The annual Whitman Lecture series arises from the generosity and the vision of Marina and Robert Whitman. Marina v.N. Whitman is professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She formerly served as vice president and group executive for public affairs at General Motors, as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers and as Distinguished Public Service Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a member of the Institute's Board of Directors for many years.