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Else School of Management at Millsaps College Hosts Fall Forum on Sept. 15, 2015

by Web on August 18, 2015

Sara L. JohnsonThe economic outlook for Mississippi and the nation as a whole will be the topic of the Millsaps College Else School of Management Fall Forum 2015 scheduled Sept. 15 at 8 a.m. on the Millsaps College campus.Sara L. Johnson, senior research director at IHS Economics, will present the national outlook, and Darrin Webb, state economist, will present the forecast for Mississippi.

The forum is sponsored by the CFA Society of Mississippi. 

The program will take place in Murrah Hall, room 200 at Millsaps. Doors will open at 8 a.m., and a complimentary continental breakfast will be served. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free.

Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Reservations may be emailed to or made by calling 601-974-1254.

In her role as senior research director, Johnson helps clients assess worldwide business and financial opportunities and risks. IHS Economics provides economic forecasts and analyses of more than 200 countries. Johnson co-authors the Global Executive Summary, managers the Executive Strategy Council and presents the IHS economic outlook to international conferences. 

She was previously North American research director and chief regional economist with Standard & Poor’s DRI, a predecessor of IHS Economics. She has a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Wellesley College and an M.A. in economics from Harvard University with concentrations in finance and macroeconomic theory.

Darrin WebbJohnson is a former director of the National Association for Business Economics and the NABE Foundation and was named a NABE Fellow in 2014. She is a member of The Boston Economic Club and the American Economic Association.

Webb, state economist and director of the University Research Center since July 2010, works directly with the state revenue-forecasting group, serving traditionally as the chair. He forecasts and monitors collections of state general fund revenue and works closely with the Legislative Budget Office, the Legislature, the governor's administration and other agencies on matters concerning the state's economy and long-range strategic planning. 

Before being named state economist, Webb was senior economist for the University Research Center for 15 years. Before joining the University Research Center, Webb was assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is a native Mississippian and received his Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University, his master’s in agricultural economics and his baccalaureate in agribusiness from Mississippi State University. He also earned an associate degree in agribusiness from Hinds Community College.