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2016 Events

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Given the paramount importance of sustained profitable growth—the holy grail of corporate performance and CEO job security—it is surprising and discouraging to discover how few companies achieve this goal.

This discussion explored why the majority of companies cannot consistently achieve profitable growth over time, and what enlightened executives can do about it. Whether you're headed towards a startup venture or a mature enterprise, there are common business mindsets and strategic imperatives that lay the groundwork for long-term growth. Prof. Len Sherman also explored the ethical pitfalls of looking for growth in all the wrong places, and how to avoid the minefields that have compromised the strategic direction and moral compass of companies like HP and VW.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board

Thursday, March 31, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

What cultural factors lead to high performing teams? What recruiting practices do banks use to enrich their corporate culture? How do managers reinforce how and why each person’s contribution is fundamental to the team’s success? What role does diversity play in high performing teams?

Suni Harford explored the impact millennials, veterans and women are having on shaping the workplace and fostering a cultural transformation in financial firms. She will also share insights from leadership initiatives intended to diversify Citigroup and how it has played an imperative role in shaping the company’s corporate culture and her career.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and part of Leadership and Ethics Week

Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Why should managers pay attention to stakeholders? Who are an organization’s stakeholders and what is the basis for their legitimacy? What do stakeholders want? Are the ethics of business different from everyday ethics? This breakfast was an opportunity to discuss these questions with a star professor and thought leader on these issues.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and part of Leadership and Ethics Week

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Wall Street meltdown of late 2008 triggered a recession and repercussions from which we are still recovering. Too Big to Fail, a film based on Andrew Ross Sorkin’s bestselling book, offers an insightful look at the financial crisis and the leaders who decided the fate of the world’s economy in a matter of a few weeks.

The film explores the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington, while depicting the misaligned incentives that led to such destructive behavior in financial markets.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and part of Leadership and Ethics Week

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Diverse teams produce better results than homogeneous teams. Drawing on her own research, Professor Bartel discussed Diversity in the Board Room. She shared data on the representation of women on corporate boards, the use of gender quotas in other countries, and the impact of female representation on firm performance.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and part of Leadership and Ethics Week

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Beth Comstock has enjoyed one of the most impressive and unique rises to power in recent business history. Now, as Vice President of Business Innovations at General Electric, Ms. Comstock uses her past experiences (as GE’s Chief Marketing Officer, President of Integrated Media at NBC and one of the founders of Hulu) to blaze a new path of digital evolution and innovation at one of the world’s largest companies. Throughout her career, Beth Comstock has attributed her success to taking on new challenges in order to create profound impact within GE.

Ms. Comstock discussed how she used value based leadership to transform the corporate culture of General Electric—from one of rigid processes and engineering to a more flexible, diverse and creative environment that fosters curiosity and innovation. Students also gained insight into how one can create meaningful change in an organization.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and part of Leadership and Ethics Week

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Building and managing workplace relationships can be one of the most impactful, but also challenging leadership activities we face in business. This conversation focused on the key components of building solid relationships.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and part of Leadership and Ethics Week

Monday, March 28, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Maryam Banikarim discussed how to instill common values across an organization, how the changing industry landscape has affected the guest experience, and how she builds dynamic teams that are launching Hyatt into a new age of ever-increasing connectivity and individualization.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board and part of Leadership and Ethics Week

Monday, March 21, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Andrew Stern spent fourteen years as the President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America. During his time, Mr. Stern was confronted with many difficult realities facing modern workers in America and was forced to make challenging decisions that involved weighing the priorities of his union against his own political career.

Andrew Stern discussed his leadership experiences in Washington and how his lessons learned can help the future leaders of America navigate complex political landscapes.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board

Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

CEO Clark Murphy met with a select group of students to discuss his views on successful leadership, as well as areas where companies may currently be falling short. He discussed how he leads an organization with over 40 offices around the world, while also identifying executives who are well-suited for running industry leading organizations.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

This event investigated if managers or investors are the “short-termists,” if investors should leave managers alone, and if financial markets have created “quarterly capitalism.”

This event was part of the Bernstein Debates Series

Monday, February 22, 2016
7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

 Power is a psychological accelerator that infuses one with confidence and optimism, but it can also take away one’s psychological steering wheel. This breakfast discussion explored how the same psychological processes triggered by power that can lead the impossible to become possible, can also lead down the dark alley of corruption..

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

This full-day event was an opportunity to see what it means to lead at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY. Attendees exchanged leadership ideas with current West Point Cadets and helped develop current Cadets’ critical thinking and decision making skills. There also was the option to participate in small-unit leadership activities, a negotiation seminar, and an ethics based case study. Read more about the event here.

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
7:30-8:45 a.m.

New technologies (including the internet) have transformed many aspects of our life, affecting the way businesses are organized and work is performed. This has led to many benefits for individuals (both consumers and employees), but also raises potential ethical and distributional questions. Professor Kim led a discussion on the emergence of new platforms (e.g., Uber), and how these services shape the future of work in organizations..

This event was sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board

Friday, February 5, 2016
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

On February 5th, 2016, the Data Science Institute and the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia University are bringing together business leaders with academics to discuss how businesses are incorporating privacy considerations into their business strategies. Meet industry leaders and entrepreneurs from frontier firms, including Microsoft, IBM, Deloitte, RedMorph and Dstillery, and learn how they are changing the value of customer data and industry practices around privacy.

This event was co-sponsored by the Bernstein Center and the Data Science Institute at Columbia University