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Student Leadership and Ethics Board

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 2014-2015

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Alexander Pearlman ’16 - MBA Board Chair

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.


David Batt '16

David is a rising 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 first-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 James Benedetti ’16

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.


Dustin Blank '16

Dustin Blank grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he attended Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. After graduating from UPenn, he joined NBCU as a Page, taking assignments in different sectors and groups. Following that, he assisted the Chairman of the Entertainment and Digital Networks group, which includes Bravo, Oxygen, Telemundo, Sprout, Green is Universal and Fandango. Dustin then moved to the corporate strategy group where he helped manage digital initiatives and business development across all NBCUniversal’s brands.


Morrell Daniels '16

Morrell Daniels is a native of New York City. After graduating from Boston University with a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Psychology, he joined the United States Army. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with the 101st Airborne Division, where he led a platoon of 22 soldiers on numerous counter-insurgency operations. Upon his return to the U.S., Morrell was selected to serve as the 2nd in command of a 175 person headquarters company, where he was responsible for the effective coordination of the company’s day to day operations. Morrell is an avid cook and can often be found seeking out New York’s hidden gastronomical pleasures.


Alexander Jeffrey Jugant ’16

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.


Matthew Knise '16

Matt Knise is a first 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 first 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.


Nathan Tower '16

Nathan Tower is a first 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.

Charles Saksik ’16

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 Michael Seplow ’16

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.


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