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Navigating China: Understanding the role of media, state censorship, and principled leadership in the world’s 2nd largest economy

Join Mitch Moxley, author and journalist, as he reflects on his time in China and shares his experiences as an expatriate, young professional in China as the country began to experience great growth.

Tuesday, December 3 at 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Faculty House
Professor Richard Wald, Columbia Journalism School, will moderate.


Mitch Moxley is a Canadian freelance writer who is based in New York. His first book, Apologies to My Censor: The High and Low Adventures of a Foreigner in China, is available now.

Mr. Moxley writes widely about culture, politics, travel, business and other topics for publications including The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, CNN Travel, the Globe and Mail and the Guardian. He has filed stories from China, Myanmar, India, Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines, and his photography has been published in The Atlantic, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and elsewhere. Mr. Moxley has written on a wide range of topics including human trafficking, the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam, extreme nationalism in Mongolia and the Chinese environmental movement. He's eaten scorpions, partied with models in Manila and donned the skin of a Second Life avatar - all in the name of journalism.

Mr. Moxley is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, and he holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, where he won the JM Penny Prize for Investigative Reporting. Previously a business reporter for the National Post newspaper in Toronto, Mr. Moxley came to Beijing in 2007 to work at the state-owned China Daily. He covered the 2008 Olympic Games for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from a desk overlooking the Bird's Nest.

Hosted by: the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Paul Montrone Seminar Series Dinner: Outthinking Your Competition: Navigating Change in an Ever Changing Business World with Kaihan Krippendorff ’99

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 6:00– 8:00 p.m.
Professor David Beim, Columbia Business School, will moderate.

Kaihan Krippendorff is a strategist, speaker, consultant, and bestselling author of four books, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley, 2012). A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, he now writes one of the most popular blogs on, “Outthinkers”, and is recognized expert on innovation, strategy, and creativity, appearing in key business media outlets including Fox Business, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, and more.

He has trained over 6,000 executives and entrepreneurs in his unique strategy approach, The Outthinker Process ®, and works with the leadership teams of a growing number of leading corporations including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, L’Oreal, United Technologies, Kraft, and Experian to design innovative business strategies that disrupt markets and unlock new growth.

A sought after keynote speaker, he is also a regular lecturer for Wharton Executive Education and Harvard Business School Press as well as a guest faculty member for select business schools through the US and Latin America. Kaihan earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School, a BSE in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a BSE in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering.

He lives in Greenwich, CT (just outside of New York City) with his wife and three children. He is fluent in English and Spanish with conversational command of German.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

The Big Big Question: Can My Company, University or Organization Change?

Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.– 2:40 p.m.

The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 117th and 118th streets), NY NY

Conference Fees: $80 Professionals; $70 Columbia Business School Alumni; $40 Faculty, Doctoral Students, and University Staff.

For information about registration, please click here.

We are entering the age of organizational culture and change as the leitmotif of success. Post-financial crisis, business leaders are faced with the prospect of a new low-growth era, where new regions and market opportunities are an imperative to pursue. The historical lesson is that strong corporate cultures and values such as innovation and trust are the drivers of growth and performance, but these values are not discovered; they must be created. If complex organizations are going to innovate and deliver on their promises to customers, clients, shareholders and stakeholders, they must be able to align and coordinate across a distributed network internally and externally. Systems of control fade in importance, and culture and trust with accountability become more important. Communication and coordination move from vertical to horizontal channels, and formal organization is replaced by informal social networks. Can firms make this transition? Can cultures change? Can universities and professional schools lead this charge by their teaching, research, and example?

To view the full agenda, please click here.

Hosted by: the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics


Paul Montrone Seminar Series Dinner: The Competitive Advantage of Culture with Alex Robertson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Management, LLC.

Monday, October 11, 2013 at 6:30– 8:30 p.m.
Moderated by Professor Bruce Usher, Columbia Business School

Alex Robertson
is President and Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Management, LLC. Before joining the organization in 2008, Mr. Robertson served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole and as a member of her campaign staff in 2002. Mr. Robertson also worked for President Bush’s re-election campaign in North Carolina and Colorado in 2004. He is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business (2008). Mr. Robertson serves as a trustee of the Robertson Foundation, Tiger Foundation, The Boys’ Club of New York, East Lake Foundation and Purpose Built Communities. He lives in New York with his wife Alexandra and their newborn son Tucker.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

The Politics of Leadership with Christine Quinn

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Christine Quinn will discuss her experience navigating New York City's political landscape as a woman and member of the LGBT community. Ms. Quinn will also explore the qualities of leadership that propelled her through September 11, the recession, and the 2013 New York mayoral race, where she hoped to be the first woman and first gay person to be mayor of New York.

Christine C. Quinn was overwhelmingly elected City Council Speaker by her colleagues, first in 2006, and again in 2010. Over the last seven years she has proven herself to be a tireless champion of practical solutions in areas of importance to working New Yorkers – especially education, affordable housing and job creation.

Ms. Quinn has fought to eliminate unnecessary regulation and excessive taxes on small businesses, and worked to diversify the city's economy, investing in growing job sectors like health care and food manufacturing. She has helped the city develop an economy of innovation through initiatives like the biotech tax credit and the creation of NYC Tech CONNECT, which helps technology entrepreneurs start new ventures in the five boroughs.

Ms. Quinn passed the Safe Housing Act, which has dramatically improved conditions in some of the city's worst residential buildings, and the Tenant Protection Act, which allows landlords to be taken to court for harassing tenants or interrupting basic services. She has expanded the amount of full day pre-Kindergarten in New York City by nearly 4,000 seats, and her Middle School Task Force produced the definitive report on middle grades reform in New York City, with many recommendations being implemented in public schools.

In addition, Ms. Quinn has presided over budget negotiations that have reduced government spending while still preserving core services like teachers, firehouses, police officers, senior centers, and child protective services.

This event was co-sponsored by Cluster Q and The Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership & Ethics Board.


Paul Montrone Seminar Series Dinner: "Entrepreneurship and Values-based Leadership in Financial Services" with Maria L. Chrin '89, Founder and Managing Partner of Circle Wealth Management, LLC

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 6:00– 8:00 p.m.
Moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut, Columbia Business School

After spending 15 years at Goldman Sachs in the Private Wealth Management Division, Maria Chrin joined Circle Financial Group as a managing partner and then began her own company, Circle Wealth Management in 2006. Join Ms. Chrin for a candid dinner discussion drawing from her experience in financial services and exploring the leadership qualities that have catapulted her company to success.

Maria L. Chrin '89 is the founder and managing partner of Circle Wealth Management, LLC (CWM), an independent financial advisory firm with offices in New York City, NY and Summit, NJ. CWM provides customized investment management and wealth advisory services to high net worth families, with a focus on women investors, and manages over $1 billion for its clients. Prior to founding CWM in 2006, Ms. Chrin was managing partner of Circle Financial Group and spent 15 years in the Private Wealth Management Division of Goldman Sachs.

Ms. Chrin serves on Lehigh University's Board of Trustees and is a member of the executive committee. She chairs the endowment's investment committee, being the first woman to have been appointed to that role. She is a Trustee and member of the investment committee at the Kent Place School, a highly selective all-girls' college-preparatory day school in Summit, NJ. Her philanthropic work includes promoting and supporting higher education and financial education for women, with a focus on the Hispanic community in the US and women in her native country of Honduras.

Ms. Chrin graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with a BS in Economics from Lehigh University in 1987, and received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia Business School.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.


Your best investment: The Competitive Edge of Emotional Intelligence with Saly Glassman, Managing Director of Investments at Merrill Lynch in Blue Bell, PA

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Moderated by Professor Amir Farrokhnia, Columbia Business School

Since 1980, Saly Glassman has been a prominent innovator, speaker, author, instructor, and facilitator for Merrill Lynch, the financial services industry, and the community at large. Saly joined Merrill Lynch after graduating from Cornell University, where she studied Psychology. She has been an integral force in leading the financial industry's transition to a wealth management approach, and currently serves over six hundred families, managing over three billion dollars. In June of 2010, Saly published "It's About More than the Money," (FT Press) to help investors recover from the financial crisis and regain confidence. And in mid-2012, she launched her latest invention, the Youtensil, a reusable, portable folding fork and spoon in a branded carrying case, designed to inspire behavioral change and reduce waste in our culture. Saly is also an accomplished equestrian and avid cyclist. Her passion for the outdoors is reflected in her longstanding commitment to land conservation and the protection of the environment. She and her husband Allan own and operate Kindle Hill LLC, a fitness center and retail store that helps members of the community achieve a higher state of fitness and well being. They live on a 128 acre preserved farm with their two daughters, Janice and Lauren, and a multitude of dogs, cats, and horses.

This event was co-sponsored by The Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership & Ethics Board, The Columbia Women in Business Club, and the Columbia Student Investment Management Association.


Individual, Business and Society Fireside Chat with James Forese, Co-President of Citigroup and CEO of the Institutional Clients Group

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Following the Individual, Business and Society (IBS) cases in Orientation, James Forese, Co-President of Citigroup and CEO of the Institutional Clients Group, will discuss the importance of leadership, values and corporate governance in finance with Professor Bruce Kogut. The two will also explore what MBAs need to do to succeed in financial services. This event is supported by the Citi Foundation.

James A. Forese was named Co-President of Citigroup and CEO of the Institutional Clients Group in January 2013. The Institutional Clients Group encompasses the firm's Securities and Banking activities and its Transaction Services businesses. Mr. Forese is also a member of the Citigroup Operating Committee. He first joined the firm's Salomon Brothers division in 1985 and began his career in securities trading. He was named a Managing Director in 1992 and has held various management positions throughout the Markets division, including head of that division, before being named to run the Securities and Banking unit in 2011.

Mr. Forese graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science. He and his wife, Jennifer, have four sons, and live in New York.

This event is sponsored by the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics.

The 2013 Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics: Michael Hershman, President, The Fairfax Group, LLC

Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Introduction by Professor Bruce Kogut

Join Michael Hershman, the 2013 Botwinick Prize awardee, as he explores the challenges in the cases of Walmart, Siemens, and the Montreal based SNC-Lavalin, Inc., as well as ethical challenges in the countries of Malaysia, India, and Lebanon. Mr. Hershman, a former special agent with U.S. military intelligence, will provide a better understanding of how you can deal with and avoid scandal as future business leaders based on his experiences assisting governments, corporations and financial institutions in matters relating to the conduct of senior-level officials and/or the entities with which they do business.

For more information on the Botwinick Prize and to watch video of Mr. Hershmann receiving the award, please click here.

This event is sponsored by the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics.


Breaking through Bias: Leadership Tools for Inclusive Organizations

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Practical Skills:
Connie Wong, Managing Director, CSW Global
Science Commentary:
Professor Katherine Phillips, Paul Calello Pofessor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School

Having a diverse team or firm isn't enough. Leveraging the benefits of diversity requires an inclusive climate, where people feel safe sharing their different experiences and perspectives. While almost all leaders strive to create an inclusive climate, these efforts can run aground when people's words or deeds express implicit biases, causing some members to feel they may be stereotyped on the basis of their gender, ethnicity, age or other identities. How can you intervene as an agent of inclusiveness? How can you nudge a conversation in a constructive direction? How can you raise a delicate issue in order to repair the damage after an event that has left people uncomfortable? This workshop brings together a practice leader, Connie Wong, whose diversity consulting and training practice works with leading firms in the finance, consulting, and accounting industries worldwide with a research leader, Katherine Phillips, whose influential research examines how demographic diversity and expertise diversity jointly influence team performance. The goal of this interactive workshop, which will involve role-playing skills in interactions which will involve interactive theater and role plays, is to empower a group of CBS students with skills for facilitating conversations that foster inclusiveness. It goes beyond the orientation session on diversity and inclusion by focusing on what you can do as a leader, an active follower, or a peer to redirect dynamics in diverse groups towards increased inclusiveness.

This event was co-sponsored by Student Leadership and Ethics Board and Leadership Evolution and Development (L.E.A.D).


Paul Montrone Seminar Series Dinner: "Bridging the Divide: Board Governance Through a Generational Lens" with Barbara Miller

Tuesday, July 30, 20013 at 6:00– 8:00 p.m.
Moderated by Professor Donna Hitscherich, Columbia Business School

Barbara S. Miller is a Partner in Management Solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, which provides consulting, training and management services in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, board development, fundraising and overall organizational development.

Ms. Miller has developed strategic plans with health and human service agencies, arts organizations, library systems, literacy groups, public health departments, early childhood learning organizations, among many other types of nonprofit organizations. She also teaches strategic planning to nonprofit leaders, and was a contributor to Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations, published by John Wiley and Sons.

As a consultant to nonprofit boards, Ms. Miller helps clarify board roles, develop structures for making the most of members' individual time and expertise, and develop collaborative relationships between the board and the executive director. Ms. Miller is a founding member of Governance Matters and the author of a series of articles based on the findings of the Board Leadership project, which she co-chaired. Excerpts from these articles have been published in Board Member (BoardSource's bi-monthly magazine) and Support Center for Nonprofit Management's online Journal for Nonprofit Excellence.

Ms. Miller draws together her experience in strategic planning, organizational development and board development to support organizations in the emerging field of executive transition services. In this capacity she helps board members understand their role in preparing for a new chief executive, and ensure that the organization is ready to succeed under a new director. She also helps them shape the job position, find a new executive, and make the transition to new leadership.

In the area of financial management Ms. Miller trains and consults with nonprofits to help them develop and understand budgets and financial reports, and to use financial information to enhance organizational decision making. She has contributed to publications and FAQ's in this area, has reviewed books on the subject and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Athena Leadership Lab, Barnard College and at Manhattanville College.

As a coach and a facilitator Ms. Miller has helped individual and groups find approaches that reshape conflict and lead to more dynamic, fluid working relationships. She has also co-led professional development sessions for consultants in the area of organizational development.

Prior to joining Management Solutions, Ms. Miller was Senior Staff Consultant at Support Center for Nonprofit Management. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

Train the trainers with Mary Gentile

July 14, 2013

The Bernstein Center hosted a "Train the Trainers" workshop designed to teach a new approach to values-driven leadership. The tactic, termed "Giving Voice to Values" (GVV), prepares participants to act effectively and with integrity under pressure. Mary Gentile, director of the Giving Voice to Values project, which is currently based at Babson College, ran the session.
This event stemmed from a larger discussion by members of the Columbia Business School faculty about the importance of offering students opportunities to explore ethics and leadership topics outside the classroom. In the past, the Bernstein Center has helped organize role-play sessions for small groups of students. Since this has proven to be an effective experiential learning format, the
center is looking at ways to offer such sessions to larger groups of students. One idea is to train alumni of the Student Leadership and Ethics Board to facilitate such sessions. The July 14th workshop was the first attempt at such training, preparing current students and alumni to lead their own GVV sessions on campus.

In the coming years, one of the Bernstein Center's programmatic priorities will be supporting the development of training sessions by Student Leadership and Ethics Board alumni. These workshops will help provide students and alumni with important leadership skills while furthering the values-based leadership discussion at Columbia Business School.

 This event is sponsored by the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics.


EMBA Speaker Series: "Values-Based Leadership: Lessons from the Street" featuring, Paul Johnson, adjunct professor in finance and economics

June 1, 2013

Professor Paul Johnson, CFA, founded Nicusa Capital in January 2003. He uses his more than 20-years experience as a Securities Analyst and professor to manage his money and that of his investors for absolute capital appreciation.

Prior to founding Nicusa, Johnson was a Managing Director in the Equity Research Department of Robertson Stephens. Johnson has analyzed all sectors of the technology industry, ranging from semiconductors and mainframe computers to applications software. In addition, he has participated in more than 40 venture capital investments in his career.

As an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, for the past 20 years, Johnson has taught courses on securities analysis and value investing to more than 500 students. He publishes, a website dedicated to publishing course material.

Johnson is co-author of the best-selling book The Gorilla Game, Picking Winners in High Technology, which reached Business Week's best seller list and which became the number one best-selling investment book on for several weeks in 1998.

Institutional Investor magazine, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Smart Money, Red Herring, and Bloomberg have all ranked Johnson as one of the top investment analysts in the country.

Johnson has an MBA in Finance from the Executive Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

 This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board (SLEB).



Student Leadership and Ethics Board Montrone Dinner discussion with Lewis Sanders

Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:00-8:45 p.m.

Lewis A. Sanders is the founder, CEO and Co-CIO of Sanders Capital, LLC, a value-oriented investment manager serving institutional and high net worth clients. Formerly, he was the Chairman and CEO of AllianceBernstein. He retired from this position in December, 2008. He was elected director, vice chairman and CIO of Alliance Capital Management Corporation on October 2, 2000. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., which he joined in 1968 as a research analyst. Sanders is a chartered financial analyst and a New York Stock Exchange supervisory analyst. For four years, he was a member of the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board to The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School.


Montrone Lunch with Meryl D. Hartzband '82

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Moderated by Professor A. R. Farrokhnia, Columbia Business School

Meryl D. Hartzband '82 is the Chief Investment Officer of Stone Point and a member of the Investment Committees of the Trident Funds. Before joining Stone Point in 1999, Ms. Hartzband was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co., where, during a sixteen-year career, she specialized in managing private equity investments in the financial services industry. Ms. Hartzband worked closely with Stone Point and its predecessor operations during her tenure at J.P. Morgan & Co. in connection with that firm's role as co-sponsor of Trident I and of most of the platform's pre-Trident investments. Ms. Hartzband is a director of Alterra Capital Holdings Limited, Eagle Point Credit Management LLC, Sharebridge Holdings, Inc., SKY Harbor Capital Holdings LLC and Wilton Re Holdings Limited, and a former director of several portfolio companies of the Trident Funds, including AXIS Capital Holdings Limited. She also previously served as a director of ACE Limited and St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. Ms. Hartzband holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.


Montrone Dinner with Peter Cohen '69, Chairman and CEO, Cowen Group, Inc.

Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Michael Keehner, Columbia Business School 
Peter A. Cohen '69 is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cowen Group, Inc. Prior to Cowen Group, Mr. Cohen was the founder of Ramius LLC. He also served as a managing member and senior member of the Executive Committee of Ramius.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University in 1968, Mr. Cohen earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1969 and began a career on Wall Street at Reynolds & Co.
In 1970, he joined the firm which became Shearson Lehman Brothers. In 1973, Mr. Cohen became Assistant to the Chairman of the firm, Sanford Weill, and was involved in all aspects of the firm's activities. In 1978, Mr. Cohen left Shearson for one year to work directly for Edmond Safra at Republic NY Corporation and Trade Development Bank Holdings in Geneva, Switzerland and returned to Shearson in 1979. Shearson merged with American Express in 1981 at which time he became President & Chief Operating Officer and in 1983 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until 1990.
In 1991, Mr. Cohen formed Republic New York Securities and Republic Asset Management for Republic National Bank of New York and at the same time commenced the activities around which Ramius was formed in 1994.
Over his career he has served on a number of corporate, industry and philanthropic boards, including The New York Stock Exchange, The Federal Reserve International Capital Market Advisory Committee, The Depository Trust Company, The Ohio State University Foundation, The New York City Opera, The American Express Company, GRC International, Olivetti SpA, Société Générale de Belgique, Telecom Italia SpA, Presidential Life Corporation, Kroll, Inc., and L-3 Communications. He is presently a Director of Mount Sinai Hospital, Safe Auto Insurance, and Scientific Games Corporation.


This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.



A Career of Honorable Service: A talk with Brigadier General Daniel J. O’Donohue

Wednesday, April 18, 2013
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

Brigadier General O'Donohue is the Deputy Director for Force Management, Application and Support, Joint Staff, J-8. He has a career of nearly 30 years of military service in diverse assignments leading honorable men and women of the USMC. He will share his experiences in leadership and how he has instilled honor in those he leads and the challenges he has faced over the years. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in History and was commissioned in 1984. He is a distinguished graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the School of Advanced Warfighting, the National War College, and the Naval Postgraduate School. He has an MS in National Security Strategy and an MS in Manpower Management.

Click here to read a summary of the event.

This event was co-sponsored by the Honor Board, the Military in Business Association , and The Sanford Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board .


Empowered, Connected, Successful: A Minority Woman's Perspective

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Citi Executive Conference Center, 388 Greenwich Street, New York, NY

 The panel consists of some amazing minority women to tell us how they have reached the top ranks of their industries, and what lessons they've learned along the way. The panel discussion will be followed by a reception.

Panel Members

  • Michele Lezama ’93, Executive Director of The National GEM Consortium
  • Rose Lee ’02, Managing Director, Equity Sales Strats and Structuring Group for the Americas, Goldman Sachs
  • Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship

Moderator: Kimberly Seals Allers JN ’00, Knight-Bagehot Fellow, award-winning journalist, former senior editor at Essence, and author of The Mocha Manuals

For questions, please contact Karim Rochelle '99 at

This event is sponsored by the Columbia Business School Hispanic Alumni Association, African American Alumni Association, and the Asian Alumni Club.


Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success - A Book talk with Adam Grant

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
6-8 p.m.
Feldberg Space (1st Floor), Warren Hall
Moderated by Professor Sheena Iyengar, Columbia Business School

Offering a new paradigm for our relationships with colleagues, clients, and competitors, GIVE AND TAKE demolishes the “me-first” worldview and shows that the best way to get to the top is to focus not on your solo journey but on bringing others with you. Engaging, intriguing, and filled with surprising success stories from history to Hollywood, GIVE AND TAKE presents an approach to work, team building, productivity, and profitability that is nothing short of revolutionary.

The book will also be available for sale and autographs.

ADAM GRANT is the youngest tenured professor and single highest-rated teacher at Wharton Business School. He has been honored as one of BusinessWeek’s favorite professors and one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40, received numerous awards and extensive media coverage for his research, and consulted and presented for organizations including Google, the NFL, IBM, Merck, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, and the U.S. Army and Navy. He is a former record-setting advertising director, junior Olympic springboard diver, and professional magician.

This event is sponsored by the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics.


A Paul Montrone Seminar Series dinner with Paul Volcker

Monday, April 8, 2013
7– 9 p.m.
Moderated by Professor David Beim, Columbia Business School

In the course of his career, Paul Volcker worked in the United States Federal Government for almost 30 years, culminating in two terms as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1979-1987. He divided the earlier stages of his career between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Treasury Department, and the Chase Manhattan Bank.

Mr. Volcker retired as Chairman of Wolfensohn & Co. upon the merger of that firm with Bankers Trust. From 1996-1999, Mr. Volcker headed a committee formed to determine existing dormant accounts and other assets in Swiss banks of victims of Nazi persecution. From 2000 – 2005 Mr. Volcker served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Accounting Standards Committee overseeing a renewed effort to develop consistent, high-quality accounting standards acceptable in all countries. In 2003, he headed a private Commission on the Public Service recommending a sweeping overhaul of the organization and personnel practices of the United States Federal Government.

In April 2004, Mr. Volcker was asked by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to chair the Independent Inquiry into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program. The report on the Inquiry was published in October 2005. In 2007, Mr. Volcker was asked by the President of the World Bank to chair a panel of experts to review the operations of the Department of Institutional Integrity. A report was published in September 2007. In November 2008, President Elect Obama chose Mr. Volcker to head the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Pursuing his many continuing interests in public policy, Mr. Volcker is associated with the Japan Society, the Institute of International Economics, the American Assembly, and the American Council on Germany. He is Honorary Chairman of the Trilateral Commission and Chairman of the Trustees of the Group of 30.

Educated at Princeton, Harvard and the London School of Economics, Mr. Volcker is Professor Emeritus of International Economic Policy at Princeton University and was the first Henry Kaufman Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business at NYU.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.


Values-Based Leadership and Why Diversity at the Top Matters: Clover Bergmann '78, Managing Director, Golden Seeds

Tuesday, April 2th, 2013
6-8 p.m.

Moderated by Prof. Katherine Phillips

Clover Bergmann '78 is a senior leader with a broad range of industry and board level experience with companies including: Johnson & Johnson, Schering-Plough Healthcare Products, and Sara Lee Corporation. She has used her multi-cultural perspective to inspire others to turn around declining businesses, build both new and mature brands, and create accretive mergers/acquisitions/joint ventures across global geographies.  Ms. Bergmann will discuss insights drawn from her financial management experience running large complex P&L's; international market perspective to build global strategic and tactical plans; ability to build diverse, performance-based cultures/high performance teams; and more.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

The Fast Track to Leadership: Jimmy Soni, Managing Editor, Huffington Post Media Group

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
12:30-2 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 303 

Jimmy Soni rose the ranks at the Huffington Post after being handpicked by Arianna Huffington to manage a 400-person staff at the age of 26. One year later, Mr. Soni is now a Managing Editor at the Huffington Post and a published author. Jimmy will speak about which skills have proved most valuable during his time in consulting, politics and media, and how his reputation as a leader increased the number of opportunities available to him.

 This event is sponsored by the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics.


Film Screening: Girl Rising

Friday, March 22rd, 2013
7-9 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 309

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking new film about the strength of the human spirit, and the power of education to change a girl – and the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard E. Robbins, The movie spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls as narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. The movie is the centerpiece of 10x10 – a global campaign to educate and empower girls. To view the trailer:

 This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board (SLEB)

Demystifying the B Corporation

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 207

Want to know more about B Corps and B Lab?
Interested in learning what it takes to manage the triple bottom line?
Are you wondering about the future of the “benefit corporation”

The panel will explore how an organization becomes a B-Corporation, what it means to serve so many different stakeholders, and what B Lab, the organization responsible for certifying B Corps, sees in its future.

Professor Georgia Levenson Keohane will moderate.

Panelists include:

Sophie Faris, Community Manager, B Lab
Lily Scott, Senior Research Analyst, Veris Wealth Partners
Jesse Schultz, Social Innovation Coordinator, Warby Parker
Matt Stinchcomb, Vice President of Values and Impact, Etsy

Panelists bios:

Sophie Faris runs east coast community development for B Lab, the nonprofit behind B Corporation Certification, Benefit Corporation Legislation, and the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS). In this role, Sophie is building a community of values-driven businesses and working to benchmark their great work. Sophie joined B Lab after five years at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), where she led its Commitments Department. In that capacity, she brokered partnerships to: mobilize emergency food rations for children in the DRC, fund water-related projects in Haiti, and build the first cancer diagnostic and treatment center in East Africa. 

Jesse Schultz manages social innovation at Warby Parker, a transformative fashion brand offering designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. In addition to managing the company's Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, Jesse has helped forge collaborations with a variety of non-profits, as well as overseeing Warby Parker's B Corporation re-certification and developing a Speaker Series. She spearheads employee engagement opportunities with the company's local New York City community, including events and projects with Free Arts NYC, Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, and many others. 

Lily Scott is a Senior Research Analyst  at Veris Wealth Partners. Lily joined Veris in 2008 and is a Senior Research Analyst in the New York City office. Lily conducts research and due diligence across all asset classes and is the Chair of the Investment Working Group. She also assists the CIO in development and review of the Veris investment philosophy and capital market assumptions. Prior to joining Veris, Lily worked as a Consulting Associate in the Boston office of Cambridge Associates, a global institutional investment consulting firm. 

Matt Stinchcomb has been with Etsy since the very beginning, when his roommate Rob Kalin, launched the site and Matt joined as its first employee. Throughout the start-up days, Matt wore many hats, but today he focuses on the stewardship of the company's mission vision, and values and related social impact programs as Etsy's VP, Values & Impact. 

This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and the Social Enterprise Club.


The convergence of ethics and regulation in finance: Paul Johnson, Managing Member, Nicusa Capital and Adjunct Professor, Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing

Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:00– 8:00 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Wei Jiang, Columbia Business School

Professor Paul Johnson, CFA, founded Nicusa Capital in January 2003. He uses his more than 20-years experience as a Securities Analyst and professor to manage his money and that of his investors for absolute capital appreciation. Prior to founding Nicusa, Johnson was a Managing Director in the Equity Research Department of Robertson Stephens. Johnson has analyzed all sectors of the technology industry, ranging from semiconductors and mainframe computers to applications software. In addition, he has participated in more than 40 venture capital investments in his career.

As an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University for the past 20 years, Johnson has taught courses on securities analysis and value investing to more than 500 students. He publishes, a website dedicated to publishing course material.

Johnson is co-author of the best-selling book The Gorilla Game, Picking Winners in High Technology, which reached Business Week's bestseller list and which became the number one best-selling investment book on for several weeks in 1998. Institutional Investor magazine, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Smart Money, Red Herring, and Bloomberg have all ranked Johnson as one of the top investment analysts in the country.
Johnson has an MBA in Finance from the Executive Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.


Strategy and Governance: the Changing Roles of Management and the Board with Thomas L. Doorley, III ’69 CEO, Sage Partners

Saturday, March 2, 2013
11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 311

What is the relationship of the Board to management and how does it address issues related to strategy and oversight?
How does the role of the Board change over time and in response to changing external circumstances?
How can board members enhance dialogue and debate between board members and with management?

Tom Doorley ’69 is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Sage Partners, a global consulting firm that helps clients identify and develop value-creating growth strategies. Prior to Sage Partners, Mr. Doorley co-founded and led Braxton Associates, a mid-size strategy and operations global consultancy that was acquired by Deloitte.

Mr. Doorley has contributed his experience and intellectual capital over the years through writing articles in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review; and speaking at events such as the World Economic Forum. He earned an MBA, with Highest Honors, from Columbia Business School.

To learn more about Mr.Doorley and his role at Sage Partners please visit:

This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board.


Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Navigating Legal and EthicalIssues in International Busines with Ellen Zimiles, Managing Director and Head of Global Investigations and Compliance, Navigant Consulting’s Disputes and Investigations Practice

Friday, March 1, 2013,
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Moderated by Professor Ray Fisman

Ellen Zimiles has more than 25 years of litigation and investigation experience, including ten years as a federal prosecutor. Before forming Daylight Forensic and Advisory (now part of Navigant Consulting), she was a principal at a Big Four accounting firm, where she coordinated the forensic practice across all industry segments and was practice leader for the financial services industry. She is a leading authority on anti-money laundering programs, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, fraud control and public corruption matters. In recognition for her contributions as a federal prosecutor, Zimiles received the U.S. Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award for Outstanding Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Integrity Award. Ms. Zimiles will be discussing her anti-fraud work in the international context and the dangers of doing “business as usual.”

Ellen Zimiles is a Managing Director and Head of the Navigant Consulting’s Global Investigations and Compliance practice. She has more than 25 years of litigation and investigation experience. As an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York for more than 10 years, Ms. Zimiles served in the civil and criminal divisions and was chief of the forfeiture unit for more than six years. She was responsible for many high-profile money laundering, fraud and forfeiture cases.

Ms. Zimiles is a leading authority on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and has co-authored several articles on FATCA in the past year, most recently a FATCA Highlights brief summarizing the recent FATCA Proposed Regulations. She has been quoted on FATCA in several publications, including American Banker.

Ms. Zimiles’ experience also includes the development of anti-money laundering programs, corporate governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, fraud control, and public corruption matters. She has worked with a multitude of financial institutions preparing for regulatory exams, developing remediation programs and assisting organizations as a regulatory liaison.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.


The Slippery Slope: Eric Abrahamson, The Hughie E. Milles Professor of Business and Bernstein Faculty Leader at Columbia Business School

Saturday, February 23, 2013
11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 311

Professor Eric Abrahamson will be discussing the slippery slope of ethics. Learn how the slippery slope operates, from non-decision decisions to gray areas and decision traps, and discuss key ethical questions: what drives us down the slippery slope, and what can we do to resist.

Professor Abrahamson studies the creation, spread, use and rejection of innovative techniques for managing organizations and their employees. He is best known for his work on fads and fashions in management techniques. He is also an expert on the management of organizational change. He has explored the topic of change management in Change Without Pain: How Managers Can Overcome Initiative Overload, Organizational Chaos, and Employee Burnout (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), which won a Best Book of the Year award from Strategy and Business.

More recently, Abrahamson has been studying the dynamics of moderately messy system - offices, organizations and even industrial districts - that would function less well were they any less messy or any more orderly. A summary of his scholarly work was published in Research in Organizational Behavior under the title "Disorganizational Theory and Disorganizational Behavior: Towards and Etiology of Messes" (2002). Most recently, Abrahamson has coauthored, with David Freedman, a book that popularizes these ideas about the benefits of moderately messy system: A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder, How cluttered closets, jumbled offices, and on-the-fly planning make the world a better place (Little, Brown and Company, 2007).

He lectures and consults on these topics for companies around the world.

This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board.


The KPMG Peat Marwick / Stanley R. Klion Forum: William Lauder, Executive Chairman of the Estée Lauder Companies

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Feldberg Space (1st Floor), Warren Hall
Moderated by Professor Kathy Phillips, Columbia Business School

William P. Lauder is the son of Leonard and Evelyn Lauder and the grandson of Estée and Joseph Lauder. Mr. Lauder became Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Estée Lauder Companies in July 2009. He was Chief Executive Officer from July 2004 through June 2009. During his five-year tenure as chief executive, he expanded the Company’s international presence and distribution channels and greatly strengthened the brand portfolio.

He joined the Company in 1986 as Regional Marketing Director of Clinique U.S.A. in the New York metro area. In 1990 he led the creation of the Origins brand and its innovative store-within-a store concept. He subsequently was promoted to several senior leadership positions; he led the worldwide businesses for Clinique and Origins and oversaw the Company’s free-standing stores and Internet business. In 2003 he became Chief Operating Officer, with oversight of all the Company’s global operations, as well as nine specialty brands and the retail business.

Under his leadership, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion became the best-selling prestige skin care product in U.S. department stores and Clinique launched its first anti-aging product.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lauder completed Macy’s Executive Training Program in New York City and was Associate Merchandising Manager of the New York Division/Dallas store when it opened in 1985.

He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and The Trinity School in New York City, his alma maters. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Fresh Air Fund, a member of the Boards of Directors of the Jarden Corporation, the 92nd Street Y and the Partnership for New York City and the Advisory Board of Zelnick Media.​

This event is part of the Stanley R. Klion Forum on Ethics.


A Discussion with Tom Kempner, Executive Managing Member, Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Tuesday, February 20, 2013, at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 326

Moderated by Professor Bruce Greenwald

About the speaker

THOMAS L. KEMPNER, JR., Executive Managing Member. Mr. Kempner joined Davidson Kempner Capital Management in December 1984. Mr. Kempner became a Managing Member of Davidson Kempner Capital Management in January 1986 and was appointed Executive Managing Member in January 2004. Mr. Kempner graduated from the Harvard Business School in 1978, with distinction, and from Yale College in 1975, magna cum laude. Mr. Kempner is presently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy, a member of the Board of Trustees of Harlem Village Academies, a member of the Board of Dean's Advisors of the Harvard Business School and a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard Management Company. Mr. Kempner also serves on the board of the USA Cycling Development Foundation, the investment committee of The St. Bernard's School in New York and the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors.

Students affiliated with Columbia Business School can access the video of the full event by clicking here.

This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board.


Financial Innovation: A Risky Business? Film Screening

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:00pm
Uris Hall, Room 303

Discussion led by Professor Robert Jackson, Jr. of Columbia Law School, the recipient of the 2012 Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

In honor of Leadership and Ethics month, the Student Leadership and Ethics Board was happy to screen this interactive discussion about the value of financial markets, the interaction between government and innovation, and what role markets should play in society.

To read more about the event and see the full video, please click here.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board in honor of Leadership and Ethics Month.

Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private, and Public Sectors: Georgia Levenson Keohane

Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Warren Hall, Room 209

In this extraordinary new book, Prof. Keohane, a former McKinsey consultant and public sector scholar explores the rapidly growing phenomenon of social entrepreneurship, which the New York Times calls “the emerging hybrid of philanthropy and private equity.”Within 10 years, investors will channel hundreds of billions of dollars to achieve positive social and environmental impact in housing, health, education, energy, and financial services across the globe. While there are extraordinary financial and social gains to be made, many unanswered questions remain. This book demystifies the complex world of social entrepreneurship; providing all the information you need to understand social investment and innovation and how it is transforming both the way we invest our money and change the world.

Georgia Levenson Keohane is a Roosevelt Institute Fellow who writes regularly for Harvard Business Review, The Nation, Slate, and The American Prospect, while advising a range of poverty-fighting organizations. She holds a BA from Yale, an MBA from Harvard, and an MSc from the London School of Economics, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.  She is teaching the “Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century” course for EMBA students for the Spring 2013 term.

This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board



2014 Klion Forum

When: April 15th, 2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Where: 3022 Broadway
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall (1st Floor)
New York, NY 10027

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The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance
Identifies "structural breaks" — privatization, for example, or globalization — and assesses why powerful actors across countries behave similarly or differently in terms of network properties and corporate governance.


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