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Research Symposium: Bolder policies for diversity at the top?


Friday, December 10, 2010 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Italian Academy 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 117th and 118th Streets) New Yor
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For full event information, agenda and research papers, please click here.

Leveling the Playing Field: Corporate Ethics & Transparency of Financial Markets

Friday, December 3, 2010 at 11:40 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Location: Warren Hall

US Attorney Preet Bharara and Professor Ray Horton will discuss the importance of promoting higher levels of transparency across financial markets and developing a culture of integrity at all level of financial institutions to reduce the scope of abuse, expose conflicts of interests and restore confidence in financial markets.

About Preet Bharara:
On May 15, 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Preet Bharara to become the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Bharara's nomination was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate on August 7, 2009, and he was sworn in as the United States Attorney on August 13, 2009. In that role, Mr. Bharara oversees the litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the District, which is comprised of Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Sullivan counties. He supervises an office of more than 450 employees, including more than 200 Assistant United States Attorneys.

Mr. Bharara is a member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee and serves as chair of its Subcommittee on White Collar Fraud. Mr. Bharara is also a co-chair of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. As United States Attorney, Mr. Bharara oversees numerous criminal and civil cases, including groundbreaking financial fraud and insider trading prosecutions, historic international terrorism cases, and the resolution of alleged civil rights violations at various public venues. Since becoming United States Attorney, Mr. Bharara has formed a specialized unit in the Criminal Division dedicated to addressing the significant threats posed by large-scale sophisticated frauds and emerging cyber crimes. He has created another specialized unit of prosecutors, merging two previously independent units, to pursue and prosecute the leaders of organizations that engage in transnational acts of terrorism, narco-terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and money laundering.

Under his supervision, the Office continues to combat corruption by city, state, and federal officials, as well as violent crime in New York City and the rest of the District. Prior to becoming the United States Attorney, Mr. Bharara served as the chief counsel and staff director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. During his tenure, he helped to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into the firing of US Attorneys.

From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Bharara served as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide range of cases involving organized crime, racketeering, securities fraud, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and other crimes. Mr. Bharara was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman from 1996 to 2000 and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 1996. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an AB in Government in 1990, and from Columbia Law School with a JD in 1993, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

This event is part of the EMBA Lunchtime Speaker Series.

The New Financial Regulatory Regimes: Japan, the United States, and Europe

Monday, November 22, 2010 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University campus

Speakers:
Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor; Assistant Editor, Financial Times
Takatoshi Ito, Professor, Graduate School of Economics,The University of Tokyo
Lawrence Glosten, S. Sloan Colt Professor of Banking and International Finance, Columbia Business School

Following the Lehman shock of 2008, the financial regulatory institutions of the United States, Japan, and Europe engaged in a flurry of activity in order to prevent the collapse of the global economy, exercising their powers in ways not seen before. As governments came to terms with the ensuing global recession, they began to reevaluate the role financial regulators play in monitoring and protecting the global economy in light of their unprecedented actions. This lecture will describe the reaction to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers taken by the Bank of Japan, the Federal Reserve, and the European Central Bank, and the new roles and responsibilities they have been given in a post-Lehman economic landscape.

Co-sponsored by the Center on Japanese Economy and Business.

The Annual Black Business Student Association (BBSA) Conference

Friday, November 19, 2010 at 8:00 – 5:30 p.m.
(Lunchtime session: 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.)
Location: Westin Times Square New York

The annual Black Business Student Association (BBSA) conference will convene black professionals in a series of conversations, interviews, and case reviews designed to foster interactive discussion and easy, purposeful networking. The conference serves as the premier event for talented, New York City based black executives to engage in meaningful dialogue, while providing a toolkit designed after the unique strengths of Columbia Business School — balancing innovation with analytical application.

The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics sponsors the Luncheon General Session: Sports, Ethics, and Society

Speakers:
Jimmie Lee Solomon, EVP, Baseball Development, MLB
Roy S. Johnson, Editor-In-Chief of Men's Fitness, VP America Media, Inc.

Read more about the BBSA Conference.

The Power of the Investor: How can value investors leverage their abilities to influence boards and deliver true shareholder value?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 207

Professor Bruce Greenwald and David Abrams of Abrams Capital will discuss how audit committees have changed since Sarbanes-Oxley and how value investors can spot talented directors who can act as shareholder advocates.

David Abrams biography:
David serves as the Managing Member of Abrams Capital, LLC, an investment firm he founded in 1999. Prior to founding Abrams Capital, David was a Vice President and Director of the Baupost Group, a Boston-based investment firm. David is also a Director of Crown Castle International Corp., a leading independent owner and operator of shared wireless communications and broadcast infrastructures, and CC Media Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc.

He currently serves as a Trustee of Milton Academy and Berklee College of Music.

David holds a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Bruce C. N. Greenwald biography:
Professor Bruce C. N. Greenwald holds the Robert Heilbrunn Professorship of Finance and Asset Management at Columbia Business School and is the academic Director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing. Described by the New York Times as "a guru to Wall Street's gurus," Greenwald is an authority on value investing with additional expertise in productivity and the economics of information.

Greenwald has been recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award which honors the best of Columbia's teachers for maintaining the University's longstanding reputation for educational excellence. His classes are consistently oversubscribed, with more than 650 students taking his courses every year in subjects such as Value Investing, Economics of Strategic Behavior, Globalization of Markets, and Strategic Management of Media.

Creating Trust-Based Organizations to Lower Risk and Raise Performance

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 7:45 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University campus

Richard M. Sternhell ’69, former Managing Principal of Towers Watson
Charles H. Green, Founder and CEO of Trusted Advisor Associates

Discussion will be moderated by Professor Hitendra Wadhwa, Columbia Business School.

Speaker Biographies
Richard M. Sternhell ’69 is an independent consultant serving professional service firms in the areas of client management, strategy, and corporate infrastructure management. Rich's responsibilities have led to a growing interest in the relationship of quality and trust to risk management in the professional services field.

Prior to his retirement in 2010, he was a managing principal of Towers Watson, formerly Towers Perrin. During his career of more than 30 years at Towers Perrin, his primary consulting focus was executive compensation. He also served as managing principal of several consulting offices, chief operating officer of U.S. Outsourcing and managing director of Global Administration. He served on the firm's Board of Directors and chaired several Board Committees including Client Relationship Management, Quality, and Technology. He earned his BA from University College of NYU and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Charles H. Green is a speaker and executive educator on trust-based relationships and Trust-based Selling in complex businesses. Founder and CEO of Trusted Advisor Associates, he is author of Trust-based Selling and co-author of The Trusted Advisor.

Charles works with complex organizations to improve trust in sales, internal trust between organizations, and trusted advisor relationships with external clients and customers. He has worked with clients in professional services, high tech, oil and gas, financial services, and other industries. Charles spent 20 years in management consulting. He majored in philosophy at Columbia University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

A widely sought-after speaker, he has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Directorship Magazine, Management Consulting News, Businessweek.com, CPA Journal, American Lawyer, and many others.

Professor Hitendra Wadhwa has 13 years of professional experience in strategy consulting, quantitative marketing, and technology entrepreneurship. Professor Wadhwa teaches elective MBA and executive-MBA courses on Strategy Consulting Skills, Personal Leadership, Pricing Strategies, Customer Centricity, and Marketing Channels. He also consults to corporations and teaches executive seminars on these topics. He is the recipient of the 2007 Lear Award for distinguished service to students and the 2007 Most Engaging and Dynamic Professor Award by the Marketing Association of Columbia.

Prior to Columbia, Professor Wadhwa was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he counseled senior executives on a range of strategy issues. He also founded and led Paramark, a technology company backed by $10 million in venture capital that developed the first real-time optimization platform for online marketing and was selected as a Top 100 Internet Technology company by Technologic Partners/Venture Wire in 2000 and 2001.

Professor Wadhwa received his MBA and PhD from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and his BA (Honors in Mathematics) from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics, organized by the Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board and is designed as intimate series of roundtables to focus on real-life ethical issues in the business world and the consequences of decisions. This series of sessions fosters open dialogue between business leaders and a small group of students, providing an opportunity for discussion and reflection.

Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC Universal

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

As Zucker's days at NBC wind down, join him for an intimate discussion on his 25 year-long long career at the network, the recent takeover of NBC by Comcast, and his leadership challenges along the way.

Jeff Zucker has spent his entire career at NBC Universal, joining NBC's Olympic unit in 1986, straight out of Harvard. In his more than 24 years with the company, he has had a diversified career as an award-winning news producer, entertainment executive, and business leader. As CEO, Zucker has diversified the company's portfolio with acquisitions such as Oxygen, the Weather Channel, and Sparrowhawk Media, expanded the brand globally, overseen the growth of NBC Universal's theme park business, and led its digital expansion, including his role as one of the architects of Hulu.

Prior to his current role, he served as president of the NBC Universal Television Group from May 2004 until January 2007. Before that, he was president of the Entertainment, News & Cable Group and president of NBC Entertainment. During his tenure overseeing the company's television business, NBC Universal built a preeminent stable of cable news and entertainment channels, maximizing the cross-platform opportunities of its many television assets. NBC News has remained the dominant source of America's news and information, and NBC Sports the leader in broadcast sports. Before taking the helm of NBC Entertainment in 2001, Zucker spent nearly eight years as the executive producer of NBC News' Today. Under his leadership at Today, the program redefined morning television, becoming the nation's most-watched morning news show and the most profitable program on television.

Zucker was appointed executive producer of Today in January 1992 at age 26, which made him the youngest executive producer in the history of the program. He produced every major news special for NBC News from 1992 through 2000. He also served as executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw in February and March 1993, a post held concurrently with his role at Today. Zucker joined NBC in 1986 as a researcher for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics and joined NBC News as a field producer for Today in January 1989.

A five-time Emmy Award winner, Zucker graduated from Harvard College in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in American history. He served as president of the Harvard Crimson from 1985 to 1986. Zucker is a member of the board of directors of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Temple Emanu-El, the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Film Institute, the Paley Center for Media, and the Museum of the Moving Image. He and his wife, Caryn, live in New York with their four children.

Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics: Peter Blom, CEO of Triodos Bank

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.

The Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics recognizes outstanding leaders who exhibit the highest standard of ethical conduct in business.

Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics: Peter Stringham

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Peter Stringham is the CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands.
Young & Rubicam is a global marketing communications company with clients, including Accenture, Colgate-Palmolive, Danone, LG, Xerox and Virgin Atlantic, to name a few.

Peter Stringham is CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, an integrated network of marketing communications companies that include Y&R, Burson-Marsteller, Wunderman, Landor, Cohn & Wolfe, VML, Enfatico, Sudler & Hennessey, and The Bravo Group, among others. He was named to the post in February 2007.

Stringham was previously at HSBC where he was responsible for global marketing and brand development. Under his leadership, the highly successful proposition of HSBC as "the world's local bank," took root. During his tenure, the value of the HSBC brand grew from less than $1 billion to $11.62 billion in value.

For Stringham, his appointment as CEO has brought him back to a company he knows very well. Prior to HSBC, he served as Chairman and CEO of Y&R North America for three years.

A Canadian national, Stringham joined Y&R from BBDO Canada, where he spent five years as President and CEO. During his tenure, the company grew to become Canada's largest agency. It also became the nation's most creatively awarded agency and was named Agency of the Year four times.

Throughout his career, Stringham has been recognized for his achievements. Among other awards he was named Most Influential Person in Advertising by Marketing magazine in Canada, Internationalist of the Year by Internationalist magazine in Europe, Marketing Director of the Year by Daily Telegraph Awards in the UK, and Chief Marketing Officer of the Year by Financial Services Forum in the UK.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series is organized as an intimate series of roundtables to focus on real-life ethical issues in the business world and the consequences of decisions. This series of sessions fosters open dialogue between business leaders and a small group of students, providing an opportunity for discussion and reflection.

Governance and Politics: Public Policy Issues for Business Leaders

Monday, September 20, 2010 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m
Warren Hall, Room 310

Frank Zarb, managing director and senior advisor at Hellman & Friedman LLC and former CEO of NASDAQ and special advisor to the President on Energy Affairs and Columbia Business School executive in residence, and Professor Donna Hitscherich will discuss a range of issues from boards of directors to Washington energy policy and security "post-BP" to securities regulations and risk management.

Please register online.

Frank G. Zarb is Managing Director and Senior Advisor to Hellman & Friedman LLC and non-executive Chairman of Promontory Financial Group, LLC. He serves as Managing Director and Senior Advisor to Hellman & Friedman LLC. From 1997–2001, Frank served as CEO of the National Association of Securities Dealers and the NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. From 1994–1997, Mr. Zarb was Chairman, CEO and President of Alexander & Alexander Services, Inc., a global organization providing risk management, insurance brokerage, and HR management consulting services. Prior to this Mr. Zarb was a Vice Chairman and Group Chief Executive of The Travelers, Inc. and Chairman and CEO of Smith Barney, which he joined in 1988. Previously, Mr. Zarb was a senior partner of Lazard Freres & Co. from 1978–1988. From 1974–1977, Mr. Zarb was the senior official for all U.S. government energy-related activities, serving as Executive Director of the Cabinet-level Energy Resources Council, Administrator of the Federal Energy Administration, and Assistant to the President for Energy Affairs. He has served in various assignments with the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations, as well as being appointed by the Governor of New York to several leadership and task force assignments for the State and City. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kraft Foods, Inc. and previously served as director for eight other public company boards. Mr. Zarb, who earned his BS and MBA degrees in business from Hofstra University, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by the University and the school's Outstanding Scholar Award. Hofstra named its business school after Mr. Zarb. He recently joined Columbia Business School as an Executive in Residence.

Professor Donna Hitscherich teaches Corporate Finance, Advanced Corporate Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions. She has also taught law and accounting at Columbia Law School and Federal Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics at St. John's University School of Law. Professor Hitscherich has worked in investment banking at CS First Boston, J. P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated and Banc of America Securities. At J. P. Morgan, she was a founding member of the takeover defense team and a senior member of the advisory review committee. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm's fairness opinion committee review and a major contributor to the firm's training programs for managing directors and associates. Prior to her investment-banking career, Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m
The Yale Club

Mary Gentile in conversation with Bruce Kogut, the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics and director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center.

Co-hosted by The Aspen Institute.

Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series: Sebastian Fries

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Columbia University's Faculty House, New York

Sebastian Fries, director of strategic planning at Pfizer will speak about improving healthcare access for low-income people in emerging markets and base of the pyramid commercial strategies and models from Pfizer. Discussion will be moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut.

Sebastian Fries is the Director of Strategic Planning for Pfizer. Sebastian joined Pfizer's Strategic Planning Group in May 2003 where he focused initially on the Northern European Regiom, Italy UK, and Spain. In 2006, he shifted his focus on emerging markets in Africa, Middle-East and Latin America. He moved to Cairo, Egypt in 2006 for eight months and started up the Middle-Eastern Region's Strategic Planning and New Product Planning departments. During this assignment, Sebastian shifted his interest to developing new business models at "The Base of the Pyramid." Upon his return to Pfizer Headquarters in New York, he lead the company's Global Access to Medicines strategy project and helped start a new team focusing on Global Access within Pfizer's Emerging Markets Business Unit. He is currently leading the team's New Commercial Models group.

Prior to joining Pfizer, Sebastian worked for a boutique management consulting firm, Vertex Partners, in Boston and worked on projects mainly for Future 100 pharmaceutical companies as well as clients from the bio tech and software sector. He holds a Masters degree in International Relations and European History from the University of Cologne and received a PhD in International Affairs from the Free University of Berlin in 1999. He was a Special Student/Visiting Fellow at Harvard University from 1994–1997 where he studied at the Center for International Affairs and the Kennedy School of Government.

Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series: James Gamble JD/MBA ’94

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Columbia University's Faculty House, New York

How do corporate boards respond to takeover proposals?
How do senior managers navigate securities litigation?

James Gamble JD/MBA ’94, litigation partner at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett LLP, will discuss hostile takeover and corporate governance.
Discussion will be moderated by Professor Donna Hitscherich.

Jamie Gamble is a Simpson Thacher partner and JD/MBA ’94. He has led senior managers through some of the most stressful moments in their corporate histories: he served as the principal investigator of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history; he represented the largest insurer of the World Trade Center; he has also led Gas Natural, S.A. in the U.S. litigation on the largest hostile takeover in Spanish history. He recently obtained a dismissal of a complaint seeking to enjoin construction of a $1 billion+ power plant project for First Reserve Corporation. He is experienced in complex litigation, including securities, insurance coverage, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial disputes.

Professor Hitscherich is a senior lecturer in finance and economics at Columbia Business School, teaching Advanced Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions. She has also taught law and accounting at Columbia Law School and Securities Regulation and Legal Ethics at St. John's University. Hitscherich has worked in investment banking at CS First Boston, J. P. Morgan and Banc of America Securities. At J. P. Morgan, she was a founding member of the takeover defense team and a senior member of the advisory review committee. As a managing director in the mergers and acquisitions group of Banc of America Securities, she was secretary of the firm's fairness opinion committee review and a major contributor to the firm's training programs for managing directors and associates. Prior to her investment-banking, Hitscherich was a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series is organized as an intimate series of roundtables to focus on real-life ethical issues in the business world and the consequences of decisions. This series of sessions fosters open dialogue between business leaders and a small group of students, providing an opportunity for discussion and reflection. This event was organized by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

Governance, Executive Compensation and Excessive Risk in the Financial Services Industry

Thursday May 27, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Friday May 28, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Faculty House, New York

View the event agenda, speakers and research report here.

Liberals and Conservatives Rely on Different Sets of Moral Foundations

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m
Uris Hall, Room 332

Jesse Graham of the University of Virginia, will speak on his research at this Management Seminar Series event, coordinated by Professors Malia Mason, Dana Carney, Ko Kuwabara and Stephan Meier.

Please see Professor Graham's related paper.

 

Leadership and Ethics Month
March 15–April 2, 2010

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

The KPMG Peat Marwick / Stanley R. Klion Forum
Ethics at the Frontier of Globalization: A Conversation with Moisés Naím

Wednesday, March 31
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space
6:00–7:00 p.m. discussion
7:00–8:00 p.m. reception

See video of the event on YouTube.

Moisés Naím is the Editor in Chief of Foreign Policy. Under his leadership, the magazine has developed into one of the most influential publications of its kind in the world.

Naím has written extensively on international economics and global politics, economic reforms, and the unintended consequences of globalization. He is the author or editor of eight books and his last one Illicit: How Smugglers Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy was selected by The Washington Post as one of the best books of the year and was translated into 18 languages. A documentary based on Illicit was produced by National Geographic and PBS and was recently awarded an Emmy. Naím's columns are published every Sunday by Spain's El País and Il Sole 24Ore and reprinted by more than seventy leading newspapers worldwide. 

Naím served as Venezuela's minister of trade and industry and played a central role in the initial launching of major economic reforms in the early 1990s. Prior to his ministerial position, he was professor of business and economics and dean at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración, IESA in Caracas. He was also the director of the projects on economic reforms at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Naím also served as Executive Director at the World Bank.

Naím holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ethical Dilemmas at Government Institutions or NGOs: A Student Panel

Tuesday, March 30
12:30–2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

Lunch will be provided.

Join us as five Columbia Business School students discuss ethical dilemmas they have encountered working for a government or an NGO. Professor Stephan Meier will moderate the panel of students, including:

  • Karla Calinawan '11
  • Harini Chundu '11
  • Jacob Goldberg '10
  • Maria Martinez '11
  • Sanja Partalo '11

Registration is required. Please RSVP online.

Exclusive Warren Buffett Interview: Film Screening and Discussion with Professor Michael Feiner

Tuesday, March 30
5:45–8:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Food will be provided.

Professor Michael Feiner, Bernstein faculty leader, will lead a discussion on a rarely seen interview with Warren Buffet in this special session for Columbia MBA students only, as part of Leadership & Ethics Month.

Microfinance: Opportunities for Investors and Entrepreneurs

Saturday, March 27
11:40–12:25 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 209

Luca Torre, Founding Partner of Treetops Capital, will speak to EMBA students about topics in leadership and ethics in microfinance.

Prior to forming Treetops Capital, Luca worked in Investment Banking in the Financial Institutions Group at Credit Suisse on a variety of transactions, including the Initial Public Offering of Banco Compartamos and Financiera Independencia. Luca also spearheaded a commercial microfinance initiative to increase Credit Suisse's market share in the sector. Prior to Credit Suisse, Luca worked in India for Annapurna, a cooperative microfinance bank located in Pune, performing a turnaround of the organization to support financial sustainability. Luca also worked in Cambodia with the International Finance Corporation to support local Social Entrepreneurship. He started his career as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group focusing on the Financial Services sector and worked extensively with the largest Italian banking group in better serving the Small and Medium Enterprise segment.
 
Luca received a BSc from University of Brighton and a MBA from The Kellogg School of Management where he received the Siebel scholarship for leadership and academic achievements.
 
Luca is the member of the Credit Committee of the Lower East Side People Credit Union in New York City.

Building and Leveraging Trust at Work

Saturday, March 27
11:40–12:25 p.m.
Warren Hall

John Bockstoce EMBA '09, member of the EMBA Student Leadership and Ethics Board, will share methods of building trust with colleagues, superiors and subordinates, providing actionable examples of trust-building in everyday and crisis situations. This workshop is centered around real-life examples from companies such as Southwest Airlines, where people have faced tough choices and by taking certain actions, have created outcomes that benefit both the business and the individuals involved.

John Bockstoce started his career at age 18 by launching and running a seasonal oyster bar in Newport, Rhode Island. After graduation, he then helped to turn around an operationally distressed unit of the restaurant chain Pret A Manger. Upon finishin this project, Bockstoce joined FedEx, and gained more than three years of experience with FedEx Express in operational roles in New York and Shanghai, as well as strategy experience with FedEx Kinko's in Dallas. Most recently, he was part of the management team that launched The Standard, a 337-room hotel in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, and re-launched Sunset Beach, a seasonal hotel in Shelter Island, New York.

An Intimate Discussion with Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Friday, March 26, 9:30 a.m.
Space is limited for this event, and students were selected on a lottery basis.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will host a group of 15 selected Columbia Business School students to discuss the role of business in politics, politics in business as part of Leadership and Ethics Month. This event is hosted by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

Please note that comments discussed at this event are strictly off the record.

Robert Rubin, former Secretary of the Treasury

Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.
This event is invitation only and will be held off-campus.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics. Discussion will be moderated by David Beim, professor of professional practice and Bernstein faculty leader. See Robert Rubin's full biography.

Kathy Wylde and Professor Ray Horton: An informal discussion about public private partnerships

Thursday, March 18
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 141

Lunch will be provided.

Professor Ray Horton will moderate discussion. Registration is required. Please RSVP online.

Kathryn Wylde is President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit organization of the city's business leaders established by David Rockefeller in 1979. The Partnership is dedicated to working with government, labor and the not-for-profit sectors to build a stronger New York, with a focus on education, infrastructure and the economy.

Wylde has been with the Partnership since 1982. She served for 14 years as founding President and CEO of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation. In that capacity, she was instrumental in the creation of a number of pioneering initiatives in affordable housing at the local, state and national levels. Under her leadership, more than $2 billion in private funds were invested in public-private partnerships that produced affordable housing and commercial developments in New York's most economically distressed communities.

In 1996, she became founding President & CEO of the New York City Investment Fund, the Partnership's economic development arm. This $120 million civic investment fund, established under the leadership of Henry R. Kravis, has helped to diversify the city's economy, create thousands of jobs and promote entrepreneurial business initiatives across the five boroughs.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Wylde was the Urban Affairs Officer at Anchor Savings Bank (1979 – 1981) and spent 11 years (1968 – 1979) in various positions at Lutheran Medical Center, where she helped lead the redevelopment of the federally designated poverty area of Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

An internationally known expert in housing, economic development and urban policy, Wylde serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Mayor's Sustainability Advisory Board, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC Leadership Academy, the Research Alliance for NYC Public Schools, the Manhattan Institute, the Lutheran Medical Center, the Sila Calderon Foundation and the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the First Judicial District. She has authored numerous articles and policy papers and has been recognized for her leadership by dozens of educational, professional and nonprofit institutions.

Wylde is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, a graduate of St. Olaf College,'68, and resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Secretary John W. Snow, former Secretary of the Treasury

Wednesday, March 17
Uris Hall, Room 142

A discussion will be followed by a private dinner with students, which is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

President George W. Bush nominated John William Snow to be the 73rd Secretary of the Treasury on January 13, 2003. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Snow to the position on January 30, 2003 and he was sworn into office on February 3, 2003. As Secretary of the Treasury, Snow worked closely with President Bush on a broad array of economy policy issues.

Before coming to Treasury, Snow was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CSX Corporation, where he successfully guided the global transportation company through a period of tremendous change. During Snow's twenty years at CSX, he led the Corporation to refocus on its core railroad business, dramatically reduce injuries and train accidents, and improve its financial performance.

Snow's previous public service included having served at the Department of Transportation as Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Deputy Under Secretary, Assistant Secretary for the Governmental Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Plans and International Affairs. Snow served as Chairman of the Business Roundtable, the foremost business policy group comprised of 250 chief executive officers of the Nation's largest companies. During his tenure as Chairman from 1994 through 1996, he played a major role in supporting passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement and working on the deficit reduction agreement. 

Snow was also recognized as a leading champion of improved corporate governance practices. He was a former co-chairman of the influential Conference Board's Blue-Ribbon Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise. He also served as Co-Chairman of the National Commission on Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement in 1992 that made recommendations following the Savings and Loan crisis.

John Snow was born in Toledo, Ohio, on August 2, 1939, and graduated in 1962 from the University of Toledo. He later earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia where he studied under two Nobel Prize winners. Snow graduated with a law degree from the George Washington University in 1967 and then taught economics at the University of Maryland and University of Virginia, as well as law at George Washington University. He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in 1977 and a Distinguished Fellow at the Yale School of Management from 1978 until 1980.

Discussion of the "Girl Effect," Led by Becky Yang

Thursday, March 4
Hong Kong campus (EMBA Global Asia program)

The EMBA Student Leadership and Ethics Board hosted Brett Rierson, the director of development Asia for the UN World Food Programme, for a lunch discussion on the organization's feeding program. The presentation focused on the girls feeding program as a way to send girls to school and bring food rations back to their families. The presenter discussed the "Girl Effect," as a way to achieve world hunger and health goals.

Scott Budde, managing director of the Global Social and Community Investment Group and founder of the Global Microfinance Investment Program at TIAA-CREF

Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Off-campus

Discussion will be moderated by Professor Bruce Usher, executive in residence. This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

Scott J. Budde is a managing director in TIAA-CREF's Asset Management Division. In this capacity, he heads TIAA-CREF's Global Social and Community Investing Department which is responsible for the organization's community investing programs and overseeing its socially screened funds.

Mr. Budde assumed his current position in 2006 after serving as an equity analyst covering financial services stocks and as a portfolio manager. He has also worked in investment client service positions with a wide range of TIAA-CREF clients on investment issues. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in 1994, Mr. Budde's experience includes 12 years of financial, analytical and consulting positions with several financial services companies in the USA and overseas.

Mr. Budde is the author of Compelling Returns: A Practical Guide to Socially Responsible Investing Strategies, published by Wiley and Sons of New York City. Compelling Returns discusses how individual investors can get competitive returns through the main social investing strategies of social screening, community investing and corporate engagement.

In connection with his management of TIAA-CREF's Global Microfinance Investment Program, Mr. Budde serves as Vice Chairman of the board of the International Association of Microfinance Investors (IAMFI), represents TIAA-CREF as a shareholder of ProCredit Holding A.G., and serves on advisory committees for Catalyst Microfinance Investors and Developing World Markets Microfinance Equity Fund I.

Mr. Budde holds an A.B. in Economics from Bowdoin College and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Mr. Budde was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Community Forum on Business and the Economy

Thursday, February 25 at 5:45 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 142

This Community Forum on Business and the Economy will explore the intersection of corporate governance, finance and government crisis management, with insights from two former leaders of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The discussion will include:

Chris Mayer, Senior Vice Dean and Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate
Professor Bruce Kogut, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics
Howard Schweitzer, Former Chief Operating Officer, TARP
James H. Lambright, Former Chief Investment Officer, TARP.

The Green Collar Economy: A discussion with Van Jones, former special advisor on green jobs to President Obama

Monday, February 15 at 6:00–8:15 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

A discussion will be followed by a dinner with students off-campus, which is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics.

Van Jones, an award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy, comes to Columbia Business School to share his vision of a future "green economy." His book The Green Collar Economy was a New York Times bestseller and is considered the definitive book on "green jobs."

From March to September 2009, Van worked as the special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council for Environmental Quality. In that position, he developed policy recommendations to help implement the Obama Administration's commitment to clean energy jobs.

Read more about Van Jones on his website.

This event is only open to the Columbia Business School Community. Registration to attend this event is required and IDs will be checked at the door. Please note that this event is closed to media and comments discussed at the lecture are off the record.

The Honorable Peter G. Peterson Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Thursday, January 21 at 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Mr. Peter G. Peterson, chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, will discuss topics ranging from challenges and opportunities in his industry to his personal career and leadership journey. This event is co-sponsored by the Silfen Leadership Series.

Peter G. Peterson is Founder and Chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation whose mission is to target "undeniable, unsustainable and untouchable" threats to the nation's future and to future generations of Americans. He is Chairman Emeritus and Co-founder of The Blackstone Group, a private investment banking firm. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relation's International Advisory Board.  He is also founding Chairman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (Washington, D.C.) and founding President of The Concord Coalition. Mr. Peterson was the Co-Chair of The Conference Board Commission on Public Trust and Private Enterprise (Co-Chaired by John Snow, formerly Secretary of the Treasury). He was also Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 2000 to 2004.

Prior to founding Blackstone, Mr. Peterson was Chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers (1973-1977) and later Chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers, Kuhn, Loeb Inc.  (1977-1984). He was Chairman and CEO of Bell and Howell Corporation from 1963 to 1971.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon named Mr. Peterson Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs. He was named Secretary of Commerce by President Nixon in 1972.

Born on June 5, 1926, Mr. Peterson graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. (summa cum laude) in 1947. He received his Masters in Business Administration with honors in 1951 from the University of Chicago.

He has been awarded honorary PhD degrees by Colgate University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Northwestern University, New School University, the University of Nebraska, the University of Rochester, and Southampton College of Long Island University.

Mr. Peterson is the author of several books, including Running On Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It; Gray Dawn: How the Coming Age Wave Will Transform America and the World; Will America Grow Up Before It Grows Old?; Facing Up: How to Rescue the Economy from Crushing Debt and Restore the American Dream; and, his recently published memoir, The Education of an American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way from a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street and Beyond.

Mr. Peterson, who resides in New York City, is married to Joan Ganz Cooney, founder and chairman of The Executive Committee of Children's Television Workshop, ("Sesame Street," "Electric Company," and "3-2-1 Contact") and is the father of five children and nine grandchildren.

 

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