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Thursday, April 30, 2015
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Donna Hitscherich, director of the Private Equity Program

Leslie R. Caldwell is the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division.  From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Caldwell served as the director of the Justice Department’s Enron Task Force that led to the criminal convictions of the top management of Enron and to the company’s bankruptcy, as well as its auditor Andersen.  She currently oversees nearly 600 attorneys who prosecute federal criminal cases across the country, help develop criminal law and formulate criminal enforcement policy.  She will talk about the on-going efforts of the Criminal Division regarding white-collar crime. 

Biography
Leslie R. Caldwell was confirmed as the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division on May 15, 2014. As head of the Criminal Division, Ms. Caldwell oversees nearly 600 attorneys who prosecute federal criminal cases across the country, help develop criminal law and formulate criminal enforcement policy.  She also works closely with the nation’s 93 United States Attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of criminal matters in their districts. Ms. Caldwell has dedicated most of her professional career to handling federal criminal cases, both as a prosecutor and as defense counsel.  From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Caldwell served as the director of the Justice Department’s Enron Task Force.  When she worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California in 1999 to 2002, she served as the Chief of the Criminal Division and the Chief of the Securities Fraud Section.  During her eleven years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from 1987 to 1998, her positions included Senior Trial Counsel for the Business & Securities Fraud Section and Chief of the Violent Criminal Enterprises Section.  For her work on the Enron Task Force, Ms. Caldwell received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service.  She is also the recipient of the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation and the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention.
Prior to joining the Criminal Division, Ms. Caldwell was a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a position she held since 2004.  From 2004 to 2009, Ms. Caldwell was co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Investigations and White Collar Practice Group.

This event was cosponsored by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m.

As one of the leading branded frozen food businesses in Europe, Iglo Foods (and its parent company, Iglo Group) uniquely hosts its Forever Food Together 2020 initiative. Forever Food Together 2020 tackles the familiar food industry challenges of nutrition and manufacturing while placing a strong focus on the issue of food waste. Freezing food allows for a longer shelf life and better portion control, acting as key enablers in food waste reduction. Mr. Hajipieris will discuss how Iglo Foods is championing frozen food for maximizing food resources, reducing food waste, and how the Food Resources Utilisation Potential (FRUP) is tackling food waste through technology.

Speaker Biography


Peter Hajipieris is a food management professional with over 25 years’ experience across food categories with senior roles in policymaking, supermarkets and food manufacturing. He has worked through the numerous major change phases that encompass the scope of Corporate Social Responsibility; governance, food safety, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, total quality management and sustainability. He is globally known as a champion of Sustainable Development, leading many global sustainability food sourcing verification platforms in order to improve food supply chain resilience and natural capital.

Mr. Hajipeieris joined Iglo Foods Group (Birds Eye, Iglo & Findus Italy frozen food brands and largest frozen food company) in 2008 and currently leads Iglo Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and programme across 16 countries. Previously, he has worked at McDonald's UK, Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd and Tesco Stores. Mr. Hajipeireris graduated as a Food Technologist at The South Bank University in London and has led roles in Quality Assurance, Trading & Retail Operations, Policy, External Affairs, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

This event was sponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
12:30-2:00 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Michael Keehner

Warren Stephens once told his employees: "Dad and Uncle Witt told me one of their corporate goals was to be in business the next day. We are under no illusion that anyone would ride to our rescue, so you cannot ever take a risk that could jeopardize the ability of the firm to survive." This family-based philosophy resonates with today's economic climate.  Stephens has followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle, crediting much of his success to their investment criteria of “whim and caprice.” What makes leading a family business unique? How does the need to keep a legacy intact impact a business’s bottom-line? Warren Stephens will touch on these topics and more.

Speaker Biography

Warren A. Stephens is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stephens Inc. In 1981, Mr. Stephens joined the firm and in 1986, he was elevated to the position of President of the firm, continuing the evolution of a family business that was started by his father and uncle more than 75 years ago.  In 2006, Mr. Stephens acquired 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Stephens Inc.

In the more than two decades that Mr. Stephens has guided the firm, it has continued in the tradition established by his father: building personal relationships that establish a sense of trust.  Those successful relationships evolve into transactions. Stephens Inc. takes a long-term perspective in evaluating opportunities for clients. As a result, the firm is known as a good investment partner that has grown because it has performed.

Stephens Inc. has strategically expanded its services over the years by focusing on its core investment banking business. Under Warren Stephens' leadership, substantial resources have been committed in every major division, expanding the firm's activities in all areas, including: Wealth Management, Investment Banking, Capital Management, Private Equity, Institutional Sales and Trading, Research, and Insurance.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics is an intimate series of roundtables which focus on real-life ethical issues and the consequences of decisions. This series of sessions fosters open dialogue between business leaders and a small group of students, providing an opportunity for discussion and reflection, which students do not always have in a lecture. Please see more information, including past guests, online: www.gsb.columbia.edu/leadership/speakerseries/montrone.

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

Monday, April 27, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Todd Jick

Kenneth R. Feinberg has been key to resolving many of our nation's most challenging and widely known disputes. He is best known for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001, in which he reached out to all those who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation, and disseminated awards. Just a few years later, Mr. Feinberg became Fund Administrator for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. Mr. Feinberg also has served as Fund Administrator for the BP Oil Spill Fund, the General Motors Wrongful Death Litigation and the Presidentially-appointed “Pay Czar” in the AIG restructuring. Read more  HERE.

Speaker Biography

Mr. Feinberg founded Feinberg Rozen, LLP in 1992. He has been involved in resolving thousands of disputes involving a wide range of interests and clients. In the commercial sector, Mr. Feinberg designed, implemented and administered an ADR settlement Program involving Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Zurich N.A. Insurance Company and Hurricane Katrina and other Gulf hurricane claimants.  He also has served as Distribution Agent for AIG Fair Fund claimants, and has been the Fund Administrator for a variety of claimant funds totaling more than $1 billion. In his capacity as an arbitrator, Mr. Feinberg helped determine the fair market value of the original Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, and legal fees in Holocaust slave labor litigation. 

Mr. Feinberg has been appointed to two presidential-level commissions because of his experience and expertise, and has had a distinguished teaching career as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, New York University School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

In 2004, he was named "Lawyer of the Year" by the National Law Journal (2004), and has been named repeatedly as one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics is an intimate series of roundtables which focus on real-life ethical issues and the consequences of decisions. This series of sessions fosters open dialogue between business leaders and a small group of students, providing an opportunity for discussion and reflection, which students do not always have in a lecture. Please see more information, including past guests, online: www.gsb.columbia.edu/leadership/speakerseries/montrone.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:30-2:00 p.m.

Kevin will speak about the importance of integrity and ethics when flying at supersonic speeds. In these situations, your reputation is protected as much by what you say as how you fly.  The pursuit of perfection requires an unwavering commitment to the truth. Come hear Kevin’s story, as he discusses his experiences with leadership, ethics and decision-making.

Speaker Biography

Kevin Mulligan graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelors of science degree in History.  Following graduation, Kevin was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps with an aviation contract.  After successfully completing flight training, he was selected to fly the F/A-18 Hornet.  As a squadron member, Kevin spent his time outside of the cockpit as a leader of Marines in both aircraft maintenance and the squadron operations offices.  Among the highlights of Kevin's time in service, he went on numerous overseas deployments, served as an aide-de-camp, graduated from TOPGUN, was twice a finalist for the Navy’s Flight Demonstration team (The Blue Angels), was a forward air controller, implemented and was in charge of the weapons and tactics standardization instructor program for USMC F/A-18 aviation, and was part of the Joint Strike Fighter Transition Team.  Kevin finished his career as the Air Officer and Operations Officer for a sea based crisis response force.  At Columbia, Kevin was accepted into the Greenhouse Program and will continue to pursue his venture following graduation.

David Moretti graduated from Princeton University with a degree in American History. Upon graduating he began working at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), one of the leading talent agencies within the entertainment industry. At CAA David focused on the motion picture industry where he worked with writers, directors, producers and actors including Bruce Willis and Mike Myers. David later joined Evolution Media Capital (EMC), a boutique investment bank and consulting firm focused on the sports and entertainment industries. At EMC David advised sports teams and leagues on their media contract negotiations. He worked with clients such as the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs.

This event is part of the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board’s Leadership and Ethics Week.
Every year the Student Leadership and Ethics Board along with the Sanford C Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics hosts a series of events bringing distinguished speakers, panelists and professors who contribute their expertise and ideas to cultivate leadership, build character and promote ethical decision making in the business school experience and beyond.

For a full listing of Leadership and Ethics Week events? Check out the full lineup HERE

Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:30-8:30 a.m.

With the rapid growth of index funds, quantitative hedge funds, and algorithmic trading, computer programs are managing more and more money.  What is the role of human managers in investment decision making? Are computers more accurate, more successful, and less risky than people?  Are there ethical dilemmas in a system without human control?  Professor Tetlock will lead a discussion covering the pros and cons of active investing versus passive investing—e.g., portfolio management by humans with discretion versus computers and indexes that lack discretion.

Speaker Biography

Professor Paul Tetlock's research interests include behavioral finance, asset pricing, and prediction markets. One area of his research examines how firms' stock market prices respond to the content of news stories. His 2007 Journal of Finance study on the impact of negative words, such as "flaw" and "ruin", won the Smith-Breeden Prize for the best article in asset pricing. His research has been featured in popular press outlets such as Business Week, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Professor Tetlock teaches the elective Capital Markets course. Prior to joining Columbia, he was a visiting assistant professor at Yale University in 2007-08, and an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 2004 to 2008. He taught Behavioral Finance at Yale, and Investment Management at Texas.  

This event is part of the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board’s Leadership and Ethics Week.
Every year the Student Leadership and Ethics Board along with the Sanford C Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics hosts a series of events bringing distinguished speakers, panelists and professors who contribute their expertise and ideas to cultivate leadership, build character and promote ethical decision making in the business school experience and beyond.

For a full listing of Leadership and Ethics Week events? Check out the full lineup HERE

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.

You will face ethical challenges in your life and career. Knowing how to act in these situations — even when you know what "feels" right — can be fraught with challenges. The key to success in these situations is preparation and experience managing relevant issues that lead to better-informed decisions and action.

Enhance your personal strategy skills by attending Giving Voice to Values, a workshop focused on the innovative, action-oriented, and globally prominent curriculum for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement effective values-based leadership. You will learn and hone frameworks and skills in a group setting that will help you navigate these challenges as a catalyst for values-based leadership in your life and careers.

This event is part of the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board’s Leadership and Ethics Week.
Every year the Student Leadership and Ethics Board along with the Sanford C Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics hosts a series of events bringing distinguished speakers, panelists and professors who contribute their expertise and ideas to cultivate leadership, build character and promote ethical decision making in the business school experience and beyond.

For a full listing of Leadership and Ethics Week events? Check out the full lineup HERE

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Bernstein & Co. Student Leadership and Ethics Board invites you to a conversation about ethical leadership by joining your fellow CBS classmates  in watching and discussing the most recent Academy Award winning documentary Citizenfour.  This film is an in-depth look into the recent events surrounding Edward Snowden and his leak of classified information from the National Security Agency.  Following the documentary there will be a student-led discussion analyzing the actions of Edward Snowden as well as an open discussion about the concept of effective whistleblowing.

Enhance your personal strategy skills by attending Giving Voice to Values, a workshop focused on the innovative, action-oriented, and globally prominent curriculum for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement effective values-based leadership. You will learn and hone frameworks and skills in a group setting that will help you navigate these challenges as a catalyst for values-based leadership in your life and careers.

This event is part of the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board’s Leadership and Ethics Week.
Every year the Student Leadership and Ethics Board along with the Sanford C Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics hosts a series of events bringing distinguished speakers, panelists and professors who contribute their expertise and ideas to cultivate leadership, build character and promote ethical decision making in the business school experience and beyond.

For a full listing of Leadership and Ethics Week events? Check out the full lineup HERE

Monday, April 13, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m.

In September 2014, NPR gave the nation a listen into one of the most secretive institutions in the country: The New York Federal Reserve (The Fed). The Fed is supposed to monitor the financial industry, but what was said behind closed doors was so troubling that bank examiner Carmen Segarra began secretly taping conversations and behaviors demonstrating an alarming lack of regulatory control.
What is the relationship between regulators and the regulated? Who is to blame when regulators fail to see the problems in the institutions they regulate?  What is the role of regulators and how should their success be measured?  Are the Segarra tapes a clear case of regulatory capture? Listen to the tapes here: Regulatory Capture: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra.

Speaker Biography

Mr. Stephen C. Daffron is President and Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Data. He also serves on the Financial and Risk Committee of the Office of Financial Research (OFR). He was previously a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and the Global Head of Operations, Technology and Data. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Daffon served as Chief Operating Officer at Renaissance Technologies. He was Head of Operations for Wealth Management at Citigroup and Head of Operations for the Asset Management, Private Wealth Management and Custody Operations for Goldman Sachs. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Mr. Daffron served as an Associate Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and in various command and staff positions in the US Army, both domestically and internationally. He graduated with a BS from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. He earned his MBA, MA, MPh. and PhD from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

This event is part of the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board’s Leadership and Ethics Week.
Every year the Student Leadership and Ethics Board along with the Sanford C Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics hosts a series of events bringing distinguished speakers, panelists and professors who contribute their expertise and ideas to cultivate leadership, build character and promote ethical decision making in the business school experience and beyond.

For a full listing of Leadership and Ethics Week events? Check out the full lineup HERE

Friday, April 10- Saturday April 11, 2015

Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Columbia Business School students joined students from Wharton at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD for a leadership retreat intensive. This was an opportunity for Columbia students to exchange leadership ideas with Wharton MBAs, and helped develop current midshipmen’s critical thinking and decision making skills. There was the option to participate in small-unit leadership activities and physical training. Students also participated in happy hours, and dinners with Wharton MBAs and Naval Academy Midshipmen and senior military officers. Finally, there was a keynote address by a senior flag ranking officer, with the opportunity to learn more about the US military.

This event was sponsored by the MIBA, LEAD and the Student Leadership Ethics Board at Columbia Business School.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
6:30-9:00 p.m.

Baker and McKenzie, 452 Fifth Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, New York

Columbia Business alumni gathered for a discussion with Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, vice chairman of the UN Global Compact, chairman of the Global Compact Foundation, and chairman of the Innovative Vector Control Consortium, who will discuss the relationship between leadership, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

Speaker Biography

Sir Moody-Stuart was ranked No. 58 on the 2014 list of 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Institute. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact, and Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation and Chairman of the Innovative Vector Control Consortium. He is also a Lead Director of Accenture plc since November 2002 and a Director of Saudi Arabian Oil Company since August 2007. Formerly, he was Managing Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc from 1991–2001 and Non-Executive Chairman of Anglo American plc from 2002–2009.  Through his writings and work with UN Global Compact, Sir Moody-Stuart has been an outspoken advocate for corporate responsibility and sustainability in the face of climate change. Recently published, his book, Responsible Leadership: Lessons From the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics, was selected as one of the top business books of 2014 on the topic of sustainability. 

More information about the event and the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York can be found here.

This event was sponsored by the Columba Business School Alumni Club of New York.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Moderated by Prof. Bruce Kogut

There is an intense ongoing debate over the implementation of the most important financial regulatory overhaul since the 1930s. Gary Gensler was at the heart of this overhaul during President Obama’s first term. Educated at the Wharton School and a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Gensler led the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission during the most difficult years of the financial crisis. He was a major force for increasing regulation of the financial sector, and a strong advocate for shifting complex financial trades to organized exchanges. Mr. Gensler will speak about these recent debates and address current controversies regarding regulatory overkill or whether these changes are vital to the functioning of active financial markets.

Speaker Biography

Gary Gensler is an American economic policy maker and former successful businessman, having served as the 11th chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Undersecretary of the Treasury for domestic finance, and the co-head of finance for Goldman Sachs. Mr. Gensler has been described as a “force of nature,” who was one of the leading reformers after the financial crisis. While serving as chairman of the CFTC, Mr. Gensler led the transformation of the $400 trillion over-the-counter derivatives, or swaps, market, while reorganizing the 700-person agency to be a more effective market watchdog. Mr. Gensler led the effort to pass and implement comprehensive oversight of the swaps market, which was at the center of the 2008 financial crisis. His tenure at the CFTC concluded on January 3, 2014. He received a BS in Economics and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

About the Klion Forum

The KPMG Peat Marwick / Stanley R. Klion Forum is a cornerstone of the School’s ongoing efforts to encourage greater awareness of the ethical dilemmas faced by today’s leading corporations. Topics have focused on a wide range of issues and industries from cloning to mergers and acquisitions.

Past speakers include: Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve; Richard Juelis, CFO of Cellegy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Jack Welch, former chairman of GE.

This event is sponsored by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Monday, April 6, 2015
7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

Moderated by Prof. Bruce Kogut

The industry has changed in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis; it is navigating a myriad of lawsuits, a new regulatory landscape and struggling to win the public’s trust.  What ethical challenges is the industry currently facing? What changes to its business model and/or the regulatory regime will help it adapt? 

Speaker Biography

Professor Knee teaches Media Mergers and Acquisitions and co-teaches The Media Industries: Public Policy and Business Strategy with Professor Tim Wu of Columbia Law School. He also serves as co-director of the Media Program with Professor Sarvary. Professor Knee is a Senior Advisor at Evercore Partners. Before joining Evercore as a Senior Managing Director in 2003, Professor Knee was a Managing Director and Co-head of Morgan Stanley's Media Group. He was previously Publishing Sector Head in the Communications, Media and Entertainment Group at Goldman Sachs. Prior to becoming an investment banker, he was Director of International Affairs at United Airlines and served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post and he is the co-author of Curse of the Mogul (Portfolio:2009) and author of The Accidental Investment Banker: Inside the Decade that Transformed Wall Street (Oxford: 2006).  He has a BA from Boston University, a MSc from Trinity in Dublin (Ireland) a MBA from Stanford and a JD from Yale.

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

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Are business schools (like the rest of the world) in denial about climate change by not sufficiently attending to, preparing for, hedging and mitigating against the distinct possibility that our past, current and future carbon-based energy consumption will tip us into a very nasty and costly climate regime? What is the reason for this insufficient attention?

This event was cosponsored by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Thursday, March 5, 2015
12:30 p.m. ­– 2:00 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Jonah Rockoff.

After having his identity hijacked and being defamed online, Jeff Ervine founded Bridg-it to provide an analytical solution to the issue of cyber-bullying. Bridg-it gives schools a comprehensive tool for not only tracking bullying, but also intercepting and disrupting the bullying cycle before it escalates into something more serious. Mr. Ervine discussed his views on how technology is changing the role of leadership and how it can be used by executives to create a more positive environment for all of us.  

About Jeffrey Ervine

Jeffrey Ervine is an investment professional with over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to founding Bridg-it, he co-founded an alpha-generating algorithmic trading platform while serving as a Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer for Salon Asset Management, and served as the Chief Financial Officer for Blue Select, LLC.
Prior to his time at Blue Select, LLC, Mr. Ervine performed financial assessment services for Bear Stearns and Deloitte & Touche. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Columbia Business School. Mr. Ervine is married and the father of two children.t Harvard University’s Belfer Center, and as Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California. General Petraeus is a member of the advisory board of Team Rubicon and a number of other veterans organizations.

This event was cosponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

 

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Moderated by Prof. Van C. Tran.

John Liu is the first Asian American to win legislative and citywide offices in New York. Having immigrated from Taiwan at a young age, Liu spent 14 years as an actuary before beginning a career in public service. During his time in office, Liu worked towards improving transparency in government spending and waste. In 2013, Liu's New York City mayoral campaign was marred by an investigation of potential violations of campaign finance law.
This is a rare opportunity to speak with a public official about his journey from the private to the public sector, his deep knowledge of policy and his real-life experience wrestling with possible ethics violations.

About John C. Liu

John C. Liu is the former Comptroller of the City of New York (2010-2013) and a former member of the New York City Council (2002-2009). In 2013, Mr. Liu was a candidate for Mayor of New York City. Currently, he is an adjunct professor of municipal finance and public policy in the MPA programs at Baruch College and Columbia University.
As the 43rd Comptroller of New York City, Mr. Liu established an impressive record as the chief financial officer for 8.4 million residents, overseeing municipal government with an annual budget of $70 billion. Mr. Liu saved taxpayers $5 billion through rigorous audits of City agencies, detailed scrutiny of contracts with private companies, and refinancing of $20 billion of outstanding City bond debt. During his four-year term of office, he achieved an enviable total investment return, increasing the City’s pension asset portfolio to $150 billion. He created the nationally acclaimed online application, “CheckbookNYC.com,” providing unprecedented transparency in government spending. He facilitated economic development and new job creation with acceleration of City capital projects, capturing low interest rates in the bond markets.
John Liu immigrated from Taiwan at the age of five. He was educated in New York public schools, including Hunter College High School, Bronx High School of Science, and Binghamton University, attaining his degree in Mathematical Physics. Mr. Liu lives in Flushing with his wife Jenny, and their son Joey.

This event was cosponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board and the Asian Business Association.

 

Friday, February 20, 2015
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

KKR Offices

As future business leaders entering the private, public, and non-profit sectors, how will you integrate the values of the firm with your individual values? We invite you to this Q&A session to learn more about this topic from one of the most prominent military generals and leaders of our time.

About General Petraeus

General (Ret) David H. Petraeus is Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. Prior to joining KKR, General Petraeus served over 37 years in the U.S. military, including command of coalition forces in Iraq, command of U.S. Central Command, and command of coalition forces in Afghanistan. Following his service in the military, General Petraeus served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. General Petraeus graduated with distinction from the U.S. Military Academy and subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. General Petraeus has received numerous U.S. military, State Department, NATO, and United Nations medals and awards, and he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries. He also serves as a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, and as Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California. General Petraeus is a member of the advisory board of Team Rubicon and a number of other veterans organizations.

This event was cosponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board and the Military in Business Association.

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

How many CEOs are willing to be publicly identified as gay?

In April 2014, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the world, “I’m proud to be gay.”  


How many other CEOs can you name saying the same?

On August 14, 2014, C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate his company’s first day of trading. A short time later, he received a message from Jason Grenfell Gardner, the CEO of pharmaceutical company IGI Laboratories. It read: “And then there were two.”

There are over 5,000 publicly traded companies in the US. But Grenfell-Gardner and Burgess remain two of only three CEOs who are willing to be publicly identified as gay.

So where are all the others?

Author and New York Times business columnist, James B. Stewart, Trevor Burgess and Jason Grenfell-Gardner shared their experiences and gave their views on one of the most powerful, lingering taboos of the American C-suite.

For more background about LGBTQ issues in the business world, please read this New York Times article  here.

Speaker Biographies

James B. Stewart

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author James B. Stewart combines the skills of an investigative reporter with the style and sensibility of a novelist, examining events in finance, law, and politics that shape American society. The San Francisco Examiner called him "the journalist every journalist would like to be" and The Daily Beast named him one of the 15 "most important writers on business and economics." Stewart's New York Times column, “Common Sense,” appears weekly in the Business Day section. He provides skillful coverage of corporate America and Wall Street, often exploring the use and abuse of power at the highest levels of business and government. The author of 11 books, Stewart’s New York Times bestseller, DisneyWar, about Michael Eisner’s reign at the company, won the Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book. His other bestsellers include Blood Sport and Den of Thieves, the definitive account of 1980s Wall Street insider trading scandals. A Harvard-educated lawyer, Stewart is the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School.

Jason Grenfell-Gardner

Mr. Grenfell-Gardner is the President and Chief Executive Officer of IGI Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IG), where he is transforming the organization into a leading specialty generic pharmaceutical company. Prior to joining IGI, Mr. Grenfell-Gardner spent over eight years at Hikma Pharmaceuticals, PLC, and its subsidiaries including West-Ward Pharmaceuticals in the United States. He served in a number of roles, most recently as SVP of Sales and Marketing. Before joining Hikma, Mr. Grenfell-Gardner worked throughout Central and Eastern Europe as a partner at Trigon Capital, a boutique investment bank, focused on mergers and acquisitions. During his time in that region, Mr. Grenfell-Gardner served as Chairman of the Board of Sanitas Pharmaceuticals, as well as other board positions. He holds an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and an MBA from INSEAD.

Trevor R. Burgess

Mr. Burgess is the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of C1 Bank and its parent C1 Financial (NYSE: BNK) having founded its predecessor in 2009. In 2013, he was named the Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the Financial Services Category and in 2014 was named American Banker’s Community Banker of the Year. Mr. Burgess is a co-inventor of the technology for which C1 Bank has filed seven patent applications. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Burgess worked as a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley, where, among other responsibilities, he executed initial public offerings as an investment banker in the Equity Capital Markets division. Prior to his nearly ten years at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Burgess worked as a management consultant at Monitor Company. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1994.  Trevor and his husband Gary live in St Petersburg, Florida with their daughter Logan.

This event was cosponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board and Cluster Q.

 

Moderated by Damon Phillips, James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy at Columbia Business School

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Can Berkshire Hathaway survive without Warren Buffett?
Berkshire Hathaway is one of the most highly regarded corporations in the world. Much of its success comes from Warren Buffett and the distinctive culture he has developed. What does this company look like from the inside? How does the company’s distinctive culture allow it to thrive? Join us for a discussion that examines the inner workings of a highly unique organization that is well-regarded for a reputation of integrity.
For more information about Berkshire Beyond Buffet: The Enduring Values of Value, visit .

Speaker Biographies

Lawrence Cunningham

Professor Cunningham is an authority on corporate governance, corporate culture, and corporate law, and teaches business-related courses that span these fields. He has written dozens of books and scores of articles on a wide range of subjects in law and business. These include the leading textbook on accounting used in law schools, a popular narrative on contracts, and best-selling books on Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett (The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America and Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values. His extensive work has been published in top university reviews such as Columbia Law Review, influential professional journals such as Directors & Boards, and mainstream media such as The New York Times. Before joining George Washington University in 2007, Professor Cunningham taught at Boston College Law School, where he served a two-year term as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. From 1992 to 2002, he taught at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served a five-year term as Director of the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance and received the Professor of the Year Award in 2000. Professor Cunningham has also taught or visited at Columbia, Fordham, St. John's, and Vanderbilt, as well as Central European University, Hebrew University, University of Navarra, and Oxford. Before entering academia, he practiced corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Bruce Greenwald

Professor Bruce C. N. Greenwald holds the Robert Heilbrunn Professorship of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia Business School and is the academic Director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing. Described by the New York Times as "a guru to Wall Street's gurus," Greenwald is an authority on value investing with additional expertise in productivity and the economics of information. Greenwald has been recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award which honors the best of Columbia's teachers for maintaining the University's longstanding reputation for educational excellence. His classes are consistently oversubscribed, with more than 650 students taking his courses every year in subjects such as Value Investing, Economics of Strategic Behavior, Globalization of Markets, and Strategic Management of Media.

Ajit Jain

Ajit Jain was born and raised in India. He received his Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology. He then worked for IBM in Bombay, India before attending Harvard Business School for an MBA. Upon graduation, he joined McKinsey & Co. in New York. In 1986, he began his current position at Berkshire Hathaway where he is President of the Reinsurance and Specialty Risk Division.

Tom Russo

Thomas A Russo joined Gardner Russo & Gardner LLC as a partner in 1989. In 2014 he became the Managing Member of the firm. Mr. Russo manages individual separate accounts and serves as the Managing Member of the General Partner to Semper Vic partnerships. Mr. Russo oversees more than $8 billion through separately managed accounts and Semper Vic partnerships. Thomas Russo is the Managing Member of the General Partner of Semper Vic Partners, L.P., and Semper Vic Partners (QP), L.P., limited partnerships whose combined investments are roughly #3 billion, along with overseeing substantially more funds through separate accounts for individuals, trusts, and endowments. he is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA, 1977), and Stanford Business and Law Schools (JD/MBA, 1984). Memberships include Dean's Advisory Council for Stanford Law School, Dartmouth College's President's Leadership Council, and California Bar Association. Mr. Russo is a charter member of the Advisory Board for the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing at Columbia Business School. He serves on the boards of the Winston Churchill Foundation of the U.S., Facing History and Ourselves, and Storm King Art Center.

Damon J. Phillips

Damon J. Phillips is the James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy. He received his PhD from Stanford University. Before joining Columbia in 2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (from 1998-2011). During the 2010-2011 academic year he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Professor Phillips has expertise in social structural approaches to labor and product markets, entrepreneurship, innovation, organizational strategy and structure, as well as social network theory and analysis. His industry specialties are markets for professional services (law, consulting, investment banking) and culture (music industry). His 2013 acclaimed book, "Shaping Jazz," is an innovative study of the emergence and evolution of the market for recorded jazz. In addition to publishing in top journals within management and sociology, Professor Phillips has been on the editorial board of the Administrative Science Quarterly, an Associate Editor with Management Science, and was a Consulting Editor at the American Journal of Sociology. Professor Phillips is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Morehouse College with a bachelor's degree in physics. He earned his first master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a second master's degree in sociology from Stanford University. Before pursuing his PhD at Stanford, he worked as an engineer and researcher affiliated with the U.S. Air Force (Lincoln Labs, MA) and was an executive in a family-owned electronics manufacturing business. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, learning to play instruments, and listening to music. Areas of Expertise: The Sociology of Labor Markets and Professional Careers Social Networks Managing Innovation, Creativity, and Change Entrepreneurial Management.

This event is sponsored by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing at Columbia Business School, and Columbia Business School Publishing.

 

2014 Events

Monday, December 8, 2014
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dennis Levine was a trusted partner at Drexel Burnham and the firm’s top dealmaker, engineering some of the most complex, ground-breaking multi-billion dollar transactions at the height of Wall Street in the1980s. It all came crumbling down in 1986 when Levine was charged and prosecuted alongside his colleagues Mike Milken and Ivan Boesky for their roles in one of Wall Street’s largest insider trading scandals. Read more here.

Levine gave an overview of his opinion about what went awry at Drexel Brunham Lambert and how the world of high finance can be improved. Learn from his insights into improving corporate governance and disclosure requirements without stifling the spirit of the ingenuity powering our market-driven financial system. Levine's real-life experiences, knowledge of Wall Street, corporate practices and the consequences of breaking the law can provide an unparalleled and potent dose of what happens to ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances.

About Dennis Levine

Dennis Levine was a renowned power broker during the deal frenzy of the 1980’s. Levine was Mike Milken’s trusted partner at Drexel Burnham before being indicted for insider trading. Previously, Levine was a senior investment banker at Lehman Brothers, and before that, Smith Barney and Citibank.

Mr. Levine authored a book entitled Inside Out, has lectured extensively at business functions and universities throughout the world and has been a guest on numerous talk shows, including a PBS roundtable discussion with Rudolph Giuliani and other business leaders on Ethics in American Business hosted by Walter Cronkite.

Today, Levine continues in his roles as financial strategist and business catalyst – helping companies architect competitive business models while forging meaningful strategic relationships through his unparalleled access and know how. With a worldwide network of relationships, Mr. Levine provides clients with creative solutions and advice that directly impacts their business and corporate value. Levine is President of Adasar Group, Inc., a management-consulting firm based in New York City. He is married and the father of two children.

This event was sponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

David Madigan discussed his work on research challenges in clinical medical work. Dan Goroff commented on Dr. Madigan's research but will primarily discuss the work he has been heading at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to improve the public verification of research, primarily in economics, and to provide an open access infrastructure to data used in research, a sponsored web site that ‘runsyourcode’, etc. To view more information about the research at this event, please visit here.

This event was part of the Bernstein Debate Series.

 

Monday, December 1, 2014
7:45 - 8:45 a.m.

Efficient capital allocation has been a tremendous source of growth since the industrial revolution. Many of today's investors back companies not only because they provide attractive investment opportunities, but also because they seek to have a positive impact on the world. Zac Zeitlin hosted an open breakfast discussion about the opportunities and challenges of this approach to investing.

About Zac Zeitlin

Zac Zeitlin has been an active investor in an exciting group of impact-minded, early stage companies, with a particular focus on food, health and wellness and education. Prior to starting NGV, Zac was a co-founder and head of the Principal Finance business of Silver Point Capital, as well as one of the firm’s six partners. Zac began his career as a private equity investor in the PIA group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and at TPG Capital. He is a Plan II-Business Honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Zac is a Trustee of Greens Farms Academy.

This event was sponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Moderated by Professor William Klepper, Columbia Business School.

Demoulas Market Basket is a regional grocery chain with $4.3 billion in sales. For the past year, New England’s media focused on the supposedly heartwarming scene of Market Basket employees striking to save their CEO, Artie T. Demoulas, from being ousted by his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. But was that portrayal of Market Basket accurate? Join independent board member Eric Gebaide in this off the record discussion of how corporate boards handle alleged unethical behavior and the tools available to boards facing negative PR. Read more HERE.

About Eric Gebaide

Eric Gebaide ’96 has over 20 years of advising and operating public and privately held technology companies in every phase of their development, as an attorney, merchant and investment banker. Throughout his career, Mr. Gebaide has advised on over 40 successful transactions including mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, bankruptcies, private placements and joint ventures throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, totaling over $1 billion of value.  Prior to founding Innovation Advisors, Mr. Gebaide was a senior banker for over five years with Broadview Int'l LLC (now Jefferies Broadview).  Mr. Gebaide was the US head of the firm’s IT Services practice and also the firm’s New York-based Internet Media practice.  Previously, Mr. Gebaide was a Managing Director for the US, as well as Global General Counsel of a privately held, European-based merchant banking group for over four years, serving on several boards of NASDAQ-traded technology companies.  Following the acquisition, reorganization and consolidation of the merchant bank into Emerson Radio Corp. (MSN – Amex), he also served as Director of Business Development at Emerson.  Prior to joining the merchant bank, after several years of practicing law in New York and Florida, he also founded and was the President of an “Internet” start-up in Silicon Alley from 1989 to 1991, the Everlink Corporation, which was the first multi-media VAR for Sun Microsystems, Informix and Natural Language.
Mr. Gebaide is also a Director at All Hands Volunteers and on the board of Demoulas Market Basket.
Mr. Gebaide earned his MBA with honors from Columbia Business School, as well as a JD cum laude and AB from the University of Miami.

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

 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Moderated by Professor Todd Jick, Columbia Business School.

Increasingly, global companies are adopting formal statements of corporate values. Senior executives are routinely identifying ethical behaviors – such as honesty, integrity and social concerns – as essential to a company's strategic agenda. But are companies being too heavy-handed making "integrity and honesty" part of an employee's job requirements? How can companies successfully enforce such policies without creating a toxic corporate culture?

The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Student Leadership and Ethics Board invites you to join Professor Todd Jick as he discusses his views on the topics of corporate values, culture and organizational change. This breakfast will provide a rare opportunity to discuss this vital topic with one of CBS' most popular professors.

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

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Amit Khandelwal, Columbia Business School.

As future business leaders entering the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, how will you integrate the values of the firm with your individual values?  
Arihant Patni will discuss how he successfully managed a billion-dollar family business (Patni Computers), how to identify the culture of the company to invest in, and why he has invested his personal wealth into the social bank, Grameen Capital.

Arihant Patni is an entrepreneur, financial advisor and venture capitalist with extensive experience in diverse areas such as IT services/infrastructure, business development/marketing and wealth management. 

Arihant’s foray in the venture capital space came about when Patni Computer Systems was acquired in 2011 at a valuation of $1.5 billion. Currently, Arihant is the Managing Director of Patni Financial Advisors, a wealth management company, and Hive Technologies, a platform that invests in data analytics and data science (‘Big Data’) companies. He is also Co-Founder and on the Board of Directors of Nirvana Venture Advisors, a venture capital fund with focus on the internet space. In 2012 he and his brother bought a 43.17% stake in Grameen Capital. Arihant received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Chemical Engineering. He continued his education at Babson College, where he received his MBA (Magna Cum Laude), with a concentration in entrepreneurship. He then received a separate Master’s Degree in Statistics from Columbia University.

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014
8:00 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.

Featuring Professor Paul Glasserman, Columbia Business School.

For this Sanford Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board Faculty-Student breakfast, join Professor Glasserman as he discusses the secret recordings of Carmen Segarra, a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve in New York. The New York Federal Reserve’s role is to monitor big banks. However, when Carmen Segarra was hired, what she witnessed inside the Federal Reserve was so alarming she started secretly recording as she and her colleagues examined banks and the Federal Reserve.

Having spent time at the New York Federal Reserves & US Treasury, Professor Paul Glasserman will add his own perspective regarding this story and answer other questions related to leadership and ethics.

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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

This event is part of the Bernstein Debates Series.

Friday, September 19, 2014
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

With a focus on bringing together an audience from a broad range of industries, backgrounds, and occupations, this event serves to energize the entire diversity community with new ways of thinking and doing that will help move us all beyond our current perspective.  By understanding the underlying causes of diversity concerns in the workplace, initiatives that target the enduring root causes of the problem, instead of the shorter-term salient symptoms, are desperately needed in this arena. Diversity and Inclusion for All seeks to comprehensively explore this most timely and relevant subject through panels and presentations by academic researchers and industry professionals.

For more information, please visit here.

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Why do women currently hold only between 10 and 15 percent of C-suite positions in corporate America? Why are we having the same conversations about women’s role in the workplace as we did 20 years ago?    

These are some of the questions that “Engaging Men to Advance Women in Business” seeks to address at the workshop. The workshop will bring together male and female executives from a variety of companies. Thought-leaders and executives who lead efforts to engage men in diversity and inclusion initiatives will share their strategies and best practices for collaborative leadership. At the workshop, attendees will participate in several polling exercises, answer questions about their perceptions of how many men in their companies are engaged in gender diversity, explore the effectiveness of their companies’ efforts in engaging men, and highlight metrics for tracking progress toward gender equality. For more information, please visit here.

This event is sponsored by the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics, Greatheart Leadership Labs, and the Center for Women and Business, Bentley University.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut , Columbia Business School.

David Stern, the commissioner emeritus of the National Basketball Association, was awarded the 2014 Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics during a ceremony on Tuesday, September 9 at Uris Hall.

The Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics and Ethical Practice in the Professions recognizes outstanding leaders who exhibit the highest standard of ethical conduct in business. The awardee inaugurates each school year with a lecture to students. To see video footage from the event, please visit here.

This event is organized by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
12:30-2:30 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut , Columbia Business School.

Following the Individual, Business and Society (IBS) cases in Orientation, Raymond McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citigroup, 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.

Biography
Raymond J. McGuire is a member of the Institutional Clients Group Executive Committee and the Institutional Clients Group Business Practices Committee at Citi. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. McGuire was the Global Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Morgan Stanley; Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.; and one of the original members of Wasserstein Perella & Co., Inc. where he became a Partner/Managing Director in 1991. He started his career in 1984 in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of The First Boston Corporation. Mr. McGuire received his M.B.A. and J.D. from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School (1984), and an A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College (1979). He received a L.H.D. from Pratt Institute (2011).He also attended the University of Nice, France while on a Rotary Fellowship (1980). He has had legal experience at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as well as Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler.

This event is organized by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School.

 

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