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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.


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.


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. Read More 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).


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.

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.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Dan Wang, Columbia Business School.

For years, it was common belief among the investing public that the markets should "just work"… like any public utility. But recent financial scandals, predatory practices, risk mismanagement within large banks, and technical breakdowns such as the Flash Crash have contributed to low investor confidence. IEX is the start-up stock market at the heart of Michael Lewis’ (author of Money Ball, The Big Short, Liar’s Poker) new book Flash Boys. Its mission is to restore transparency, fairness and integrity to the financial markets. IEX president and CEO, Brad Katsuyama will speak off the record about the creation of this alternative trading system, what the reactions have been to this by large and small investors, traders and the financial media, and what challenges it may face in the future.

Brad Katsuyama has over 13 years of experience in the securities trading industry. He was formerly the Global Head of Electronic Sales and Trading at RBC Capital Markets. In this role, he was responsible for multiple global teams including: electronic sales, electronic trading, algorithmic trading, market structure strategy, client implementation and product management. Mr. Katsuyama’s prior management roles at RBC were Head of US Cash Equity Trading, Head of US Hedge Fund Coverage, and Head of US Technology Trading.

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


Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:30- 8:30 p.m.

Please join alumni, current students and the Student Leadership and Ethics Board, to bid farewell to an outstanding teacher, professor and mentor, and to celebrate Professor David Beim’s contributions to the Columbia Business School community.

Professor Beim, a Bernstein Faculty Leader and the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Ethics Fellow, joined Columbia as an adjunct professor in 1989 and has been a full-time professor of professional practice since 1991. Hewill be retiring from Columbia Business School at the end of June 2014. He has taught thousands of Columbia MBA and EMBA students, in courses such as Emerging Financial MarketsBanking FundamentalsCorporate FinanceCorporate Governance and more. In addition he was instrumental in the creation of the Orientation “Jumandia” cases which cover values, ethics and governance, and he has led and moderated forums, discussions and workshops with industry executives, students and alumni. He has been a valued advisor and mentor to many students, including Student Leadership and Ethics Board members over the years.

Prior to Columbia Business School, Professor Beim had a 25-year career in investment banking. His Wall Street career included 10 years at First Boston Corporation (1966–75), where among other assignments he started and ran the project finance group. He served as executive vice president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States during 1975–77. Following that, he joined Bankers Trust Company to start and run its investment banking business. During 1978–87, he was executive vice president and head, corporate finance department, and member of the management committee at Bankers Trust. From 1987 to 1989, he was a managing director at Dillon Read & Co. He currently serves as a director of a cluster of mutual funds managed by BlackRock Investments. His nonprofit work includes former chairman of Wave Hill, former chairman of Outward Bound,former trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former governor of the West Chop Club.

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

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

After over 25 years in the financial sector and 25 years teaching at Columbia Business School, Prof. David Beim will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Join Prof. Beim and the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board for a final seminar-style discussion as he shares his thoughts on how one can combine the demands of work, family and career to create a fulfilling life. Having spent decades working as an investment banker prior to coming to Columbia Business School, Prof. Beim has taught thousands of MBA students and advised many about career paths in finance and beyond. He also has seen Columbia Business School go through a multitude of changes (and a few Deans) and can remember a time when the Cluster system didn’t exist and grades were disclosed.The discussion will cover what it was like to work on Wall Street through two financial downturns and economic recoveries, how life at Columbia has changed, and what might be next for future MBA graduates.

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


Wednesday, April 22, 2014
1:00- 2:00 p.m.

Please join us for a talk with Christine Bader, author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, and visiting scholar and lecturer at Columbia University. Bader’s book is based on her experience working with BP and then the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on business and human rights.

Hosted by: The Columbia University Institute for Human Rights, the Government & Business Club and the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School


Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

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. The Oath Project ( 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.

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.

Hosted by: The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School


Tuesday, April 15, 2014
6:00- 8:00 p.m.

Moderated by Bruce Kogut, Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.

With rapidly changing consumer tastes, many food companies are looking to expand their markets at home and overseas. How should the management team, board and the CEO unite to address these needs? And, as customer demographics change, how does an iconic American company — which includes not only the Campbell's Soup brand, but Pepperidge Farm, Arnott’s, V8, Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organics — stay relevant? Join Ms. Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, and Ms. Ellen Oran Kaden, chief legal and government affairs officer of Campbell Soup Company, for a fireside chat on board governance and maintaining high ethical principles in a competitive market.

Speaker Bios
Denise M. Morrison
Denise Morrison is President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, a manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, sauces, snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell’s,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott’s,” “V8,” “Bolthouse Farms,” “Plum Organics” and “Kjeldsens. She became Campbell's CEO in August 2011, after more than eight years at Campbell and more than 30 years in the food business. She is Campbell’s 12th leader in its 145-year history. Morrison joined Campbell in 2003 as President-Global Sales and Chief Customer Officer. She then served as President-Campbell USA and Senior Vice President and President-North America Soup, Sauces and Beverages. She was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010, and she was also appointed as a Director of the Campbell’s board. Previously, Morrison was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Kraft Foods' Snacks and Confections divisions, responsible for leading brands including Planters nuts, Life Savers candies, and Altoids mints. Her extensive food business experience also includes senior leadership roles at Nabisco, Nestle and Pepsi-Cola. She began her career at Procter & Gamble. Morrison is a founding member of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, an initiative of manufacturers and retailers to combat obesity in the marketplace, workplace, and schools. She also serves on the board of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, where she chairs its Health and Wellness Committee. She was named as a Vice Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum in 2013 and serves on the organization’s board. She was named to President Barack Obama’s Export Council in 2012. Morrison was elected to the MetLife, Inc. board in February 2014; is currently a member of the board of directors for Catalyst; and has previously served on the boards of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Ballard Power Systems Inc. Morrison earned her BS degree in economics and psychology from Boston College, graduating magna cum laude. She resides in Princeton, N.J., with her husband, Tom, and they have two children.

Ellen Oran Kaden
Ellen Oran Kaden is the Senior Vice President – Chief Legal and Public Affairs Officer at Campbell Soup. She oversees Campbell's global Legal department, the Office of the Corporate Secretary, the Office of Government Affairs, and the company's Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Community Affairs functions. She is the principal advisor to the Board of Directors and the CEO on legal and corporate governance matters. She reports to Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of the Corporate Leadership Team. Prior to joining Campbell in April 1998, Kaden was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of CBS Inc. She began her career as a member of the Faculty of Law at Columbia University, where she taught contracts, civil procedure and commercial law, and later practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. She is a Trustee Emerita of Columbia University, where she served as a trustee for 12 years and as Chair of the Audit Committee. Kaden earned her BA degree from Cornell University and was a Graduate Fellow of the Danforth Foundation at the University of Chicago. After earning her JD degree from Columbia University School of Law, she was a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin E. Frankel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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.

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


Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

For this Sanford Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board Faculty-Student breakfast, join Professor Bruce Greenwald as he leads a discussion on the implications of globalization for financial markets and what it all means for newly minted E/MBAs in this changing economic landscape. Professor Greenwald will explore how business school students can leverage their future leadership roles in various global industries to navigate trends that show increasing demand for service industries and slowing demand for manufacturers. Additionally, we will attempt to answer the question of: while we live in an era where “globalization” seems to be the mantra, is there evidence that localization still prevails?

Hosted by: The Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board


Saturday, April 5, 2014
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Moderated by Jerry Kim, Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School, and Paul Johnson, Adjunct Professor in Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School

EMBA SLEB hostedt a professor-student debate around the issues of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and value-based leadership. Want to be part of the action? EMBA SLEB is seeking volunteers to take the stage and show their classmates how it’s done. Skit topics included:

• Corporate Governance: Caught in the act... hiding profits and lowering taxes
• Corporate Social Responsibility: Is doing good, enough? Profit for who?
• Value-based Leadership: Lead by my past, or by what's happening now?

Hosted by: The EMBA Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board


Friday, March 28, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Over the course of its lifecycle, a company may undergo significant changes to its corporate governance structure. As a company matures, it may transition from a private to a public entity, go through an IPO process, need to respond to an activist shareholder, or fight a proxy battle.

Join Scott Cutler, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Listings at NYSE Euronext; Gary Retelny, President of Institutional Shareholder Services, and Steven Barg, the head of M&A Capital Markets in New York for Goldman Sachs, for a panel discussion on how the legal, investor and governance implications of proxy battles and activist solutions can transform corporations.

The discussion will be followed by Q&A and a tour of the New York Stock Exchange, and will end with watching the closing bell live from the trading floor.

Speaker Biographies:

Steven Barg is the head of M&A Capital Markets in New York at Goldman Sachs. Previously, he served as co-head of the Investment Banking Division in South East Asia. Before assuming this role in Singapore in 2012, Steven was co-head of Asia Ex-Japan Equity Capital Markets, based in Hong Kong. He joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Barg was head of Asian Global Capital Markets at UBS for two years and managed Asian Equity Capital Markets (ECM) at UBS from 2006 to 2008. Earlier in his career, he was a managing director in ECM at UBS in New York and at Credit Suisse in New York and London. Mr. Barg earned a BA in English and American Studies from Wesleyan University in 1984 and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1990. He was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in New York from 1984 to 1985 and a Henry Luce Scholar in Hong Kong from 1987 to 1988.

Scott Cutler is Executive Vice President and Head of Global Listings at NYSE Euronext. Mr. Cutler is responsible for the NYSE listing business globally. He manages the Exchange’s relationship with over 2100 companies listed at the NYSE in Canada, Latin America, United States and Asia. He is also responsible for the Exchange’s relationship with the Investment Banking, Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Legal Communities to attract new listings. In addition, Mr. Cutler oversees the Capital Markets business including, Initial Public Offerings for operating companies, Structured Products, Closed-End Funds, and REITs listing on the NYSE or NYSE Amex. Mr. Cutler graduated with a BS degree in Economics from Brigham Young University and earned a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Gary Retelny is President of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and is a Named Executive Officer (“NEO”) and Managing Director of MSCI and a member of its Executive Committee. As President of ISS, the leading global provider of corporate governance solutions to institutional investors, corporations and other constituencies, Mr. Retelny is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the business, which includes over 600 employees across 15 global offices. He works across all key ISS functions globally to expand the company’s current range of governance solutions, ensure the quality of its research and the reliability of its proxy voting operations. Mr. Retelny received a BS and MS in Civil Engineering in 1980 from Stanford University as well as an MBA from Stanford in 1983.

Hosted by: The Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board


Friday, March 7, 2014
12:30- 2:00 p.m.

The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. And, as Professor Joseph Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that “their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live.”

Professor Stiglitz argues that growing inequality is not inevitable: moneyed interests compound their wealth by stifling true, dynamic capitalism. They have made America the most unequal advanced industrial country while crippling growth, trampling on the rule of law, and undermining democracy. The result: a divided society that cannot tackle its most pressing problems.

In this talk, Professor Stiglitz will examine our current state, tease out its implications for democracy as well as monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He will then present a plan for a more just and prosperous future. Q&A will follow.

How do you Lead with Integrity? Join the conversation: #integrity #leadingwithintegrity #LEWeek

Joseph E. Stiglitz was born in Gary, Indiana in 1943. A graduate of Amherst College, he received his PHD from MIT in 1967. He has taught at Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT and is now University Professor at Columbia University.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information, and he was a lead author of the 1995 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2011, Time named Stiglitz one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Stiglitz was chairman of President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and served as senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank. In 2009 he was appointed by the President of the United Nations General Assembly as chair of the Commission of Experts on Reform of the International Financial and Monetary System.

Recognized around the world as a leading economic educator, he has written textbooks that have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He founded one of the leading economics journals, The Journal of Economic Perspectives. His book Globalization and Its Discontents has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than one million copies worldwide.

Hosted by: The Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board, as part of Leadership and Ethics Week

Thursday, March 6, 2014
12:30-2:00 p.m.

What matters to you and why? Come here three members of the Columbia Business School community discuss what leadership means to them and why it’s an important part of their careers during this special Leadership and Ethics Week themed CBS Matters. See Guy Soreq ;14, present on integrity in a family business; David Moretti ’15, present on integrity in the sports and entertainment business; and finally Robert Herz speak to integrity in a post-financial mortgage crisis environment.

How do you Lead with Integrity? Join the conversation: #integrity #leadingwithintegrity #LEWeek

Hosted by: The Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board, as part of Leadership and Ethics Week


Wednesday, March 5, 2014
6: 30 p.m. Calder Lounge (1st Floor), Uris Hall

Moderated by Professor John Wilson

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh demonstrated the inherent risks of an outsourced supply chain. Despite the economic value and costs savings for business and consumers, outsources can create significant human rights and environmental costs.

Join executives from DisneyHewlett-PackardBusiness for Social ResponsibilityAmalgamated Bank and Social Accountability International for a panel discussion on how to create a responsible and competitive supply chain.  The key questions that the panel will address include:

  • What cutting edge strategies are companies using to reconcile pressures to achieve low supplier costs with potential reputational supply chain risks?
  • How can a company to ensure its international supply chain has safe labor practices and environmental standards?
  • What challenges exist for companies in ensuring adherence and enforcement of these standards?


Eileen Kaufman serves as Executive Director of Social Accountability International. She has held this position since SAI was incorporated in 1997. Prior to joining SAI, she was Director of Strategic Planning at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, a strategic planner at the NYC Department of Design and Construction, and a financial planner at the NYC Water Board. At SAI’s inception, she worked at the Council on Economic Priorities, co-authoring Paper Profits, an analysis of paper mill pollution and its control. Ms. Kaufman is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned a B.A. in Economics. Ms. Kaufman also holds an M.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.

Cammie Erickson is the Manager of Partnership Development and Research at Business for Social Responsibility. In this role she leads the development and execution of innovative partnerships with foundation, government, and civil society partners, and conducts robust, evidence-based research on key sustainability issues. Her work is focused on promoting an inclusive economy and addressing major risks related to climate change. Erickson has played a key role in the development and implementation of the HERfinance initiative, leading BSR’s impact measurement workstream and stewarding relationships with financial inclusion partners and donors. She also worked on CiYuan, an initiative focused on facilitating cross-sector partnerships between business and grassroots civil society organizations in China.

Bob Mitchell serves as the Global Manger of Supply Chain Responsibility at Hewlett-Packard Company. Since 2011, Bob has led HP’s ethical sourcing efforts, spearheading such important initiatives as HP’s advanced work on responsible student and dispatch worker management in China.  As part of his position, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Social Accountability International (SAI). Bob joined HP in 2000 after working for Accenture Consulting and completing his MBA at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the HP Social & Environmental  Responsibility (SER) community, he held positions in HP’s Global Operations department managing supply chain and business process reengineering programs. In 2005, Bob joined HP’s product stewardship team, managing the HP desktop, notebook and display product environmental strategy development and implementation. During this time, he led and contributed to a number of key environmental programs, including regulatory program implementation (e.g. REACH), proactive reduction of substances of concern (e.g. BFR/PVC), voluntary eco-label implementation (e.g. EPEAT, ENERGY STAR) and Environmental Management System certifications (ISO 14001). In addition to his MBA, Bob has a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from UMUC.  Bob lives in the Washington, DC Metro Area with his wife and three children.

Tu Rinsche is Manager of International Labor Standards at The Walt Disney Company. Disney’s International Labor Standards program seeks to foster safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces wherever Disney-branded products are made. In this role, Ms. Rinsche works on external stakeholder engagement and supply chain investment programs related to labor issues in the licensing and sourcing of Disney-branded consumer products. Prior to this, Ms. Rinsche worked at the U.S. Department of State focusing on issues related to human and worker rights, corporate social responsibility and multi-stakeholder dialogue. Previously, Ms. Rinsche served as a Peace Corps Volunteer working on community health issues and disease prevention in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Ms. Rinsche also has expertise in government relations, international development and security policy. Ms. Rinsche holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Master of International Affairs, with an Advanced Certificate in African Studies and concentration in International Security Policy, from Columbia University in New York, NY.

Scott Zdrazil is First Vice President – Director of Corporate Governance at Amalgamated Bank. Amalgamated Bank manages approximately $13 billion in assets for institutional investors, such as labor and public funds and foundations, through its LongView Funds. Mr. Zdrazil coordinates the LongView Funds’ corporate governance program, including proxy voting, policy development, and shareholder engagements that aim to enhance shareholder value by promoting sound governance practices in the areas of board practices, executive compensation, risk oversight, and long-term sustainability. The LongView Funds have a twenty-year history of advancing investor rights, including milestones such as being the first investor to submit a proposal requesting a “clawback” policy at a major corporation, the first investor to prompt a major corporation to adopt a proxy access provision for investors, and the first investor to pursue legal action against Enron for egregious accounting fraud, eventually recovering over $7 billion in losses for investors. He holds a B.A. with Honors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an M.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He also serves on the Advisory Council to the Council of Institutional Investors.

How do you Lead with Integrity? Join the conversation: #integrity #leadingwithintegrit #LEWeek

Hosted by: The Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board, the International Development Club and the General Management Association as part of Leadership and Ethics Week


Wednesday, March 5, 2014
7:45-8:45 a.m.

On March 5, join Professor Daniel Ames for a Student Leadership and Ethics Board faculty-student breakfast as he leads a discussion examining how negotiators reveal and conceal information as well as how they sometimes mislead one another. Professor Ames will share a few findings on negotiation, which some, but not all, see as a poker game where lying is to be expected. Students are expected to share their own experiences in this interactive session about which situations present the greatest challenges in terms of candor and the group will contribute ideas about how to best handle these challenges while leading with integrity.

How do you Lead with Integrity? Join the conversation: #integrity #leadingwithintegrity #LEWeek

Hosted by: The Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board, as part of Leadership and Ethics Week


Friday, February 28, 2014
8:45 a.m.– 2:40 p.m.

Venue: The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 117th and 118th streets)
New York (directions and online map).

Conference Fees: $150 Professionals; $100 Columbia Business School Alumni; $50 Faculty and Current Students (valid ID must be shown); and $50 University Staff.

This conference will address one of the great puzzles in moving people from poverty: why are there entrepreneurs and small businesses everywhere, and yet small enterprises so rarely scale and grow. When we walk down a main street in Mumbai or in Harlem, we see an abundance of shops and small business, but many do not scale. Many reasons for this deficit have been given: micro entrepreneurs are impatient and can’t save, they are more risk averse, scarcity of resources leads to cognitive constraints, banks don’t lend to small entrepreneurs. This lack of consensus does not help policy makers and financial institutions address the severe consequences of the barriers to scaling. This growth handicap for small entrepreneurs is also found in urban and lower income communities in wealthier countries. What are the challenges for a more inclusive financial system for entrepreneurs? What insights can be drawn from behavioral economics and the experience of financial institutions and engaged entrepreneurs to overcome barriers to growth?

For a full agenda and more information, please visit our research page.

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


Monday, February 24, 2014

6: 30-8:30 p.m.
Moderated by Professor Michael Keehner, Columbia Business School

Join Joshua Klein, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and current partner and cofounder of Petrillo Klein & Boxer, for an off-the-record dinner discussion exploring infamous financial scandals he helped prosecute including the case of billionaire Raj Rajaratnam, the founder of the Galleon Group.

Joshua Klein, a co-founder of Petrillo Klein & Boxer law firm where he represents individuals and entities in complex commercial litigation, criminal matters, government enforcement proceedings, and internal investigations. Mr. Klein's clients have included senior executives of several financial institutions and multi-national corporations, principals of privately held firms, hedge funds, traders, accountants, and several banks and broker-dealers.

Mr. Klein's practice has focused on securities, accounting, trade secrets, banking, tax, and antitrust. Mr. Klein's recent matters include, representing a former Lehman Brothers CFO in federal court multi-district litigation, representing a senior financial executive in connection with multiple investigations involving mortgage-backed securities and representing a senior executive of an international oil company in connection with multiple civil and criminal investigations and related civil litigation.

Prior to co-founding the firm, Mr. Klein served for a combined thirteen years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as counsel with the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and was widely recognized as one of the most experienced white-collar prosecutors in the Department of Justice. As a member of the SDNY Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force for more than six years, he was counsel in numerous securities fraud investigations and prosecutions including financial statement/accounting fraud schemes, market manipulation conspiracies, investment adviser frauds and insider trading schemes. Mr. Klein served as lead counsel in the insider trading investigation of Raj Rajaratnam and Galleon, which led to the convictions of dozens of individuals.

Mr. Klein graduated from Harvard Law School (1993, cum laude) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1990, High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa).

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics and was hosted by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.


Monday, February 17, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Feldberg Space (1st Floor), Warren Hall

Moderated by Professor Jason Bordoff, Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University
Watch the video here.

In five years, the United States has seen a historic burst of oil and natural gas production, easing our insatiable hunger for energy.  A new drilling process called fracking has made us the world’s fastest growing energy power, on track to surpass Saudi Arabia by 2020. THE FRACKERS looks beyond the headlines to show how the revolution really happened, the surprising wildcatters who made and lost billions, and the environmental and geopolitical impact on the nation and the world.

Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal and the author of The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters, a national bestseller published November 2013 by Portfolio/Penguin Press about the nation’s move toward energy independence and  the drama behind it. He also is the author of The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller published in December 2010 by Crown Business, a division of Random House. The book has been translated in nine languages and was awarded book-of-the-year honors by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. At the Journal, Mr. Zuckerman writes about big financial trades, hedge funds, private-equity firms, the energy revolution and other investing and business topics. In the past, Mr. Zuckerman wrote the widely read "Heard on the Street" column and covered the credit markets for the Journal. In 2012, Mr. Zuckerman broke the story about the huge, disastrous trades by J.P. Morgan’s “London Whale.” In 2007, he was part of a team that won the Gerald Loeb award -- the highest honor in business journalism -- for breaking news coverage of the collapse of hedge fund Amaranth Advisors. He also was part of a team that won the 2003 Gerald Loeb award for breaking news coverage of t he demise of telecom provider WorldCom. Mr. Zuckerman was part of a team that won the New York Press Club Journalism award in 2008. Mr. Zuckerman joined the Journal in 1996 after writing about media companies for the New York Post. Previously, he was the managing editor of Mergers & Acquisitions Report, a newsletter published by Investment Dealers' Digest. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1988, Magna Cum Laude. He lives with his wife and two sons in West Orange, N.J., where they enjoy the Yankees in the summer, the Giants in the fall, and reminisce about Linsanity in the winter.

Hosted by: the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board and the Center on Global Energy Policy.


Thursday, February 20, 2014
7:45-8:45 a.m.

In a world encouraging entrepreneurs to "fail fast," should the next generation of business leaders be focused on the importance of employees “trying” or the actual “doing”? As future business leaders, you will likely face this same conundrum as you navigate the workplace and pursue goals after graduation.

On February 20, join Professor Laurie Hodrick for a faculty-student breakfast as she explores the many sides of the “trying vs. doing” debate while sharing anecdotes and experiences about how one should encourage and reward an employee’s performance in light of competing views about trying.

Professor Laurie Hodrick is known for her ground-breaking research on the corporate financial decisions made by firms, with a particular interest in share repurchases and dividends, takeovers, and equity offerings. In recognition, she has earned the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Smith Breeden Prize for Distinguished Paper in the Journal of Finance, the Western Finance Association's Trefftzs Award, a Roger F. Murray Award for Excellence from the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, and numerous research grants. Her work has been published in such acclaimed journals as the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, andManagement Science among others. She has served as a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford and was selected as one of "Forty Under Forty" by Crain's Chicago Business. Her professional activities include serving as co-editor of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy2005-2010, associate editor for the Journal of Finance 2000-2003, and as associate editor for Financial Management 1999-2006. Her commentaries have recently appeared in such media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Le Figaro, and the Brisbane Times.

Professor Hodrick has also received many awards for teaching excellence, including the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2006. She has received the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom at Columbia Business School three times (1997, 2005, and 2006) and has been named the most popular professor at Columbia Business School by Business Week. Prior to joining the Columbia Business School faculty in 1996, Professor Hodrick was a professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was recipient of the Teacher of the Year award.

Professor Hodrick was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank from 2006-2008, where she was Global Head of Alternative Investment Strategies. She served on the Global Markets Research Management Committee, oversaw Global Markets Research graduate recruiting, and was co-captain of the Columbia Business School graduate recruiting team. She served as a panelist at the 2007 Women on Wall Street conference.

This event was hosted by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board at Columbia Business School.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut, Columbia Business School.

Ratan N. Tata was the Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata group, from 1991 till his retirement on December 28, 2012. He was also chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. During his tenure, the group’s revenues grew manifold, totaling over $100 billion in 2011-12.

Mr. Tata is also associated with various organizations in India and overseas. He is the chairman of two of the largest private-sector-promoted philanthropic trusts in India. He is a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. He is the president of the Court of the Indian Institute of Science and chairman of the Council of Management of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He also serves on the board of trustees of Cornell University and the University of Southern California. Mr. Tata serves on the board of directors of Alcoa, and is also on the international advisory boards of Mitsubishi Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, Rolls-Royce, Temasek Holdings and the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Mr. Tata received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell in 1962. He worked briefly with Jones and Emmons in Los Angeles before returning to India in late 1962. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1975.

The Government of India honored Mr. Tata with its second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008. He has also received honorary doctorates from several universities in India and overseas.

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


Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?

Watch the trailer for our interactive debate exploring the value of financial markets, the interaction between government and innovation, and what role markets should play in society.

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This event was presented by Fred Friendly Seminars in partnership with the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, and was part of Columbia Business School’s Individual, Business and Society (IBS) curriculum.

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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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Join Ms. Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup, and Ms. Ellen Kaden, chief legal and government affairs officer of Campbell Soup, for a fireside chat moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut on board governance and maintaining high ethical principles in a competitive market.

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Featured Video

With rapidly changing consumer tastes, many food companies are looking to expand their markets at home and overseas. How does an iconic American company stay relevant?

Featured Research

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.


Program Brochure

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