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2015 Events

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

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

 

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. 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.

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.

 

 

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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