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O. Griffith Sexton, professor of finance and economics at Columbia Business School and board member at Morgan Stanley

Monday, December 7 at 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Columbia University, Faculty House

Professor Sexton will speak on how U.S. firms responded to the financial crisis and how corporate governance is changing in response to the new landscape. Discussion will be moderated by Professor Michael Keehner, Bernstein faculty leader. This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

Mr. O. Griffith Sexton has been a director of Morgan Stanley since September 2005. He is an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School and a visiting lecturer at Princeton University, where he teaches courses in corporate finance. Prior to his academic career, Mr. Sexton was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley from 1973 to 1995, where he was engaged in the development and execution of advisory assignments involving a wide variety of corporate financial transactions. He was an advisory director at Morgan Stanley from May 1995 to September 2008. He is a member of the boards of directors of Investor AB, a publicly traded Swedish investment company, and Hamilton Lane, a privately held asset-management company based in Philadelphia. A former U.S. naval aviator and Vietnam veteran, Mr. Sexton holds a BSE from Princeton and an MBA from Stanford.

Josh Mailman and David Del Ser '08

Monday, November 16 at 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Off-campus

A discussion with Josh Mailman, founder and director of Sirius Business, and David Del Ser Barolome '08, founder and CEO of Frogtek. Antony Bugg-Levine, adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation, will moderate the discussion.

David Del Ser Bartolome '08 founded Frogtek, a for-profit social venture dedicated to creating business tools for micro-entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Frogtek develops software applications for small retail shops, restaurants and other micro-retailers that can be run on mobile phones and are designed specifically for customers at the Bottom-of-the-Pyramid.

Mr. Del Ser Bartolome was elected as an Echoing Green fellow in 2009 and raised capital from Josh Mailman. He was also a co-founder of Microlumbia while a student at Columbia Business School.

Joshua Mailman is the founder and director of Sirius Business, a New York-based investment firm working with a broad array of companies seeking to promote environmental and social responsibility. Mr. Mailman's family endowed the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Mr. Mailman has helped start several grantmaking foundations and philanthropic business initiatives since the early 1980s, including the Threshold Foundation and the Social Venture Network, which brings together private investors, company founders and social entrepreneurs with a shared commitment to create a more just and sustainable society through business. He co-founded Business for Social Responsibility in 1992, now one of the largest national organizations focused on promoting business and social responsibility simultaneously. Mr. Mailman is a trustee of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, an advisor to the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, and a board member of the Mailman Foundation. In addition to the Fund, Mr. Mailman serves on the boards of Human Rights Watch, Witness, Sierra Madre Alliance, Blacksmith Institute, Afropop Worldwide, and the Environmental Defenders Law Center. 

This event is co-sponsored by InSITE, an entrepreneurial mentorship program that brings together top students from Columbia and NYU Business and Law schools to support New York entrepreneurs in the development of their businesses and their pursuit of venture capital and angel investments. InSITE's mission is to accelerate technology start-ups through their early-stage development, transitioning them from their seed stage into being venture-funded companies.

Ayn Rand: Prophet or scapegoat of American Capitalism?

Wednesday, November 11 at 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

A book talk with Jennifer Burns, professor of history at the University of Virginia. Introduction by Professor Ray Horton.

Prophet of free market capitalism or scapegoat for its excesses? The ideas of Ayn Rand, bestselling author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, have been front and center in recent debates over the financial crisis. Some blame Rand's celebration of free markets for the catastrophe, pointing to—among other things—her long relationship with Alan Greenspan; others claim her works provide a compelling case against bank bailouts and the dire consequences sure to follow. University of Virginia history Professor Jennifer Burns, author of the new book Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Oxford University Press), discusses these questions and how Rand's powerful novels have shaped our understanding of capitalism, markets, and the government's role in the economy. The American Thinker calls Goddess of the Market "a terrific book—a serious consideration of Rand's ideas, and her role in the conservative movement of the past three quarters of a century, that is empty of academic jargon and accessible to those unfamiliar with Rand's life or ideas."

Should finance professors take the blame for the financial crisis?

Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

A book talk with business and economics columnist and author of The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street, Justin Fox. Introduction by Dean Glenn Hubbard.

In the late 1970s, America's business schools adopted a bold new approach to the study of finance. They began to teach efficient market models which held that market prices were right, that risk could be quantified, and that one could (with a the right training in math and statistics) build all manner of useful financial and business tools upon these assumptions. New research and the events of the past two years have caused some to suggest that the models we've been teaching in our classrooms are, in fact, responsible for getting prices spectacularly wrong. Is one of the lessons of the financial crisis that we should stop listening to finance professors? Or might they hold some of the answers of how to do better next time around?

Lewis B. Kaden, vice chairman of Citigroup Inc.

Monday, October 12 at 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge

Discussion will be moderated by Bruce Kogut, the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics. This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

Lewis B. Kaden is Vice Chairman of Citigroup Inc. He has administrative responsibility for the following corporate center functions: Human Resources, Legal, Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Audit and Risk Review, Global Government Affairs, International Franchise Management, Business Practices, Citizenship and the Citi Foundation, and Compliance. Mr. Kaden is a member of Citigroup's Executive Committee and Chairman of the Business Practices Committee and the Citi Foundation.

Mr. Kaden joined Citigroup in 2005 from Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he was a partner whose practice included corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and advocacy before appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He regularly advised directors and senior management of major corporations, including Citigroup, on significant issues.

Before joining Davis Polk in 1984, Mr. Kaden was a Professor of Law at Columbia University from 1976 to 1984 and Director of Columbia's Center for Law and Economic Studies from 1980 to1984. He has been Adjunct Professor of Law since 1984. In 2005, he was appointed Covington and Burling Distinguished Visitor to the Harvard Law School.

From 1974 to 1976, Mr. Kaden was Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey. He has served as a moderator for the Public Broadcasting System's Media and Society Seminars, including the "Ethics in America" series, which won a Peabody Award.

Mr. Kaden is the Lead Independent Director of ArcelorMittal and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Markle Foundation. He also serves as a trustee on the boards of Continuum Health Partners, and The Century Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Dean's Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School and a former Chairman of the Harvard Law School Fund. He has also served as Chairman of the United States Government Overseas Presence Advisory Panel (1999-2000), the Industrial Cooperation Council of the State of New York, and Governor Mario Cuomo's Commission on Competitiveness (1987-1992). He was the moderator of the Business-Labor Dialogue, a group of chief executive officers and trade union presidents organized by John F. Welch and John Sweeney.

Mr. Kaden graduated magna cum laude in 1963 from Harvard College and magna cum laude in 1967 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. During 1963-64, he was the John Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

The Benjamin Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics: Dr. Craig R. Barrett, retired CEO/Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation

Friday, October 9 at 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway at 115th Street, Roone Arledge Auditorium

Introduction by Bruce Kogut, the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics

This event is part of the Social Enterprise Conference

The Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics was established with a generous endowment from the late Benjamin Botwinick, BS '26, and his wife, Bessie. Each year, the Botwinick Prize recognizes an outstanding leader who exhibits the highest standard of ethical conduct in business or the professions. The Botwinick Prize is organized under the auspices of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, and is awarded to an individual or representative of a business organization exemplifying the highest standard of professional and ethical conduct.

Dr. Craig Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. He is also a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. He recently stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Intel Corporation, a post he held from May 2005 to May 2009.

Craig Barrett was born August 29, 1939 in San Francisco, California. He attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California from 1957 to 1964, and received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and remained through 1974, rising to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Barrett was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark in 1972 and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England from 1964 to 1965. Dr. Barrett is the author of more than 40 technical papers dealing with the influence of microstructure on the properties of materials, and a textbook on materials science, Principles of Engineering Materials.

Dr. Barrett joined Intel Corporation in 1974 as a technology development manager. He was named a vice president of the corporation in 1984, promoted to senior vice president in 1987, and executive vice president in 1990. Dr. Barrett was elected to Intel Corporation's Board of Directors in 1992 and was named the company's chief operating officer in 1993. He became Intel's fourth president in May 1997, chief executive officer in 1998 and chairman of the Board on May 18, 2005.

Dr. Barrett serves until June as Chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, which works to bring computers and other technology to developing parts of the world. He co-chairs Achieve, Inc., is vice chairman of the National Forest Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of Science Foundation Arizona, Numonyx and Dossia. Dr. Barrett has served on numerous boards, policy and government panels, and has been an appointee of the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and to the American Health Information Community. He has co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business and the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board. Dr. Barrett has been a member of the National Governors' Association Task Force on "Innovation America", the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, the Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum and is past chair of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Barrett formerly served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and TechNet.

Elizabeth Kalodner '84, EVP and general manager for CBS Consumer Products

Monday, October 5 at 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

With Jonathan Knee, adjunct professor of finance and economics at Columbia business school and director of the media program

Liz Kalodner is the Executive Vice President and General Manager for CBS Consumer Products. She is charged with building brand awareness and revenue for a portfolio that includes current TV series such as 90210, America's Next Top Model and CSI as well as an extensive classic library of some 150 titles such as I Love Lucy, Cheers, Love Boat and Gunsmoke. Liz also manages the Star Trek franchise and is responsible for the company's retail stores and ecommerce business.

Prior to CBS, Liz was EVP and GM, Global Consumer Products for Sesame Workshop, home of Elmo and Cookie Monster. Before Sesame, Liz was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Socialnet, an Internet start-up and early entrant in the social networking space. Liz spent 10 years in a variety of roles at the Walt Disney Company. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA, Marketing and Finance, from Columbia Business School.

As part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics, Liz will talk to the pressures and ethical challenges she has faced within the media and marketing industry over her 25-year career as both an entrepreneur and as part of global organizations. 

Cheryl Rathbun, managing director and the chief operating officer of Citi's Institutional Client Group's (ICG) Risk Management

With Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics

Thursday, September 10 at 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

This talk will cover a variety of topics, including: § Have the events over the last year made the financial system in the United States safer even though the remaining institutions are bigger than before?

  • Do we have a better idea of the risks involved with financial innovation?
  • What will the future of regulation look like?
  • What is the role for MBA students in the new financial services landscape?

Cheryl J. Rathbun, Managing Director, was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Citi's Institutional Client Group's (ICG) Risk Management in September 2008. In this capacity, Cheryl has responsibility for Risk Systems Planning and Support, Basel II Program Delivery, Risk Process Re-Engineering and Optimization as well as Risk Policies. In November 2005 Cheryl was appointed as the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Basel II Implementation Director. Cheryl's responsibilities included the oversight of overall Basel II implementation throughout EMEA, ensuring local and corporate requirements are met, interfacing with local regulators and acting as the central point of contact for all Basel II related issues. Prior to this assignment, Cheryl spent five years with Citi's Global Country Risk Management Group as an expert in country and cross border risk, with particular focus on emerging markets economies and policies.

Prior to joining Citi in 1998, Ms. Rathbun spent 11 years at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with various assignments abroad and in Washington, D.C., including assignments to the U.S. Embassies in Vienna and Budapest. Ms. Rathbun has also been a foreign policy analyst for the Congress Research Service of the Library of Congress and the North Atlantic Assembly in Brussels, the parliamentarian wing of NATO.

Ms. Rathbun received her undergraduate degree from Suffolk University, as well as graduate degrees from the University of London, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, and is a distinguished graduate of the National War College in Washington, D.C., the senior school of the U.S. Government.

Jeff Barker, the current New York Market President for Bank of America

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

Jeff Barker is the current New York Market President for Bank of America. Mr. Barker is responsible for the 525 banking centers in New York City and the surrounding New York, New Jersey and Connecticut suburbs. He is also responsible for representing the bank in the local New York community and guiding its philanthropic and sponsorship efforts in the market.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics. Discussion is moderated by Bruce Kogut, the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics.

General Peter J. Schoomaker, U.S. Army (retired)

Thursday, July 16 at 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

General Peter J. Schoomaker, U.S. Army (retired), was recalled to active duty from retirement by the Secretary of Defense and the President on August 1, 2003, as the 35th Chief of Staff, Army, and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2003 until 2007. Prior to his first retirement, he served as Commander‑in‑Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command from 1997 to 2000. General Schoomaker spent more than 35 years in a variety of command and staff assignments with both conventional and special operations forces. Now released from active duty, General Schoomaker advises on defense matters and serves on the boards of several public, private and non-profit companies, as well as the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Bob Downey, former senior director of Goldman, Sachs & Co.

With Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics

Tuesday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

Bob Downey is a former senior director of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Downey was formerly head of Goldman's Municipal Bond Department, and also chairman of the Securities Industry Association, chairman of the Municipal Securities Division of the Bond Market Association and vice chairman of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.

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

Marc O. Mayer '83, CEO of GMO LLC

With Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics

Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Lehman Lounge

Mr. Mayer was named chief executive officer of GMO, a global investment management firm, in February 2009. Prior to his current position, he spent twenty years at AllianceBernstein, most recently as an executive vice president of the company and executive managing director of AllianceBernstein Investments. Prior to 2001, he was the president of Bernstein Institutional Research Services and chief executive officer of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC. In this capacity he was responsible for institutional research, sales and trading, and he was a member of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. board of directors. He was Bernstein's director of institutional research from 1992 to 1998. He joined the firm in 1989 as a senior research analyst covering the pharmaceutical industry. From 1983 to 1989, he held various positions at Squibb Corporation, including director of marketing. He earned a BA from Yale 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.

The Global Economic Crisis and G-20: How to Combine Stimulus, Economic Development and Sustainability to Mitigate the Slowdown

Tuesday, April 14 at 5:45 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

A conversation with Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia's Earth Institute, special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and author of bestsellers Commonwealth and The End of Poverty.

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs will talk on the ramifications of the global financial crisis on the world's poorest. Three billion people—almost half of the world's population—are suffering destabilizing consequences from the economic slowdown that is beginning to threaten our global security. Professor Sachs will share his thoughts on specific actions and policies needed to help developing countries weather the financial storm and get back on track to long-term growth and sustainable development.

India Business Conference: Rising to the Challenge

Friday, April 10
Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Over the past few months, India has seen three big events that will go down in its history forever: the November 26, 2008, terror attacks in Mumbai, the Satyam accounting scandal and the success of Slumdog Millionaire.

All this has happened in the midst of one of the biggest economic crisis the world has ever seen. As the world comes to grip with the reality of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and as any remaining notion of de-coupling begins to melt away, the emerging world, and particularly its leaders China and India, will be increasingly looked at to provide sustained consumer driven growth.

From India's perspective there are significant hurdles that need to be overcome, however if and when they are, the world can count on true consumer driven growth the likes of which the world has not seen since the post World War II boom in the United States, Western Europe & Japan. In order to become a global power of the future, India will have to introspectively look at its past and its systems to figure out how it can evolve so that it can continue to build the momentum of the past few years.

This India Business Conference at Columbia Business School would focus not so much on India's successes (this isn't the year to talk about successes, but is a great year to reflect on where we are and where we need to get to), but on the key business challenges that need to be overcome to produce sustained consumer driven growth in India, and the potential opportunities for those involved. Please see more information online.

Leadership and Ethics Week: Ethics in the Capital Markets
March 30–April 3, 2009

This week is organized by the MBA Student Leadership and Ethics Board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center.

Learning From the Fall of Bear and Lehman: Incentives, Ethics and Government Intervention

Monday, March 30 at 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Uris 142
Moderated by: Professor Donna Hitscherich

Screening and discussion of Frontline's "Inside the Meltdown," an in-depth investigative report on the activity surrounding the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. This screening will be followed by a discussion led by Professor Donna Hitscherich, examining the role that issues such as rumors, short-selling, poor decision making and, perhaps, immoral behavior, had in fomenting the collapse of two Wall Street institutions and how a crisis of this sort could be prevented in the future. Students with first-hand experience as employees of Bear and Lehman will be on hand to share their own experiences, and a lively audience discussion will be encouraged. Join us to share your own thoughts and experiences about these defining events.

The KPMG Peat Marwick / Stanley R. Klion Forum
Is the free market corroding moral character?
Speaker: John C. "Jack" Bogle, founder and former CEO of The Vanguard Group, Inc., and president of the Bogle Financial Markets Research Center

Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Uris 142
Introduction by: Professor David Beim, Bernstein faculty leader

Reception and book-signing to follow at 7:30 p.m. in Hepburn Lounge

Mr. Bogle will assess governance practices at public corporations and how they affect the underlying value of a firm's equity. He will also discuss if the "free market" has corroded "moral character" and how the recent structural changes in the character of the financial and capital institutions have contributed to the current financial crisis.

Mr. Bogle created Vanguard in 1974 and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until 1996 and Senior Chairman until 2000. The Vanguard Group is one of the two largest mutual fund organizations in the world. Vanguard comprises more than 120 mutual funds with current assets totaling more than $1 trillion. Vanguard 500 Index Fund, the largest fund in the group, was founded by Mr. Bogle in 1975. It was the first index mutual fund.

In 2004, TIME magazine named Mr. Bogle as one of the world's 100 most powerful and influential people. In 1999, Fortune designated him as one of the investment industry's four "Giants of the 20th Century." Mr. Bogle is a best-selling author beginning with Bogle on Mutual Funds: New Perspectives for the Intelligent Investor (1993); Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor (1999); John Bogle on Investing: The First 50 Years (2000); Character Counts: The Creation and Building of The Vanguard Group (2002); Battle for the Soul of Capitalism (2005); and The Little Book of Common Sense Investing (2007). His seventh book Enough: The True Measures of Money, Business, and Life published by John Wiley and Sons was released in November 2008. Mr. Bogle graduated from Princeton University, magna cum laude in Economics.

Read more about the Klion Forum on Ethics.

The Who, Why and How of the Mortgage Crisis: A Frank Discussion with Carl Levinson, former director of Citi Consumer Lending.

Thursday April 2 at 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Warren 310

Carl Levinson spent 36 years with Citi, staring as a trainee and rising to become a member of the management committee. During that time he built and sold companies and added franchise value for Citi in credit cards, auto and student loans and residential mortgages. Mr. Levinson's last assignment, prior to retiring, was to reengineer the corporation, focusing on all aspects of the income statement, balance sheet and the business models of the significant operating units that make up Citi. Mr. Levinson will use his first hand experience in building and leading various aspects of Citi's credit and mortgage businesses, to discuss the roots of the current credit crisis, how we got to this point, and what can be done in the future.

Mark to Market Journalism: The Role of the Media in the Financial Crisis
Speaker: Cheryl Strauss-Einhorn

Thursday April 2 at 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Warren 208
Introduction by: Professor Sid Balachandran

For ten years, Cheryl worked as an editor and columnist at Barron's, the Dow Jones weekly business and financial magazine, where she wrote articles for the front of the book, the cover slot and her column about the futures markets, entitled "Commodities Corner." Her series of articles about Exide, the nation's largest maker of car batteries, resulted in the company pleading guilty to conspiracy fraud charges, filing for bankruptcy and, at the end of December 2002, the chief executive was sentenced to serve 10 years in jail. At PolyMedica, the nation's largest maker of diabetic test kits, her news-breaking series of articles resulted in the company being raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a Securities & Exchange Commission investigation into the company's accounting practices. Named the best commodities reporter in the country, Cheryl also worked for CNBC during her tenure at Barron's.

Since leaving Barron's, Cheryl has written for the New York Times Sunday Business Section as well as other print publications. Cheryl has also been working for the past few years in the Investigative News Unit at Inside Edition, where she won the 2005 ACE Award for achievement in consumer reporting for her news-breaking investigation into charities.

Cheryl received her Masters in Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in history and government from Cornell University.

The Ethics of Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent
Speaker: Jeannette Gorgas, managing director at Deutsche Bank's Global Markets

Friday April 3 at 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Deutsche Bank HQ
Moderated by: Professor Laurie Hodrick

Jeanette Gorgas is a Managing Director and the Global Talent Acquisition & Development Manager for Deutsche Bank's Global Markets. She oversees the division's strategy for the graduate and undergraduate recruiting, training and development programs - the pipeline of new talent for sales, trading & research positions. Prior to assuming her present role, Jeanette was Head of Human Resources for Global Markets in the Americas. She joined Deutsche Bank in New York in June of 1998, following positions in Human Resources and Operations Management at Coutts Private Bank, SBC Warburg (now UBS) and Chubb Insurance Company. She attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University. Jeanette sits on the Board of Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY).

Ms. Gorgas will speak about the ethical issues surrounding the banking industry in general (ranging from solvency to capital constraints to regulation and risk management), as well as her personal experiences as someone involved in the recruiting, training and development spheres. She will also discuss the importance of personal branding, personal philosophy and ethics in the banking and financial services industry.

We expect this to be both a lively and timely discussion. This event is open to Columbia Business School students only.

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

Enrique Goñi Beltran de Garizurieta, CEO of Caja Navarra

With Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics

Tuesday, March 3 at 12:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 208

Enrique Goñi Beltran de Garizurieta has been CEO at Caja Navarra (CAN) Business Corporation since 2000 and is currently the CEO of Caja de Ahorros de Navarra. During his tenure at CAN he has managed CAN's transformation, creating a new concept in the financial world: Civic Banking. This concept has remarkably improved Caja Navarra's competitiveness and has consolidated its leadership in social innovation.

Mr. Goñi worked at Barclays Bank, as vice chairman and managing director of the group of insurance companies, MutuAvenir. In 1996 he joined Agrupación Mutua as deputy director, and in 1998 he was appointed deputy general manager. He has been a speaker at hundreds of conferences, universities and summits. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Gold Master from the Forum de Alta Dirección (established in 1982 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain).

Mr. Goñi has a law degree from the University of Navarra and is a graduate of the International School of Management's Business School's Senior Management Program. He completed studies in Management and Administration for Financial Institutions at IPE and London Business School.

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.

Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at The Brookings Institute

With Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics

Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Alice M. Rivlin is a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University and a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at The Brookings Institute. She directs Brookings Greater Washington Research. Before returning to Brookings, Ms. Rivlin served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996–1999). She was director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in the first Clinton administration, and also chaired the District of Columbia Financial Management Assistance Authority.

Ms. Rivlin was the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office (1975–1983). She also served at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. The author of numerous books, Ms. Rivlin has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and has taught at Harvard, George Mason, and The New School universities. She has also served on the boards of directors of several corporations, and as president of the American Economic Association. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange.

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.

John Bodt, Head of Project Finance at Bluewater Wind

With Geoffrey Heal, Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility and Bernstein faculty leader

Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Calder Lounge

As the Head of Project Finance for Bluewater Wind, John helps manage this offshore wind development team. He played a central role in the sale of Bluewater to Babcock & Brown and in negotiations leading to the execution of the first power purchase agreement in the United States for power from an offshore wind farm. In addition to his Bluewater role, John is part of the Babcock & Brown transaction team supporting B&B's onshore wind development activities.

John brings experience from a number of entrepreneurial ventures, having been a consultant to young companies in a wide range of fields. John was a Senior Research Fellow at Yale University, where he provided market research and analysis in litigation regarding the 2000 California electricity crisis. Additionally, he was Research Director at GovernanceMetrics International, a corporate governance research firm. He began his career in scientific publishing and is responsible for launching an international academic research journal, the Journal of Electroceramics.

John holds an MBA in Finance from the Yale School of Management and a BA in English from Boston 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.

Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics with Mr. Todd Stitzer, Chief Executive Officer of Cadbury

Tuesday, January 27
Reception at 6:00–7:00 p.m. in Uris Hall, Calder Lounge
Dinner at 7:30–10:00 p.m. 

Todd Stitzer will discuss values-based leadership and corporate social responsibility at Cadbury. Discussion will be moderated with Jonathan Levav, Class of 1967 Associate Professor of Business. This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

Todd is responsible to the Board of Directors and shareowners for executive leadership of this international confectionery company listed on the London and New York Stock Exchanges. With over 50,000 employees, the company's brand portfolio includes regional and local favourites such as Cadbury, Trident, Halls, Dentyne, Bubblicious, Green & Blacks and the Natural Confectionery Company.

Todd attended Springfield College, received his AB from Harvard College and his JD from Columbia Law School. He joined Cadbury Schweppes North America in 1983 as assistant general counsel after practising mergers and acquisition law for several years in a large New York law firm.

In 1988, Todd became vice president and general counsel to the worldwide beverages stream and, in 1991, moved to the UK as group development director responsible for strategic planning and external development.

He returned to the U.S. in 1993 as vice president of marketing and strategic planning for Cadbury Beverages North America and held a succession of increasingly responsible sales, marketing and general management roles. In 1997, he became president and chief executive officer of Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc and then chief strategy officer at Cadbury Schweppes in March 2000. Todd was appointed deputy chief executive officer in December 2002 and became chief executive officer in May 2003.

He is also a non-executive Director of Diageo plc, the world's leading spirits company.

Ethics Across Cultures Student Panel

Tuesday, January 27 at 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

What would you do if you were restructuring a company overseas, and an employee came to you in tears with a suitcase full of American bills? He was delivering it for the former CEO, who was in the process of setting up a company to compete with your newly acquired company. (Actual story from student panelist.)

Student panelists will discuss their international perspectives and experiences confronting ethical dilemmas in corruption, bribery, price collusion and fudging numbers.

Moderated by Professor David Beim, Bernstein faculty leader

Student Panelists include:
James Crawford '10 (United States)
Winny Christine '10 (Indonesia)
Diego Fernandez '10 (Spain)
Raquel Fernandez '10 (Costa Rica)
Kwasi Kwarteng '10 (Ghana)
Yuval Refua '10 (Israel)

IBS Curriculum in January Orientation

January 9–16, 2009
Uris Hall, Room 301

IBS Case Sessions: Learning teams explore a 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.

During the second week of orientation, students also participate in a lecture on corporate governance and a case session on Cablevision, developed by Columbia CaseWorks.

All IBS Orientation sessions are supported by the Citi Foundation.

 

Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?

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

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

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2014 Klion Forum

When: April 15th, 2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Where: 3022 Broadway
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall (1st Floor)
New York, NY 10027

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

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Featured Video

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

Featured Research

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

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