The Robert T. LeClair Finance Department Seminar Series extends the curriculum by inviting leading scholars to speak with VSB students on leading issues within the finance industry. Past topics have included responsible investing and investment decision-making; the costs and benefits of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) for university endowments; and the pitfalls of central clearing in the derivatives markets. 


Seminars are held on Fridays at 1:45 p.m. in Bartley 3010.


February 9, 2024 Itzhak ("Zahi") Ben-David
Ohio State University
April 19, 2024 Todd Gormley
Washington University in St. Louis 


Todd Gormley is a Professor of Finance, Finance Area Chair, and Director of Global Master of Finance Program at the ​Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to rejoining Olin in 2016, Todd was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on why managers sometimes fail to act in the best interest of shareholders and what governance arrangements mitigate these conflicts. His most recent research has analyzed the growing impact of indexed investment products on firms and markets.

Todd Gormley has published in the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and other leading finance and economics journals. Todd is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Review of Finance, and previously served as an Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a B.A. in Economics at Michigan State University.

Itzhak ("Zahi") Ben-David is the Neil Klatskin Chair in Finance and Real Estate at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. He serves as the Academic Director of the Ohio State University Center for Real Estate. He teaches real estate finance classes to undergraduate and MBA students. He has been a NBER research associate since 2015.

Dr. Ben-David has published in top finance and economics journals, such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. His area of specialization is the real estate market, the financial markets, and behavioral finance. In his research on real estate, he explores the drivers for the housing bubble and the aftermath of the financial crisis. His research on the financial markets focuses on the behavior and effects of institutions in the equity market. In behavioral finance, Dr. Ben-David writes about behavioral biases of managers, investors, and households. He earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in Finance at the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Finance at London Business School and a B.A. in Accounting at Tel-Aviv University.

The 2023-2024 seminar schedule is organized by Lily Li and Tom Griffin. Please contact either Lily or Tom for more information.