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2008 Events

Research Symposium: Preventing the Next Financial Crisis: Lessons for a New Framework of Financial Market Stabilization

Thursday, December 11 at 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Italian Academy

To learn about this event, please click here.

Montrone Seminar Series: Majora Carter, Founder of Sustainable South Bronx and President of the Majora Carter Group, LLC, with Professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee

Monday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Off-Campus (The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)

Dr. Majora Carter simultaneously addresses public health, poverty alleviation and climate change as one of the nation’s pioneers in successful green-collar job training and placement systems. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to achieve environmental justice through economically sustainable projects informed by community needs. Her work has been noted in numerous books; celebrated with awards from the National Audubon Society, the EPA, the NRDC and the The Weather Channel among many many others. She is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, one of Essence Magazine’s 25 Most Influential African Americans in 2007, one of the NY Post’s Most Influential NYC Women for the past two years, a board member of the Widerness Society and recording a special national public radio series called “The Promised Land” for 2009 release. Her work now includes advising cities, foundations, universities, businesses and communities around the world on unlocking their green-collar economic potential to benefit everyone through her role as President of the Majora Carter Group, LLC. 

Read about Sustainable South Bronx. Visit the Majora Carter Group, LLC.

 

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics provides a venue for small groups of students to have roundtable discussions with business leaders about real-life ethical issues and the consequences of decisions. The intimate setting encourages students to freely discuss dilemmas of choice and allows business leaders to advise students on how these issues can affect entire companies, shareholders and the public.

Montrone Seminar Series: Carter Bales, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and The Wicks Group, with Professor Bruce Kogut

Wednesday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Off-Campus

Carter Bales is Managing Partner Emeritus of The Wicks Group. He co-founded The Wicks Group in January 1989 and was a Managing Partner of the Firm until assuming the Emeritus title on September l, 2006. In his new role, Carter continues as a general partner and a member of the Investment Committee of the Wicks Funds. As in the past, Carter serves on selected boards of directors of Wicks portfolio companies and is available to help its operating executives in their performance improvement programs. He continues to provide support in all other maters relating to the Funds. Mr. Bales was a Director of McKinsey & Company, Inc., the international management consulting firm, where he held senior level positions, including founding and leading the firm's worldwide practice in media and communications and leading the firm's practice in information technology. He retired in 1998 as a director of McKinsey to devote his full energies to Wicks.

Read Mr. Bales' recent article on climate change for Foreign Affairs here.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics provides a venue for small groups of students to have roundtable discussions with business leaders about real-life ethical issues and the consequences of decisions. The intimate setting encourages students to freely discuss dilemmas of choice and allows business leaders to advise students on how these issues can affect entire companies, shareholders and the public.

2008 Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics: Jeffrey Immelt

Friday, October 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Riverside Church

The recipient of the 2008 Botwinick prize, Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman of GE, is the keynote speaker for the 2008 Social Enterprise Conference.

Mr. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since September 7, 2001.

Mr. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE's Plastics, Appliance, and Medical businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. A couple years later, in 2000, Mr. Immelt was appointed president and chief executive officer.

Barron's three times has named Mr. Immelt one of the "World's Best CEOs" and since he began serving as chief executive officer, GE was named "America's Most Admired Company" in a poll conducted by FORTUNE magazine and one of "The World's Most Respected Companies" in polls by Barron's and the Financial Times.

Mr. Immelt is also a member of The Business Council and he is on the board the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

Mr. Immelt earned a B.A. degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1982. He and his wife Andrea have one daughter.

Anne Mulcahy, Chairman and CEO of Xerox

Monday, October 6 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Uris 301

Anne M. Mulcahy is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation. She was named CEO of Xerox on August 1, 2001, and chairman on Jan. 1, 2002.

Mulcahy most recently was president and chief operating officer of Xerox from May 2000 through July 2001. Prior to that, she was president of Xerox’s General Markets Operations, which created and sold products for reseller, dealer and retail channels.

She began her Xerox career as a field sales representative in 1976 and assumed increasingly responsible sales and senior management positions. From 1992-1995, Mulcahy was vice president for human resources, responsible for compensation, benefits, human resource strategy, labor relations, management development and employee training.

Mulcahy became chief staff officer in 1997 and corporate senior vice president in 1998. Prior to that, she served as vice president and staff officer for Customer Operations, covering South America and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Mulcahy earned a bachelor of arts degree in English/journalism from Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y. In addition to the Xerox board, she is a board director of Catalyst, Citigroup Inc., Fuji Xerox Company, Ltd., Target Corporation, The Washington Post Company, and is the chairman of the corporate governance task force of the Business Roundtable.

This event is co-sponsored by the Silfen Leadership Series.

Research Symposium: Universities, Careers and Women

Friday, September 19 at 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Italian Academy

To learn more about this event, please click here.

Alumni event: When Principles Pay with Professor Geoffrey Heal

Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Stories of predatory lending practices and the reckless destruction of the environment by greedy corporations dominate the news, suggesting that, in business, ethics and profit are incompatible pursuits. When Principles Pay jumps headfirst into this engaging and vital issue, asking whether profit maximization and the generation of value for shareholders is compatible with policies that support social and environmental concerns. Professor Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility and Bernstein Faculty Leader, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, will present a comprehensive examination of how social and environmental performance affects a corporation’s profitability and how the stock market reacts to a firm’s social and environmental behavior.

Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup

Thursday, September 4 at 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Vikram Pandit is the Chief Executive Officer of Citi. Before being named CEO on December 11, 2007, Mr. Pandit was Chairman and CEO of Citi's Institutional Clients Group, which includes Markets & Banking and Citi Alternative Investments.

Formerly the Chairman and CEO of Citi Alternative Investments, Mr. Pandit was a founding member and chairman of the members committee of Old Lane, LP which was acquired by Citi in 2007.

Previously, Mr. Pandit was President and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley's institutional securities and investment banking business and was a member of the firm's Management Committee.

Mr. Pandit serves on the boards of Columbia University, Columbia Business School, the Indian School of Business, and Trinity School. He is a former board member of NASDAQ, the New York City Investment Fund, and the American India Foundation.

Mr. Pandit earned a PhD in Finance from Columbia University in 1986. He also received an MS degree in 1977 and a BS degree in electrical engineering in 1976 from Columbia.

Walter V. Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition Student Team Presentations

Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 332

Teams with the strongest written submissions compete in the first round of presentations for this year's Walter V. Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase. Teams of four or five MBA students, with at least two first-year students per team, compete at Columbia for a spot in the next round of the competition. The first place team at Columbia will win $2,000 the second place $1,000, and third place $500. Then the first round winner will compete against other schools for a grand prize of $20,000.

Click here to read information from the winning team in 2006.

The Personal Side of Leadership: Rajat Gupta, Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

A conversation with Mr. Gupta, conducted by Professor Hitendra Wadhwa

Thursday, April 10 at 5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301


Among the topics explored:

  • To what extent do your fundamental assumptions and mindsets about life and about people influence your professional success?  What are the winning mindsets adopted by successful leaders?
  • Which strategy is better — to leverage your strengths and stick to them or to actively push yourself beyond your comfort zone?
  • How strong an influence do other people have on your values and your behavior?  How can a leader tap positive influences from others while immunizing themselves from the negative?
  • Is emotional mastery a hallmark of leadership? What emotions in particular are important to gain mastery over?
  • Can you actually change yourself in fundamental ways, in terms of your values, mindsets and personality? How? Can values be taught to others?
  • In cultivating and practicing these qualities of Personal Leadership, can one (or should one) separate one’s personal life from one’s professional life?

Rajat Kumar Gupta is the Senior Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company. He joined the Firm's New York Office in 1973, assumed leadership of its Scandinavian Offices in 1981, and Chicago Office in 1989. Mr. Gupta served as the Managing Director Worldwide of McKinsey from 1994 to 2003.

In his 34 year career in consulting, Mr. Gupta has served many leading companies on a broad set of topics related to strategy, organization and operations. He has played a thought leadership role in organizational thinking throughout his career, and led the Organization Practice for the Firm.

Mr. Gupta is very active in many non-profit institutions focused on education, health and development. He served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on UN Reform, is an independent Director of Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, AMR Corporation, Qatar Financial Centre, and is the Chairman of the Board of Genpact and New Silk Route Private Equity. He is also on the Board of Rockefeller Foundation.

Montrone Seminar Series: Burt Staniar, Chairman of Knoll, Inc. with Professor Geoffrey Heal

Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Off-Campus

For information about Knoll, Inc., visit www.knoll.com.

Burt Staniar was appointed chairman and CEO of Knoll, Inc. in December 1993 and served in those positions until 1997, whereupon he remained as chairman of the board. Prior to that, Mr. Staniar held a number of assignments at Westinghouse, including president of Group W Cable and chairman and chief executive officer of Westinghouse Broadcasting. Prior to joining Westinghouse in 1980, he held a number of marketing and general management positions at Colgate Palmolive Co. and Church and Dwight Co., Inc. In the mid-70s he started and subsequently sold a successful direct marketing company, Artcraft Concepts, Inc.

Mr. Staniar helped lead Knoll’s successful turnaround in the mid-1990s, the leveraged buyout purchase from Westinghouse with Warburg, Pincus Ventures and the company’s subsequent initial public offering in May 1997.

He is a vice chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Business Committee, a director of Church and Dwight Co., Inc., a director of Journal Register Co., Inc., a member of the board of trustees of Washington & Lee University and a former member of the board of overseers of Columbia Business School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics provides a venue for small groups of students to have roundtable discussions with business leaders about real-life ethical issues and the consequences of decisions. The intimate setting encourages students to freely discuss dilemmas of choice and allows business leaders to advise students on how these issues can affect entire companies, shareholders and the public.

Leadership and Ethics Week: Laura Liswood, Senior Advisor, Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Co-Founder of the Council of Women World Leaders

Friday, April 4 at 3:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 309

Laura Liswood will discuss women in business and diversity in the workplace as part of Leadership and Ethics Week.

Leadership and Ethics Week: Values-based Leadership Workshop with Professor Bill Klepper and Mary Gentile

Friday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Lounge

The Student Leadership and Ethics Board presents a leadership workshop involving scripting and action planning as part of the theme of Leadership and Ethics Week: "Invest in Values: Advance Your Career Through Principled Leadership."

Leadership and Ethics Week: The Economics of Climate Change: How Businesses Benefit from Climate Change Strategies

Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 140

Moderated by Professor Geoffrey Heal, Bernstein Faculty Leader.

Panelists include:
Marlys Appleton, Vice President, Sustainability, AIG
Chris Hunter, Vice President, Carbon Finance, Climate Change Capital
Mario Lopez-Alcala, Senior Analyst, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors

Leadership and Ethics Week: Montrone Seminar Series: Sarah Nash, former Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan with Professor Ralph Biggadike

Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Sarah Nash recently retired as vice chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s investment bank, where she was responsible for the firm’s client relationships. Previously, she was the regional executive and co-head of investment banking for North America at J.P. Morgan & Co.

Ms. Nash began her career with J.P. Morgan & Co. in the late 1970s with Midwest client coverage. She developed and led J.P. Morgan’s leveraged finance business from 1985 to 1990 and then initiated and led a business development team until 1992; this team became the investment bank’s model for client coverage. Since 1992, she has held a variety of senior management positions in investment banking. Her personal areas of expertise are strategic advisory, capital raising and financial restructurings.

Since retiring from J.P. Morgan, Ms. Nash has focused on investments in the biotechnology sector and serves on the board of Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. She is also a member of the board of Knoll, Inc. and is a trustee for both New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Washington and Lee University.  She also serves on the Business Leadership Council of the City University of New York. Ms. Nash holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics provides a venue for small groups of students to have roundtable discussions with business leaders about real-life ethical issues and the consequences of decisions. The intimate setting encourages students to freely discuss dilemmas of choice and allows business leaders to advise students on how these issues can affect entire companies, shareholders and the public.

Leadership and Ethics Week: Insider Trading Panel

Wednesday, April 2 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Moderated by Professor David Beim, Bernstein Faculty Leader.

Panelists include:
Ilan Reich, attorney convicted during the insider trading scandals of the 1980s; and
Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Judge and Columbia Law Professor.

Reception to follow in Lehman Lounge.

Leadership and Ethics Week: Marketing to the Conscious Consumer, a values and marketing workshop with BBMG

Wednesday, April 2 at 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 208

Mitch Baranowski is co-founder of Bemporad Baranowski Marketing Group (BBMG), a New York-based marketing agency dedicated to helping socially responsible businesses and organizations harness the laws of branding to stand out, build relationships and inspire action.

For more information visit www.bbmg.com.

Leadership and Ethics Week: Subprime Lending Panel

Tuesday, April 1 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Moderated by Professor Michael Johannes.

Panelists include:
Melissa Cohn, founder, Manhattan Mortgage
John Bonfiglio '88, GMD, U.S. Structured Finance, Fitch Ratings
Bob Dannhauser , Senior Cap Markets Analyst, CFA Institute

Reception to follow.

Leadership and Ethics Week: Michael Clayton Film Screening with Professor Michael Feiner

Monday, March 31 at 5:45 - 8:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

The truth can be adjusted — but should it? As part of Leadership and Ethics Week, the Student Leadership and Ethics Board presents Michael Clayton as part of its "Invest in Values: Advance Your Career Through Principled Leadership" series. Join us for a screening of the movie nominated for seven Academy Awards, followed by a discussion on ethics led by Professor Michael Feiner.

Bambi Semroc, Senior Manager, Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business

Saturday, March 29 at 11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 311

As senior manager of the technical solutions team Bambi works across Conservation International's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) industry programs to develop business practice tools designed to assess environmental impacts and develop strategies for mitigating and offsetting these impacts. These tools include landscape planning methodologies, purchasing guidelines, and biodiversity monitoring systems that facilitate private sector implementation of biodiversity conservation initiatives. Bambi also leads CELB’s work on aquaculture and advises industry on best practices for the production and sourcing of farmed seafood products such as shrimp while ensuring the conservation of biodiversity.

Bambi previously worked as a manager in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries program within CELB, where she worked to develop procurement guidelines for companies such as McDonald’s, Office Depot and Starbucks. Before coming to CELB, Bambi spent two years volunteering with the Peace Corps in Togo, where she worked as an environmental extension agent working with farmers to reforest areas and adopt improved agricultural practices. She also worked at Conservation International as a contractor for the Conservation Enterprise Department, researching and identifying best practices for cocoa production in West Africa and writing the project's handbook. Bambi volunteers at Casey Trees as a Citizen Forester, planting and maintaining street trees in the District of Columbia, conducting citizen outreach, and teaching others how to plant and care for trees. She speaks French, Spanish, Finnish and the African language Tchokossi.

Financial Inclusion and Development

Friday, March 28 at 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Italian House

Panelists include:
Herbert Muller, Chairman of the Board, BancoSol
Hans Dellien, Senior Manager of Microfinance, Women’s World Banking
Alberto Chaia, Ph.D. ’02, Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company (TBC)
Andrés Felipe Arias, Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Colombia

Moderator: David O. Beim, Professor of Finance and Economics & Bernstein Faculty Leader, Columbia Business School

This panel is part of the Latin American Business Association (LABA) Conference on: “Latin America: Growth Perspectives in a Shifting Political Landscape. Supported by the Bernstein Student Leadership & Ethics Board.

Montrone Seminar Series: Richard Perl '79, CEO of Chocolat Michel Cluizel, with Professor Bruce Kogut

Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Italian House, Library (Amsterdam at 117th Street)

Richard Perl is one of the organizers and original board members of the Social Venture Network and serves as the chief executive officer in the Americas for the French confectionary company, Chocolat Michel Cluizel. Through Pacific Partners International Investments, Inc., he has been involved in a number of for-profit and nonprofit ventures in several industries.

Mr. Perl is working with a number of initiatives that he believes will help serve as “functional infrastructure” for an alignment of economic exchanges among values-aligned individuals, businesses and nonprofits, including ManyOne Networks, Dragonfly Media and The Interra Intercooperative Initiative.

Mr. Perl has represented Japanese investors in U.S. real estate development and resort projects, managed the businesses of Deepak Chopra, advised on for-profit initiatives of nonprofit organizations and handled diverse negotiations and mediations.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics provides a venue for small groups of students to have roundtable discussions with business leaders about real-life ethical issues and the consequences of decisions. The intimate setting encourages students to freely discuss dilemmas of choice and allows business leaders to advise students on how these issues can affect entire companies, shareholders and the public.

Supported by the Bernstein Student Leadership & Ethics Board.

Walter V. Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition Information Session

Friday, March 25 at 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 330

Join us for an information session for this year's Walter V. Shipley Business Leadership Case Competition, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase. Teams of four or five MBA students, with at least two first-year students per team, from Columbia, Darden, Harvard, Kellogg, Ross, Stern, Tuck and Wharton will compete in the first round at their own schools. Then the first round winners from each school will compete in two further rounds for a grand prize of $20,000. The first place teams at each school will win $2,000 and the second place $1,000.

Click here to read information from the winning team in 2006.

IBS session – Roleplay session with Professor Mike Feiner

Thursday February 7 at 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (Clusters X, Y 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?”

OR

“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.

Klion Forum – Peter Cornelius

Tuesday, January 29 at 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Peter Cornelius, Chief Economist of AlpInvest Partners, speaks at the annual Stanley R. Klion Forum on Ethics.

AlpInvest Partners is one of the world’s largest private equity investors with assets under management of $40 billion. Prior to his current position, Cornelius was the Group Chief Economist of Royal Dutch Shell, Director of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Program, Head of International Economic Research of Deutsche Bank, a senior economist with the International Monetary Fund and a staff economist of the German Council of Economic Advisors. A visiting professor at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, Cornelius has been an adjunct professor at Brandeis University and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his doctorate in Economics from the University of Göttingen. Cornelius is the editor, with Bruce Kogut, of Corporate Governance and Capital Flows in a Global Economy published by Oxford University Press.

With an introduction by Bruce Kogut, the Sanford C. Bernstein Professor of Leadership and Ethics, and director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center.

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.

IBS Curriculum in January Orientation

January 9 – 11, 2008
Uris Hall, Room 301

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—Professor David Beim explores 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.

 

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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