- IBS Curriculum
- Innovation and the Value of Privacy
- Financial Innovation: A Risky Business
- Diversity and Inclusion for All
- Growth for Entrepreneurs
- Can My Company Change?
- Business and Politics
- Small Worlds of Governance
- Bolder Policies for Diversity?
- Governance and Compensation
- The Quantitative Revolution
- Inclusive Leadership
- Preventing the Next Crisis
- Universities and Women
The IBS sessions are intimate gatherings which bring faculty members, guest lecturers and speakers together throughout the semester to explore topics related to leadership and ethics. These sesions are hosted through the Individual, Business and Society (IBS) curriculum which emphasizes dilemmas of choice, as well as the connections between decision makers and the consequences of their choices. These sessions address topics of current debate such as corporate governance and accountability, tradeoffs between equity and efficiency, and individual values and intraorganizational conflicts in the workplace.
Past speakers include: Paul Atkins and Harvey Goldschmid, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioners; Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Founder, Ellevest.; Dr. Roy Vagelos, former CEO of Merck; and Lord Ronald Oxburgh, former chairman of Shell Transport and Trading Company, P.L.C.
Select IBS Sessions from Past Years:
Individual, Business and Society Fireside Chat with James Forese, Co-President of Citigroup and CEO of the Institutional Clients Group
Following the Individual, Business and Society (IBS) cases in Orientation, James Forese, Co-President of Citigroup and CEO of the Institutional Clients Group, discussed the importance of leadership, values and corporate governance in finance with Professor Bruce Kogut. The two also explored what MBAs need to do to succeed in financial services. This event was supported by the Citi Foundation.
Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?
This interactive discussion explored the issues that arise when a dynamic economy depends on a vigorous financial industry. The recent financial crisis showed that misplaced incentives, poorly understood financial products and regulatory errors can have disastrous consequences. How can the benefits of and access to financial innovation be preserved without suffering the excesses? WNET/Channel 13 aired “Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?”, featuring a Nobel Prize winner, investment banking leaders, and key government regulators in the financial sector including: Wilson Ervin, Credit Suisse; Former Representative Barney Frank, House Financial Services Committee; Gary Gensler, Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Blythe Masters, JPMorgan; Alicia Glen, Goldman Sachs, Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of Too Big To Fail; Robert Solow, Nobel Laureate, and Peter Stringham, Young & Rubicam Brands. This event was organized with Fred Friendly Seminars, formerly based at Columbia Journalism School.
Leadership Perspectives on Corporate Governance
Lee Cooperman, Chairman and CEO of Omega Advisors and Chris Browne, Managing Director of Tweedy, Browne Company, joined Dean Glenn Hubbard and students to discuss leadership and corporate governance and the role of active investors. They spoke about recent high profile cases where boards have failed to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities and how this might be reformed in the future.
Fighting AIDS in Africa: Lessons from Botswana
It is estimated that nearly 30 million people in SubSaharan Africa suffer from HIV/AIDS, making the region responsible for nearly two-thirds of the world’s reported cases. In 2000, in an effort to combat the epidemic, Merck and the Gates Foundation teamed up with the government of Botswana, which is among the hardest-hit countries. Jeffrey Sturchio, vice president of Merck & Co., joins Professor Lee Branstetter to discuss what the company has learned from this and other public/private initiatives.