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2007 Events

Montrone Series – Patrizia Carlevaro

Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Patrizia Carlevaro, Head of the International Aid Unit at Eli Lilly, will join EMBA students for a discussion as part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

Ms. Carlevaro will be accompanied by Bruce Kogut, the Sanford C. Bernstein Professor of Leadership and Ethics, and director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center; and Geoffrey Heal, the Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility and Bernstein Faculty Leader.


Klion Forum – Stanley Litow

Tuesday November 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

Stanley Litow, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, and President of IBM International Foundation, will join Columbia Business School faculty to discuss leadership and ethics and the role of business in society.

Introduction by Bruce Kogut, the Sanford C. Bernstein Professor of Leadership and Ethics, and director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center, and discussion with Ray Fisman, Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise and Bernstein Faculty Leader.

The KPMG Peat Marwick / Stanley R. Klion Forum is a regular feature of the School’s academic calendar and is a reminder of Stanley Klion’s ethical leadership at Columbia Business School.

This event is supported by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center. The purpose of the Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board is to foster a culture and safeguard a tradition of principled leadership throughout the Columbia Business School community.


2007 Botwinick Prize in Ethics – Patrick Cescau

Friday October 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Low Library

The recipient of the 2007 Botwinick Prize, Patrick Cescau, Group Chief Executive of Unilever, is the keynote speaker for the 2007 Social Enterprise Conference. He was appointed Group Chief Executive of the combined Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V. business in April 2005 and is the first person to hold this new position in the company’s history. Patrick began his career in 1973 when he joined Unilever France as an organization officer. Since then his career has taken him to many countries across the world. He has held senior positions with Unilever in Germany, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Portugal and the U.S.


Montrone Seminar – Ronald Freeman with Professor Bruce Kogut

Wednesday October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Does good governance really matter to the performance of Russian companies given commodity markets drive value? Can a company pursue good governance in Russia? Ron Freeman and Sanya Zezulin, Managing Director CFO/COO of Troika Dialog join Professor Bruce Kogut for this Montrone series event.

Mr. Freeman is a Member of the Investment Committee for the Doughty Hanson & Company European Property Fund, a $700 million investment fund based in London. Between 1997 and 2000, Mr. Freeman was CEO and Vice Chairman of Schroder Salomon Smith Barney International. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Freeman was First Vice President, Head of Banking at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Before joining Salomon, Mr. Freeman was a Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. and an Attorney with Baker & McKenzie in Paris. Mr. Freeman is a Senior Advisor to the World Economic Forum and a Member of the Columbia University Law School International Institute. Mr. Freeman was granted an Order of Friendship (Orden Dostyk) by President Nazarbaev and the Cabinet of Kazakhstan. Mr. Freeman received a Certificate d’Etudes in 1958 from the Universite de Grenoble, a BA from Lehigh University in 1960, and an L.L.B from Columbia University School of Law in 1964. He was admitted as a Member of the New York State Bar in 1965.


Leading the way: Distressed Investing in US, Europe and Asia – How to do Business

Tuesday October 9 at 5:45 p.m.
Uris 142

Marc Lasry is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and a founding Partner of Avenue Capital Group. Distressed investing has been the focus of his professional career for over 21 years. Previously, he managed capital for Amroc Investments, L.P., which was affiliated with Acadia Partners, an investment partnership whose general partners include Keystone, Inc. (an investment partnership firm that was associated with the Robert M. Bass Group, Inc.), American Express Company and the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America. Prior to that, Marc was Co-Director of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Cowen & Company. Prior to that time, he served as Director of the Private Debt Department at Smith Vasiliou Management Company. He also clerked for the Honorable Edward Ryan, former Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York. Marc graduated with a B.A in History from Clark University and received a J.D from New York Law School. Marc is on the Board of Directors of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, The Clinton Foundation and the 92nd Street Y.

Organized by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Student Leadership & Ethics Board.


Ethical Best Practices in the Consulting Industry

Monday, October 8 at 5:45 p.m.
Uris 326

Professor Hitendra Wadhwa leads a discussion on the ethical challenges facing the industry, with:
Rich Lesser, a senior partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, who leads the firm’s New York office. Since joining BCG, Rich has supported clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, retailing, paper manufacturing, high tech and consumer electronics;
Justin Pettit, a partner of Booz Allen Hamilton and member of the Strategic Leadership Practice. Justin leads efforts in the area of corporate finance and shareholder value. Mr. Pettit’s career includes experience in corporate finance advisory, investment banking, as well as management consulting; and
David Schoeman, a Principal with McKinsey & Company in New York. He primarily serves Financial Institutions and is a leader of the firm’s banking operations practices. David has been instrumental in developing ecommerce strategies, building core infrastructure and creating offshore operations platforms for the firm’s clients.

Sponsored by the Management Consulting Association and the Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership & Ethics Board.


IBS session – Roleplay session with Professor Mike Feiner

Tuesday September 18 at 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. (Clusters B, E and H); 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Clusters A, C and G); and Thursday September 20 at 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM (Clusters D and F)

What Would You Do...................?
“If your boss and your boss’ boss were to direct you to fire an organizational veteran of 18 years, a scant two months before he was set to retire, thereby preventing his benefits from maturing?”


“If you were charged with reviewing and making a recommendation on a potentially attractive investment for your private equity fund employer, but you believed that the target – a sub-prime auto lender that targeted low income immigrants, often repossessing and “turning” the inventory multiple times – was unsavory or even ethically questionable?”

Many of you have and most of you will face dilemmas like these during your careers. To find out how best to grapple with these kinds of tough ethical issues, please join Professor Michael Feiner and members of your cluster for an interactive discussion based on the real-life experiences of your classmates. Sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center.


Dr. Pamela Hartigan with Professor Bruce Kogut

Thursday September 13 at 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

Dr. Pamela Hartigan, Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation, discusses her organization’s focus on social entrepreneurship as a key element in advancing societies and addressing social problems globally. Learn about some of the many international social entrepreneurs and ideas the Schwab Foundation has supported, helping to implement and scale ideas to drive transformational change. The Schwab Foundation does not give grants or invest financially in the organizations of its selected social entrepreneurs. Rather, it uses its resources to create unprecedented opportunities where social entrepreneurs who have successfully implemented and scaled their transformational idea, can further the legitimacy of their work, have access to usually inaccessible networks and thus mobilize financial and in-kind resources that enable them to continue to strengthen and expand.

Dr. Hartigan joined the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as its first Managing Director in October 2000. Of Ecuadorian origin, she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the Institut d'Etudes Europeenes in Brussels. She also has a Masters degree in Education and a PhD in Human Developmental Psychology from American University and Catholic University, respectively.

Supported by the Social Enterprise Club, the International Development Club and the Student Leadership and Ethics Board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center.


IBS Curriculum in Fall Orientation

August 20 – 24, 2007
Morningside Campus

Welcome Reception for the Class of 2009 at Low Library: Featuring: R. Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, and keynote address by Pamela Flaherty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Citi Foundation.

IBS Case Sessions: Learning teams explore a new multi-part case, produced by Bernstein Faculty Leaders and Columbia CaseWorks. This IBS case builds on introductory papers written by Columbia faculty, students and alumni, that are distributed to incoming students. This case is designed to explore issues that arise in three areas: values-based leadership; corporate social responsibility; and corporate governance:

  • Going Global: Working in Jumandia—Professor Michael Feiner challenges students to develop effective strategies for defending their principles in the workplace through a discussion of a promising young manager at Parker Petroleum.
  • Parker Petroleum in Jumandia—Professor Geoffrey Heal leads a case discussion on a new refinery that is important to the company’s growth. What issues should the company address when operating in a developing country? How should the company prioritize and address these issues?
  • Parker Petroleum in Crisis—Professors David Beim, Charles Calomiris and Frank Edwards explore corporate governance issues facing the board concerning the company’s conduct in Jumandia. How should the board proceed when faced with serious questions related to the conduct of senior management, activist investors and external political issues?

This case is accompanied by a video introduction featuring Dean Glenn Hubbard, Sallie Krawcheck ’92, Citi Global Wealth Management and David Beim, Professor of Professional Practice and Bernstein Faculty Leader. These sessions culminate at the end of the week with a role-play session by learning teams with peer advisors, and written assignments.

All IBS Orientation sessions are supported by the Citi Foundation.


IBS Session – Christine Bader, BP

Saturday June 9 at 11:35 – 12:35 p.m.
Warren Hall

Christine Bader will lead a discussion of the issues faced by transnational companies in the extractive sector: what are some of the human rights implications, environmental impacts, and political challenges? She will discuss her experiences at BP, as well as the process of developing an international human rights policy with the UN. Organized by the Bernstein EMBA Leadership & Ethics Board.

Christine Bader was appointed Manager of Policy Development at BP on 1 November 2004. She is currently on secondment as an Advisor to John Ruggie, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on business and human rights. Since joining BP, Christine has lived in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., where she has worked to strengthen the company’s understanding and performance on social issues, and held roles in investor relations and corporate planning. Christine has also served as a corps member with City Year; a Teaching Fellow in Community Service at Phillips Academy in Andover; and a Special Assistant to Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Community Development and Business Services. Christine has a B.A. from Amherst College and an MBA from Yale University.


Montrone Seminar – Carlos Joly with Professors Ray Horton and Bjorn Jorgensen

Wednesday May 23 at 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Uris Hall

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics presents: Carlos Joly, former chair of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Asset Mgmt Working Group and the Climate Working Group, with Professors Ray Horton and Bjorn Jorgensen. This roundtable discussion with EMBA and MBA students will involve an exchange ideas about integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) topics into the curriculum at business schools. Carlos Joly is based in France, Norway and Argentina. He was one of the founders of Norway's first environmental fund (1970's), now called Storebrand Scudder Environmental Value Fund. Prior to this, while in NYC, he worked at Citigroup. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has lectured at universities including Oxford, Yale, and Olso.


Silfen Leadership Series – Sharon Allen

Tuesday April 10 at 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Room 142

Sharon Allen, Chairman of the Board, Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP, with introduction by Dean R. Glenn Hubbard. What does work-life balance has to do with developing ethical employees? Sharon Allen, named by Forbes Magazine as one the 100 most powerful women in the world, will present the latest findings on the strong link between ethics, values-based leadership and work-life balance.

Sharon L. Allen is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP (D&T USA). In this capacity, she is responsible for the governance of an organization with more than $8 billion in annual revenues and oversees the firm’s relationships with a number of major multinational clients. Allen’s election in 2003 as board chairman was the latest achievement in a career of distinguished business leadership. She has more than 30 years of audit and consulting experience. She currently serves on the President’s Export Council and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Her responsibilities and influence extend beyond her U.S. leadership roles. She is a member of the organization’s Global Board of Directors, where she serves as the U.S. representative on the Global Governance Committee and chairs the Global Risk Management Committee. Allen has been honored often for her contributions to business and community leadership. She was recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Last spring, she was named Private Sector Woman of the Year by the Financial Women’s Association. She is a past designee as one of the “50 Women to Watch” by the Wall Street Journal and a “Woman of the Year” of the New York City Police Athletic League. She’s also earned the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Business Leader Award, and serves as a board member of the Autry National Center, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.


Ethics in Marketing Panel

Tuesday April 3 at 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Room 141

Learn about ethical challenges in marketing and how thoughtful leadership must start from the top to build strong, vibrant and healthy organizations. Panelists include: Adjunct Professors Richard Hochhauser, President of Harte Hanks; and Joe Plummer, an industry insider with 20 years of advertising experience. Moderated by Professor Asim Ansari. Organized by the Marketing Association and Sanford C. Bernstein Leadership & Ethics Board.


Montrone Seminar – Thomas Reece with Professor Eric Abrahamson

Friday March 30 at 6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
Calder Lounge

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics presents: Thomas L. Reece, Chairman of Dover Corporation, with Professor Eric Abrahamson. This roundtable discussion with EMBA students will cover a range of topics from Mr. Reece’s experiences with ethics and value systems as CEO and Chairman of a multinational corporation. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Rahul Chandarana.

Mr. Reece began his business career when he joined the Ronningen‑Petter Company, which was subsequently acquired by Dover Corporation, in 1965. In May, 1994, Mr. Reece was elected Chief Executive Officer of Dover Corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is a highly diversified industrial manufacturer which is characterized by an operating environment that vests substantial operating freedom at the operating company president level. During Mr. Reece’s tenure as CEO Dover Corporation expanded from just over $2 billion annual sales volume to over $5.5 billion in 2004. In addition to significant internal growth Dover invested over $3 billion on over 200 acquisitions under Mr. Reece’s leadership. He also oversaw a number of divestitures including the nearly $1.2 billion sale of Dover Elevator to a German manufacturer in 1999. In addition to his Dover activities, Mr. Reece served as a Trustee of The Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI), is a Director of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chairs the Booker T. Washington Learning Center Advisory Board, is a Trustee of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, and was a member of the Board of NYC2012. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including golf and alpine skiing. Mr. Reece graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964.


Montrone Seminar – Pat Gnazzo with Professor Ray Horton

Thursday March 29, 2007 at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics presents: Pat Gnazzo, Senior Vice President, Business Practices and Chief Compliance Officer of CA, Inc (formerly Computer Associates, with Professor Ray Horton. This roundtable discussion with EMBA students will cover a range of topics from Pat’s experience at business and the Navy. He will lead a discussion on how a corporation manages through a compliance crisis and designing a compliance program. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Rahul Chandarana.

As one of the most experienced Chief Compliance Officers in the country today, CA’s (formerly Computer Associates) Patrick Gnazzo is uniquely qualified to answer these questions and share his experience and expertise with students, professors, and corporate leaders. Since joining CA in January 2005, Pat has to deal with a number of compliance issues, high-stakes situations and critical deadlines. The company was in the midst of the most difficult period in its history; Senior executives had been fired and indicted, and have pled guilty for violating the law, CA had reached a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department (including a substantial financial settlement), and shareholder, customer and employee confidence was low. Prior to joining CA, Pat served as chief compliance officer at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for ten years. As vice president for business practices at UTC, Pat built and led an ethics program that is among the best in the world. He managed more than 260 business practices officers worldwide who supported the implementation of the company's ethics and compliance programs for all of its 200,000 employees in 180 countries. Pat joined UTC in 1981 after serving as the chief trial attorney and director of the U.S. Department of the Navy's litigation division. He has also served on the board of directors of the Ethics Officers Association and is a frequent lecturer on ethics and compliance. Pat earned his law degree from Cleveland State University. He received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University.


IBS Session: "Know your IA" – Professor Elke Weber

Wednesday March 28, 2007 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 303

"Know your IA" – Unconscious Bias and its role in decision making. A discussion with Professor Elke Weber and an opportunity to have your Implicit Association Test (IAT) score interpreted.

Unconscious biases play an often-unnoticed role in our lives. Everyone has implicit biases, and the unconscious choices that our minds make in the workplace may shape our decision making process, although we may not know them. Hence knowing our hidden biases, which are often at odds with our stated conscious ideals, is a positive step towards effective decision making. In order to better know your IA (Implicit Associations) take the IAT, and then attend the event led by Professor Elke Weber. The Implicit Association Test or IAT seeks to measure unconscious bias and was introduced in 1998. Since then more than 3 million IATs have been completed online. It takes about 15 minutes but is an excellent investment of your time in becoming a successful professional.


Fast Food Nation, Film Screening and Discussion

Tuesday March 27 at 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Panel discussion with Michael Binetti, an analyst at UBS covering the food industry, and Professor Nachum Sicherman, who has written on regulating obesity in America. The film features actors such as Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson and Patricia Arquette, who play "...central characters [who] face some hard ethical choices set down by the logic of 21st-century consumer capitalism."
– review by The New York Times.

More film information available at online. Supported by the Bernstein Leadership and Ethics Board and the Healthy Living Club. (Healthy dinner will be served at this event).


A Practitioner’s Perspective – Lew Frankfort, Chairman and CEO of Coach Inc. with Professor Daniel Ames

Tuesday March 27 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This session is only open to first year MBA students enrolled in the Leadership core course.

Lew Frankfort has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Coach since November 1995. Mr. Frankfort has been involved with Coach Inc. for over 20 years and successfully built Coach into the premier American accessories brand with sales of over $1 billion. Prior to joining Coach, he held various New York City government management positions and served as Commissioner of the New York City Agency for Child Development and helped restore New York's Head Start and day care programs during the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s. Mr. Frankfort holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College and an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University.


Montrone Seminar – Adam Quinton with Professors Gailen Hite and Michael Keehner

Monday March 26, 2007 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Faculty House

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics presents: Adam Quinton, Managing Director at Merrill Lynch & Co., with Professors Gailen Hite and Michael Keehner. This roundtable discussion with MBA students will cover leadership and ethics topics from Adam’s experience at Merrill Lynch & Co. Adam is based in New York where he is Chair of the Americas Research Recommendation Committee, responsible for review and approval of all initial opinions, ratings changes and material price objective changes across US, Canada and Latin America equity research. Additionally as Chair of the research New Product Committee Adam is responsible for approval of all new equity and fixed income research products. He is a member of the Executive Committee for Global Research and Director of Latin America Equity research. Adam sits on the Merrill Lynch Latin America Operating Committee.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jim Mcinerney.


Green Building Guided Tour – The Solaire

Friday March 16 at 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
The Solaire at 20 River Terrace, New York

The Solaire is a 27-story, 293-unit, glass-and-brick residential tower in Battery Park City, a planned residential and commercial neighborhood built on landfill bordering the west side of New York City's financial district and directly adjacent to the site of the former World Trade Center. It is the first building designed in accordance with new environmental guidelines instituted in 2000 by the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), the government entity that has overseen the development of Battery Park City since 1969. More information is available online.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club, Energy Club, Real Estate Association and Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

The Business of Philanthropy – Matthew Bishop, Chief Business Editor, The Economist, with Professor Ray Horton

Thursday March 15, at 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Warren 209

Matthew Bishop is Chief Business Writer/American Business Editor of The Economist, based in New York. Introduced and moderated by Professor Ray Horton. Topics to be addressed include: the business of philanthropy in the context of corporate governance and leadership; Growing private equity involvement in philanthropy; Sitting on the board of a nonprofit; and Top-level management of philanthropic institutions.

He was previously The Economist's London-based Business Editor, and has also served as its New York Bureau Chief. Matthew is the author of several Economist special survey supplements, including most recently "The Business of Giving", which looks at the industrial revolution taking place in philanthropy; "Kings of Capitalism", which anticipated and analyzed the recent boom in private equity; and "Capitalism and its Troubles", an examination of the impact of problems such as the collapse of Enron. Matthew is the author of "Essential Economics", the official Economist layperson's guide to economics. Before joining The Economist, Matthew was on the faculty of London Business School, where he co-authored three books for the Oxford University Press, on subjects ranging from privatization and regulation to corporate mergers. Prior to that he was educated at Oxford University. Matthew has served as a member of the Sykes Commission on the investment system in the 21st Century. He was also on the Advisors Group of the United Nations International Year of Microcredit 2005. He has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

This event is sponsored by the Media Management Association, and the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board. For more information, please contact: Michelle Savage.


Annual Latin American Business Association (LABA) conference

Friday February 16, at 8:00 a.m.

This annual event serves as a forum for discussion on the economic, political and social issues of the Latin American region. Panels include: Managing Under Instability: How to Succeed in Changing Environments; and Business and Social Responsibility: Corporate Governance and Community in Latin America. This conference is organized by LABA, and supported by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board. For more information, please contact: Alejandra Botero.


IBS session – Spring screening of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Wednesday February 14, at 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Uris Hall

Post-film discussion led by Professor Mike Feiner.
“…Writer-director Alex Gibney takes a notorious tale of corporate greed and plays it as Greek tragedy, Texas-style….By focusing his documentary on the people behind the Enron scandal — their foibles, follies and moral frailty — Gibney takes a potentially dry, daunting topic and turns it into something eminently compelling.” – The Associated Press review.
More reviews are available online. Business School students, faculty and staff are welcome.


Montrone Seminar – Eric Eve with Professor Ray Fisman

Thursday February 1, at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics presents: Eric Eve, Senior Vice President of Community Relations, Citigroup Global Consumer Group, with Professor Ray Fisman. This roundtable discussion with MBA students will cover a myriad of topics from Eric's experience in business and government. He will lead a discussion on issues of leadership and ethics of financial services companies, corporate social responsibility and innovative ways that business can improve communities.

Eric Eve is responsible for coordinating community outreach strategies across GCG businesses (Citibank, Citi Cards, CitiMortgage, and CitiFinancial) to ensure that Citigroup’s vast array of resources is leveraged to strengthen communities in 100 countries where Citigroup has a presence. In addition, Mr. Eve is a member of the GCG Planning Group.

Prior to joining Citigroup in March 2004, Eric served as Vice President of Government Relations for Verizon Communications. His primary responsibilities included managing Verizon’s federal legislative efforts as principal lobbyist before the United States Senate, and coordinating efforts to establish a national broadband policy. In addition, he managed the public policy relationship between Verizon and its labor unions.

Before joining Verizon, Eric served as Special Assistant for Political Affairs to President William Jefferson Clinton. In that capacity he advised the President on political matters focused on the Northeastern United States and issues related to African Americans nationally. Prior to his work with the Clinton Administration, he served as Director of Intergovernmental Relations for New York State Comptroller, H. Carl McCall, where he managed legislative matters between the Office of the State Comptroller and the New York State Legislature, Governor’s Office, and Congressional Delegation. Eric holds degrees from Hobart College and the Graduate School of Political Management, City University of New York.


Carbon Finance Panel discussion, followed by a screening of An Inconvenient Truth

Wednesday, January 31 at 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Uris Hall, Room 301

Will a national cap-and-trade carbon market emerge in the United States? What can the volatile experience of the European carbon market teach us? Where are the future economic and environmental opportunities in carbon finance? Professors Geoffrey Heal and Satyajit Bose join executives from leading companies involved in carbon finance to discuss the growing opportunities and challenges in this space. This panel is followed by a screening of the Oscar-nominated film An Inconvenient Truth.

Speakers: Eron Bloomgarden, US Country Director at EcoSecurities; Satyajit Bose, Professor at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs; Neil Cohn, Managing Director of Natsource; and moderated by: Geoffrey Heal, Professor at Columbia Business School.

Eron Bloomgarden is Deputy Director based in EcoSecurities’ New York office. He has extensive experience in project development, advisory and due diligence work related to the activities of greenhouse gas mitigation projects and international emissions trading. Erin is responsible for EcoSecurities’ origination and project development activities in Latin America. Research and consultancies include analysis of international sustainability criteria for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, and projects for clients such as the UN, UNDP, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), NGO groups and private sector companies. He has over nine years of professional experience in international business and environmental policy. Eron holds a Bachelor's degree from Pomona College and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York City.

Neil Cohn, Managing Director (New York) of Natsource, has over 15 years of experience in international commodities trading. He is currently responsible for originating emission reduction projects in China, India, Africa and Latin America and for the development of new products for the company. Neil arranged some of the market’s first GHG trades. Prior to joining Natsource, he was a founding partner of Penfold Limited where he directed Asian non-ferrous metals trade finance and was based in Shanghai and Bombay. Neil completed his BA at Baruch College.

Organized by the Social Enterprise Club, Energy Club and Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.


IBS session – Roleplay session with Professor Mike Feiner

Thursday January 18 at 10:45 – 12:15 p.m. (Cluster Y); and 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Cluster X and Z)

What Would You Do...................?
“If your boss and your boss’ boss were to direct you to fire an organizational veteran of 18 years, a scant two months before he was set to retire, thereby preventing his benefits from maturing?”


“If you were charged with reviewing and making a recommendation on a potentially attractive investment for your private equity fund employer, but you believed that the target – a sub-prime auto lender that targeted low income immigrants, often repossessing and “turning” the inventory multiple times – was unsavory or even ethically questionable?”

Many of you have and most of you will face dilemmas like these during your careers. To find out how best to grapple with these kinds of tough ethical issues, please join Professor Michael Feiner and members of your cluster for an interactive discussion based on the real-life experiences of your classmates. Sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center.


Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line

Wednesday January 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Uris Hall

This IBS Orientation session is supported by the Citigroup Foundation.

Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility, with Guest Speaker: Christopher W. Beale, Managing Partner, Alinda Capital Partners LLC

This IBS orientation session explores the relationship between business and society and highlights how companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and in their interaction with their stakeholders. The discussion is based on a case about Citigroup and the Equator Principles, and explores: risks and benefits for agreeing to adopt these principles; whether similar voluntary initiatives can work in other industries; and how effective this initiative will be in managing environmental and social impacts of project financing activities and in addressing issues raised by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other concerned groups.


Individual Leadership and Personal Integrity: The Jonah Creigton Case

Tuesday January 9 in Uris Hall
Case discussion led by Professor Mike Feiner.

This IBS Orientation session is supported by the Citigroup Foundation.
We’ve all read in the past few years about ethical lapses at Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, Parmalat, HealthSouth, Ahold, Skandia and AIG, to name just a few organizations where leaders have slid down a slippery slope. One lesson we can take from these examples is that acting on our values in the workplace requires skill as well as conviction, insight as well as courage, regardless of what level we are within the organization. The case deals with hiring practices, personal standards and convictions, organizational behavior and relationships with superiors and others within the organization, when one is not the CEO. This session challenges you to discover effective ways of dealing with moral dilemmas in the workplace, and explores questions including: How do you interact with others when you feel your personal values challenged? What issues arise in situations that deal with sensitive, ethical issues? How important is personal strategy and style to dealing with values-based situations?


Dean’s Panel: Introduction to the Individual, Business and Society (IBS) Curriculum

Thursday January 4, 2007 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

This IBS Orientation session is supported by the Citigroup Foundation.

Introduction by R. Glenn Hubbard, Dean of Columbia Business School and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics.
Speakers: Paul Glasserman, senior vice dean of Columbia Business School and Jack R. Anderson professor of business, and director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics; Ray Horton, Frank R. Lautenberg professor of ethics and corporate governance and director of the Social Enterprise Program; Michael Keehner, adjunct professor of finance and economics and Bernstein Faculty Leader; and Sandra Navalli, associate director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.

This orientation session focuses on the role of the IBS curriculum in the MBA experience, and explores issues that arise in three areas: individual leadership and integrity; corporate governance; and corporate social responsibility. The session explores linkages between these areas, how these topics arise in the curriculum, and ways for students to explore these issues inside and outside the classroom.


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


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