs, 2007.
b. Banker to the Poor, by Muhammad Yunus. New York: Public Affairs, 1999.

(4) Complete a significant research project on a topic related to microfinance (e.g., analysis of a contemporary issue in the emerging field of microfinance; country-specific cases of good and/or questionable microfinance activities; development of a microfinance project in New Mexico or another geographical area). Discussion of the research project will take place in the Oct. 19 class meeting.

Access the Microfinance Syllabus.


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