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The purpose of the center's Student Leadership and Ethics Board is to foster a culture and safeguard a tradition of principled leadership throughout the Columbia Business School community. The Board fulfills its purpose by developing, implementing and monitoring programs that cultivate leadership, build character, and promote ethical decision making, which, in turn, enable Columbia Business School students to become productive, moral, and caring participants in their companies and communities.
Each year, first- and second-year Columbia MBA and EMBA students are selected based on an interest in these areas, demonstrated leadership skills, and past academic and work experience.
Working with the faculty, staff, alumni, and other students, members of the Leadership and Ethics Board develop, support, organize, and market such center events as high-profile speakers and experiential learning activities. In doing so, Leadership and Ethics Board members have the opportunity to interact closely with distinguished speakers, panelists, and professors and to contribute to the MBA experience.
Members of the Leadership and Ethics Board also take part in the center's faculty dinners and interact with Bernstein Faculty Leaders.
Board Members for 2015-2016
Alexander Pearlman is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. After graduating from the University of Rochester with a BA in Political Science, Alex moved to New Orleans as a Teach for America corps member. He served three years at a high school math teacher in a local public school, and during that time worked closely with The New Teacher Project training and certifying first-year secondary math and science teachers. From 2010 to 2014, Alex served many roles as a founding member of ReNEW Schools first as Director of Finance and Operations, then as Director of Human Capital, and finally as Executive Director of Operations.
Thomas Hendrix is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served for over nine years as an Infantry Officer and Green Beret, conducting multiple deployments to more than six countries. Most recently, Thomas served as a commander in the Counter Terrorism - Crisis Response Force for the Middle East and North Africa. Following his military service, Thomas has studied entrepreneurship and innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School, and currently works in finance in New York.
Aaron Allon is an EMBA candidate at Columbia Business School. After graduating from New York University with a BA in Economics, Aaron began a career in the investment management industry. In 2010, Aaron co‐founded a venture capital fund where he invests in early stage technology companies.
He is particularly interested in the necessity for sound leadership at hyper growth companies. During his time at Columbia University, he hopes to develop as leader so that he may better serve the teams of his current and future investments.
David is a second year MBA candidate who previously worked at Barclays Bank in the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics team, the Strategic Change Management team and the UK Community Investment team based in London. Most recently, David focused on Barclays global social finance strategy as part of its overarching Citizenship program. He was also selected as a Barclays Health & Wellness Champion, one of 30 global representatives leading events and promoting healthy living across the bank. He graduated from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business in 2011 with a BS in International Business. As an undergraduate, David studied abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai and HKUST in Hong Kong. David grew up in New Jersey and enjoys tennis, high intensity interval training and traveling in his free time.
Divya Bharwani ’16
Divya Bharwani is a second-year MBA student at Columbia Business School. Prior to coming to CBS, she worked as a Research Analyst at the India offices of Egon Zehnder, a leading global Executive Search and Leadership Strategy Services firm, where she focused on CXO-level recruiting in the Financial Services and Private Equity sectors. Divya joined Egon Zehnder from MAPE Advisory Group, a boutique Investment Bank, where she worked on Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity fundraising deals in India. Divya graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a degree in Economics and International Studies. She has completed internships at Wellesley Partners (Hong Kong), Deutsche Bank (Hong Kong), UBS (Chicago), BNP Paribas (Mumbai) and Standard Chartered Bank (Mumbai). Divya is passionate about traveling, food, and fitness, and is an internationally licensed Zumba Fitness instructor.
Captain Steven Benedetti is a West Point graduate with over 8 years of active duty service in the United States Army. He has served as both an infantry and intelligence officer and will return to serve after completing his graduate studies. He has deployed to both Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa in command positions and firmly believes that a strong moral compass and values based leadership was essential to navigating these complex environments. During his time at Columbia University, he hopes to broaden his leadership aperture to be a better leader to the amazing men and women serving in uniform.
Jacqueline Churchwell is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School and is concurrently pursuing her Masters in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was born and raised in Herndon, Virginia. Jackie graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce and Concentrations in Marketing and Information Technology and a Minor in Leadership. At UVA, she spent four years serving as an Educator for Virginia’s Honor System as well as Overall Chair for Dance Marathon and Service Chair for McIntire School of Commerce. Jacqueline continues to be a Trustee of the University of Virginia and she is Co-Chair for her Class Reunion in 2016. After graduation, Jackie moved to New York City and worked at Citigroup as a Capital Markets Analyst in Structured Finance. She was with Citi for over a year when she decided to pursue her passion for leadership and organizational behavior taking a role as an Executive Recruiter at Russell Reynolds Associates. In 2014, Jackie joined Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund globally, in a recruiting research role. Jacqueline spent her summer before business as Chief of Staff in her family’s business, Tech 2000. Outside of work, Jackie is Treasurer for Winter Ball in the New York Junior League and also a member of the Select Committee the Strategic Oversight and Insight Committee and iMentor.
Daphne Chang is a consultant at Accenture within the Health and Public Service practice in New York. She focuses on healthcare operational strategy and has advised on the launch of the Health Insurance Exchanges and implementation of other Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions. Daphne has participated in several projects through Accenture Development Partnerships, the non-profit group within Accenture that promotes international development, and has experience working in Africa. Prior to Accenture, she worked at the New York Stock Exchange in the Exchange Traded Products group and at KPMG in the Forensic Advisory group. Daphne holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Health and Societies.
Alexander Jugant grew up overseas, but despite having spent approximately 15 years in Asia, he calls Palo Alto, California home. He earned his BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University in Utah. He also served for 2 years in Malaysia as a Christian missionary teaching ethical principles and providing humanitarian aid to the native people on the island of Borneo. For the last 3 years, he has been working as a Real Estate Developer in the San Francisco Bay Area developing low-income housing for families and seniors.
Darren He is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Previously, he worked at Exeter Group, Inc., where he was a Director of Product Development focusing on new healthcare systems, and also a Project Manager on the technology consulting team. Darren graduated from Harvard University in 2009 with a BA in Neurobiology and a minor in Health Policy. Outside of school, Darren is working on getting a socially-minded coffee start-up off the ground.
Daniel Katz is a first year EMBA student at Columbia Business School, and also Vice President of Global Strategic Projects at Swiss Re, a diversified reinsurance company. He began his career studying neuroscience, and at 17 years old published a paper on the neurophysiology of hunger in the Journal of Nutrition. While at University, he supported the founding of the Cornell Social Business Consulting Group, a pro bono student run consulting organization that now operates dozens of projects on 4 continents. After the financial crisis in 2008, he joined Swiss Re in 2009 with the hope of becoming a stabilizing force in an increasingly fragile global economy.
Matt Knise is a second year MBA student hailing from McLean, Virginia. He graduated in 2010 from Bowdoin College with a BA in Economics where he was captain of the varsity tennis team and member of the Young Alumni Leadership Program. After college, he began working at Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice where he advised large governmental organizations on how to establish efficient business practices. In 2011, he moved to Capital One where he led efforts to minimize credit risk and optimize marketing strategies in the company’s partnership credit card portfolios. Outside of school, Matt hopes to remain active in the community and currently sponsors a student at a tuition free charter school in Washington, DC.
Jessica Levine ’16
Jessica Levine is a second year MBA candidate from New York. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a BA in Urban Studies. At university, Jessica served on community development boards. Jessica worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a Leadership Fellow in operations, finance, and strategy. Previously, she was a program coordinator for a global education nonprofit and a consultant for an international communications and strategy consultancy. Jessica is the Chair of JNFuture New York, sits on the board of JNFuture national, and serves on the Whitney Contemporaries Committee.
Antonio Marte is a first year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. He spent more than four years in consulting, addressing some of the most challenging strategic issues across multiple industries (mainly banking, private equity, automotive, and industrial goods) in Europe, where he focused on strategy, restructuring, and corporate finance topics. Passionate of Leadership and Ethics, Antonio is interested in governance challenges in Partnerships and Venture Capital contracts, as well as in value creation through socially responsible investments. He holds a Master of Science in Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and is an Italian native speaker.
Gregory Morison is a first-year MBA candidate. After graduating from Georgetown University, he joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked with Montana Legal Services Association in Missoula, MT. He then moved on to a paralegal position at a private law firm before receiving his JD from Fordham University School of Law. Gregory then entered the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps where he served for over five years as a defense attorney and as a staff advisor to overseas military commanders. After leaving active duty, he worked as a litigator representing various government agencies. He is still a reserve officer in the Navy.
J.T. Munch is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Finance in 2009, J.T. joined Teach For America and spent two years teaching middle school math in the South Bronx. Following two years in the classroom he transitioned to finance, spending two years as an investment banker with Centerview Partners and two years as a private equity investor with Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company.
Scott Nichols is a 2017 MBA candidate at Columbia Business School and a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). His work focuses on strategy and major change, advising large organizations across a variety of industries in both the public and private sectors, including media, consumer/retail, and telecommunications. Prior to joining BCG, Scott was a foreign policy adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra and a litigation and competition (antitrust) lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons. One of his interests is improving the transfer of innovation, leadership, and management best practice between the private and public sector. His personal interests include travelling to Africa (especially Zimbabwe), reading (especially Dickens), cooking (especially seafood), tennis (especially Wimbledon), and politics (especially international).
Jessica Rifkind is a first-year MBA student who worked as a management consultant for philanthropists and nonprofits before school. With Arabella Advisors, she helped Malala Fund, Gates Foundation, Ikea, and other philanthropists increase their impact. She also helped nonprofits expand to new cities and evaluate impact investment opportunities as a Senior Associate at Nonprofit Finance Fund. Outside of class, Jessica competes in Ironman and marathon races, participates in data hackathons, and sits on the board of directors of Giving Circles Fund and At the Crossroads. She graduated from Cornell in 2009 with a BS in Applied Economics and Management.
As President-Alternate Site for American Medical Depot, Gregg manages all aspects of the medical/surgical supply distribution business including executive sales, field sales, customer service, vendor relations, and risk management. Gregg is responsible for P+L, strategic planning and budgeting, merger and acquisition activity and tactical legal initiatives. Gregg has served on HIDA’s Physician Council since 2009. Prior to entering the healthcare industry, Gregg practiced law with nationally recognized law firms with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate work. Gregg is married and has two sons. In his spare time, Gregg coaches youth soccer.
Charles is a French citizen with a background in financial management consulting and business controlling. Prior to Columbia, he was working as a consultant for KPMG in Paris where he mostly participated in refinancing projects for industrial companies as well as performance improvement projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Duke University with a concentration on Personality and Social Behavior. His studies and work experience made me passionate about ethics and the impact that leaders can have on a globalizing world, often through split-second decisions.
Dustin's work experience primarily lies within the digital world. Since graduating from NYU in 2009 (after growing up in the Arizona desert) he has managed web development projects – first at the start-up level and most recently on the agency side. As a Project Manager, he guided diverse teams of graphic designers, used experience experts, and software engineers through the conception, pitch, and execution of large-scale projects for various clients (most notably: SHOWTIME Network, Marc Jacobs, and Vornado). Though his ultimate work product remained within a screen, the majority of his mental efforts were concentrated towards leadership and management.
Alex Tint is a first year MBA candidate from Summit, New Jersey. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Alex joined NBC Sports where he worked in production for over five years. During his tenure, Alex worked on a variety of live sporting events including Super Bowl XLVI, the English Premier League, the Tour de France, the Stanley Cup Finals and multiple Olympic Games. Before Alex left to attend Columbia Business School, he was co-producer of a daily NASCAR studio show and was heavily involved in the long-term planning of the entire NASCAR on NBC property and served as the main liaison between NASCAR and NBC Sports.
Nathan Tower is a second year MBA candidate and native of Dover, Massachusetts. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2009 with a BS in Economics and a BS in Statistics. At CMU, Nathan enjoyed helping his classmates explore their interests in economics and served as a teaching assistant for three classes. Before starting at Columbia Business School, Nathan worked as a consultant at Ernst & Young where he was passionate about advising clients on growth & innovation, market access, strategic direction, operational improvement, and customer experience design. He also enjoyed promoting and championing EY’s culture as a representative to the firm’s Northeast People Advisory Council. In his community, Nathan volunteered with Junior Achievement New York teaching business success skills to high school sophomores and coached seniors in a business plan competition.
Todd Wisman is a first year MBA student originally from Harrisonburg, VA. After graduating from West Point in 2006 with a BS in Nuclear Engineering, Todd spent over nine years in the US Army where he served as an Infantry and Special Forces Officer. As a student he continues to serve in the military and will return to the US Army following completion of his studies. During his time in service he deployed five times to the Middle East in support of US combating terrorism efforts. Todd continues to rely on leadership principles forged throughout a lifetime of athletic and military experiences to guide his decision-making in often dynamic and multifaceted situations. He also enjoys studying Negotiations and Organizational Change.
Si Yang is currently managing a team of Statistical and Research Analysts and department’s summer interns at Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY). Prior to joining the FRBNY, he worked at CQS Asset Management (London) and Deutsche Bank (NYC & London) as valuation and product controller. He has a BS in Finance, Leadership & Consulting from SUNY Binghamton. He served as the Vice President of Multicultural Affairs for Binghamton’s Student Association and Academic Vice President for its Asian Student Union. He likes cycling, movies, tennis, exploring and sci-fi.