STA meetings to feature N.C. State economics professor, NCTO executive

Posted April 5, 2021


The Southern Textile Association (STA) announced the dates and speakers of its two Joint Spring Meetings of its Northern & Southern Division.


There is no charge to attend these meetings but you will need to register in advance in order to participate.


April 27 meeting


The first meeting will take place Tuesday, April 27 from noon to 1 p.m. and will feature Michael Walden, Ph.D., William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist at North Carolina State University. He will present, “The Economy During and After the Pandemic.”


Walden received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University and has been at N.C. State since 1978. He has also been a visiting professor at Duke University. He has served on several local and state level commissions. Walden currently teaches ARE 201 Introduction to Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Walden has teaching, research and extension responsibilities at N.C. State University in the areas of consumer economics, economic outlook and public policy. He has published 11 books and more than 300 articles and reports, including the books North Carolina in the Connected Age in 2010 and North Carolina Beyond the Connected Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050 in 2017, both published by the UNC Press.

With his wife, he is the co-author of three "economic thrillers" – Macro Mayhem, Micro Mischief, and Fiscal Fiasco, designed to teach economics in an entertaining way.


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May 4 meeting


The second meeting will occur on Tuesday, May 4 from noon to 1 p.m. and will feature Sara Beatty, senior vice president and secretary of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). She will give offer a “Washington Update.”


Beatty has worked in government relations advocating for domestic textile industry since 2003. In 2013, she formed Whitehaven Trade Advisors, providing government consulting services and trade analysis to U.S. manufacturers and associations. She previously held the position of vice president of International Trade at the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC). Beatty graduated with a B.A. degree in English and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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The STA, established in 1908, is a nonprofit organization for individuals in the textile and related industries with a common interest in all phases of textile manufacturing in the USA. With more than 500 members, the venerable association is one of the largest textile-focused groups in the country. To learn more about the STA, please visit


Source: Southern Textile Association

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