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2012 Events

 

Managing Economic Turmoil: Financial Stability and Regulatory Policy at the New York Federal Reserve, a Paul Montrone Seminar Series dinner with Meg McConnell, Senior Vice President, Financial Stability and Regulatory Policy, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University

Through the financial crisis, Ms. McConnell had a key role in promoting stability within the banking sector and the larger financial sector. Some of her important contributions include working with the US Treasury Secretary to stabilize AIG following its downgrade in 2008. Many of the mechanisms used were unprecedented as was the coordination between the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department. The resulting bailout of AIG was a motivating factor in Congress passing the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 which led to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Ms. McConnell will be discussing the motivations and negotiations behind the Federal Reserve’s financial stability efforts as well as the moral hazards that accompany such efforts.

Margaret M. McConnell is a senior vice president and the Director of the Office of Financial Stability and Regulatory Policy (O-FSRP) in the Executive Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The O-FSRP organizes the Bank’s work on financial stability and regulatory policy matters, coordinates the work of the Bank’s FSRP Executive Committee and Planning and Coordination Committee, and serves as a secretariat for internal and external projects, forums and working groups. In addition to serving as the Director of the O-FSPR, Ms. McConnell represents the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) on the BCBS Contingent Capital Working Group, and serves on the System-wide Operating Committee for the LISCC.

Prior to the establishment of the O-FSRP in March 2011, Ms. McConnell served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Executive Office, a role she assumed in July 2007. In that role, Ms. McConnell coordinated policy matters for the Bank President, and worked on a variety of efforts undertaken to stabilize the financial system in the wake of the turmoil that manifested itself in August 2007.
Prior to becoming Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in 2007, Ms. McConnell was an economist in the Macro and Monetary Studies Function in the Bank’s Research and Statistics Group, where she contributed to FOMC-related work and conducted research in the areas of empirical macro economics and labor market dynamics. Ms. McConnell joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as an economist in September 1996.

She holds a B.S. from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in economics from The Ohio State University.

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

 


Diversity and Inclusion For All: Understanding the Intersection of Multiple Characteristics

November 30- December 1, 2012
Co-led by Kathy Phillips, Joan Williams, Susan Sturm, and Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Today, diversity and inclusion efforts are at a crossroads with many programs targeting women only and attracting certain kinds of women, and programs targeting racial groups addressing the concerns of some members, but not others. Policies that look at just race or just gender are bound to fail because they are not designed to address the needs of all members of these groups. The Diversity and Inclusion for All working group came together for the first of three meetings to explore how different aspects of diversity intersect to influence the experience, perceptions of, and involvement of individuals in organizational contexts. The group hopes to develop a new way of understanding how gender and racial bias and behaviors differ by subgroups, and how we can better understand the behavioral dynamics and consequences of intersectionality in the workplace.

 

 

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York

November 28th, 2012, 5:45 – 7:30 pm
Location: Warren Hall

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Bharara has applied renewed focus on large-scale, sophisticated financial frauds by creating two new units – the Complex Frauds Unit and the complementary Civil Frauds Unit. The Civil Frauds Unit has collected close to $500 million in settlements since its inception, including multi-million dollar settlements with Deutsche Bank and CitiMortgage for faulty lending practices and other fraudulent conduct. In addition, the office has convicted scores of insider trading defendants, including Raj Rajaratnam, who was sentenced to 11 years, and Rajat Gupta.


Biography
As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York, which encompasses New York, Bronx, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties.

In addition to prosecuting financial fraud, the Complex Frauds Unit is tasked with addressing the threat of cybercrime and has prosecuted core members of the computer hacking groups, LulzSec and Anonymous. Together with the FBI, the office also recently announced the largest international takedown of defendants allegedly engaged in the theft of personal identification information and other crimes over the Internet.

The office recently secured the guilty plea of Peter Madoff for his role in his brother Bernard’s Ponzi scheme that included an agreement to a 10-year sentence, the statutory maximum. Together with the Madoff trustee, the office also achieved the largest forfeiture in U.S. history – $7.2 billion from the estate of Jeffrey Picower.

Mr. Bharara recently concluded a two-year term as a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and as Chair of its Subcommittee on White Collar Fraud. He is Co-Chair of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Working Group of the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

To read more about Mr. Bharara, please click here.

This event is sponsored by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board

2012 Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics: Barbara Krumsiek, Chair, President and CEO of Calvert Investments

Monday, November 26, 2012, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Lehman Lounge, Uris Hall
Watch the Botwinick Prize video.
See Ms. Krumsiek in the School's "Engaging Leaders" series.

Chosen as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2011 and 2009, Ms. Krumsiek's career in the investment business spans over three decades. Prior to becoming Calvert's President and CEO in 1997, she served as Managing Director at Alliance Capital Management L.P. in New York City, and was responsible for $17 billion in the mutual fund and variable insurance product lines.

Speaker Bio: 
Calvert Investments is an investment management company that manages over $12 billion in assets, and is a pioneer in combining research analysis of a company’s fundamental financial performance with its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.

During her tenure, Ms. Krumsiek has established Calvert as a globally recognized leader in the field of sustainable and responsible investing. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme - Finance Initiative, a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme and 200 financial institutions around the globe mandated to develop and promote the links between sustainability and financial performance. As head of Calvert, she has successfully advocated on issues relating to the advancement of women in business. Under her leadership, the Calvert Women's Principles were created in 2004, marking the first global code of corporate conduct focusing exclusively on empowering, advancing, and investing in women worldwide.

Ms. Krumsiek currently serves on several private and nonprofit boards. She is a board member of Pepco Holdings, Inc., Chair of the Board of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, a Trustee of the Federal City Council, and on the Board of the Girl Scouts USA. She is a former Chair of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. She graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University where she received a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She received a master's degree in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. Ms. Krumsiek, a native New Yorker, resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Bart Leonard. 

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.

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

 

Innovations in Consumer Finance with Nachiket Mor and Bindu Ananth

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Warren Hall Room 207

Introduction by Professor Gita Johar, Senior Vice Dean, Columbia Business School 

Financial services are unlike physical products in their potential for customization and malleability. Inter-temporal consumption smoothing can be provided either through savings or loans, with or without collateral. This malleable feature of financial services is what makes them so important for enabling people, particularly those who are low income, to be financially included in formalsystems. For example, a loan can involve weekly repayment or bullet repayment — a loan when combined with rainfall insurance can allow for skipping a payment when the monsoon fails; a remittance inflow can be swept instantaneously as an account balance into money market mutual fund. In order to live up to the standards of a well-functioning complete financial market, providers will need to think about ways to deliver financial propositions that are customized to individual households by responding to their unique circumstances rather than standardized selling formats. This will entail the presence of proximate, well-trained providers that intermediate between households and large “product manufacturers.” These providers would need to use expertise in financial advice or wealth management to develop integrated financial propositions that are suitable for their clients. We will share some recent developments from theIndian financial system in this regard. Both speakers and their organizations partner with academics on testing theory-based interventions.
 
About the Speakers
Nachiket Mor is a Yale World Fellow; has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialization in Finance from the Wharton School; an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the Mumbai University.  He worked with ICICI from 1987 to 2007 and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007.  From 2007 to 2011, he served as the founding President of ICICI Foundation.  He is now the Chairman of CARE India and a Board Member of the IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health. 
 
Bindu Ananth has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Madras University and master’s degrees from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School.  She is currently the President of IFMR Trust (www.ifmr.co.in). Prior to this, she worked with ICICI Bank in the microfinance practice between 2001 and 2005 and was head of the new product development group within the bank’s rural finance business in 2007. She is also the founder of the Centre for Micro Finance, IFMR where she worked briefly. She has published in the Small Enterprise Development Journal, the Economic and Political Weekly, the OECD working paper series and the IFMR working paper series.
 
 
Organized by the Office of the Dean, the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership & Ethics, and the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?

Friday, September 7, 2012, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Miller Theater

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

This interactive discussion explores the value of financial markets, the interaction between government and innovation, and what role markets should play in society. Panelists include:

David Abrams, Managing Member, Abrams Capital
Caroline Baum, Columnist, Bloomberg
Ed Conard, former Managing Director, Bain Capital
Wilson Ervin, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Credit Suisse
Representative Barney Frank, US Congress and former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee
Gary Gensler, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor of New York City
Alicia Glen, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, and adjunct professor, Columbia Business School
Bruce Greenwald, Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Finance and Asset Management, Columbia Business School
Blythe Masters, Head of Global Commodities, JPMorgan
Robert Solow, Economist and Nobel Prize winner
Andrew Ross Sorkin, Co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk Box, and Financial columnist for The New York Times
Peter Stringham, CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands
Moderated by Professor Robert Jackson of Columbia Law School, the recipient of the 2012 Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Dinner Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Feinberg, Former Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation

About the Socratic Dialogue Method: The unique Fred Friendly Socratic Dialogue format, devised by the late president of CBS television news and producer for Edward R. Murrow, uses hypothetical scenarios and role-playing to explore how decisions are made and what their impact will be on a variety of constituents. The moderator guides the panel through a scenario that, as it unfolds, reveals the dilemmas, the choices and the decision-making processes confronting all sides in concrete situations.

To watch “Anatomy of a Hostile Takeover”, the 1987 video featuring industry leaders such as T. Boone Pickens; chief executives from James Bere (Borg-Warner), Robert Mercer (Goodyear), and Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway); Sir James Goldsmith; Rudy Giuliani (former US Attorney, Southern District of NY); Frederick Joseph (Drexel Burnham Lambert); John Gutfreund (Salomon Brothers) and others, that inspired this event please click the VOD link here.

 

The Role of the Business School in an Evolving Business Environment

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 T 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Room 209, Warren Hall

Moderator
Professor Amir Ziv, Vice Dean and Samberg Faculty Director
 

The financial crisis and subsequent economic instability has resulted in a very different global business environment than existed ten years ago. Following the crisis, CEOs surveyed overwhelmingly identified the skill they use most as “managing change.” However, other skills, including quantitative analysis, remain essential to business leaders, and business schools are faced with the challenge of bridging the gap and preparing successful business leaders for a rapidly changing business environment.
 
On Wednesday, April 18th, Dean Amir Ziv will moderate a discussion examining whether business schools are achieving the right balance of developing quantitative skills and fostering leadership and ethical decision making. Join us as we hear perspectives representing the Columbia Business School recruiter, alumni, and student communities. The discussion will be followed by Q&A with the audience.
 
Speakers include
Columbia Business School Recruiter
Amanda Magliaro ’02, Managing Director, Investment Grade/ABS Syndicate at Citi
Mark Jacobs ’08, Senior Manager, Global Sales Strategy at Avon, Inc.
Braxton Bragg, incoming GBA President
Alia Smith, incoming GBA VP of Academics

This event is organized by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

Can financial innovation serve the underbanked?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 207

Today, millions of Americans lack access to basic banking services and credit. Nine million US households do not have a bank account and are forced to rely on check cashing services, payday lending, and other expensive alternate forms of banking and access to capital. The Student Leadership and Ethics Board will host a panel to discuss how financial innovation can serve these underbanked populations. Professor Stephan Meier will lead a discussion with members of the corporate, government, and startup communities.

The discussion will explore recent innovations across sectors to serve underbanked populations, such as check cashing caps and alternative banking startups, and analyze persistent banking gaps and potential solutions.

This event is organized by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

Short Selling Financial Fraud

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Columbia University

Jim Chanos, founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates LP, will speak about short selling financial fraud at a small dinner with students. Discussion will be moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut.

Jim Chanos is the founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates LP, the world's largest exclusive short selling investment firm. Mr. Chanos opened Kynikos Associates LP in 1985 to implement investment strategies he had uncovered while beginning his Wall Street career as a financial analyst with Paine Webber, Gilford Securities, and Deutsche Bank. Throughout his investment career, Mr. Chanos has identified and sold short the shares of numerous well-known corporate financial disasters; among them, Baldwin-United, Commodore International, Coleco, Integrated Resources, Boston Chicken, Sunbeam, Conseco, and Tyco International. His celebrated short-sale of Enron shares was dubbed by Barronâ??s as "the market call of the decade, if not the past fifty years." The media has noted his prescience in alerting finance ministers and others about the global financial crisis well before if occurred. His views on the lessons from the crisis, capital markets regulation, and investment strategies, among other topics, are regularly covered by news organizations worldwide.

Mr. Chanos is chairman of the Coalition of Private Investment Companies, whose members are diverse in their size and investment strategies. The members' clients include pension funds, asset managers, foundation, other institutional investors, and qualified wealthy individuals. In that role, Mr. Chanos has testified before Congress and provided comments to regulations proposed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Services Authority in the United Kingdom.

At the Yale University School of Management, Mr. Chanos is a Visiting Lecturer in Finance, teaching a class on the history of financial fraud.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mr. Chanos lives in New York City, and has four children. He is President of the Board of Trustees of The Browning School, and serves as a Trustee at The Nightingale-Bamford School and The New-York Historical Society. Mr. Chanos received his BA in economics and political science in 1980 from Yale University.

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

 

Student Debate on ethics, capitalism, and the subprime crisis

Tuesday, April 3, at 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Feldberg Space, Warren Hall

Professors David Beim and Jerry Kim will lead the teams in the debate.

  • What are the ethical implications of the subprime credit crisis?
  • What role did banks and hedge funds have in propagating the crisis?
  • Has the government sufficiently contributed to resolving the sub-prime lending crisis?

  • To shape the debate, we want your thoughts on the causes and effects of the subprime credit crisis. How can we do better in the future?
     
    We will explore these issues and the role of the government in the crisis during this first installment of our Leadership and Ethics Month events. Two teams of students will be paired with Professors David Beim and Jerry Kim to debate these topics. The winner of the debate will be decided by the students in attendance and will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

 

This event is organized the Student Leadership and Ethics Board.
 

The Silfen Leadership Series Presents Sallie Krawcheck ’92

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This event is part of the Silfen Leadership Series.

Can faith in finance be restored?

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:35 a.m. – 12:25 p.m

Larry Zicklin, Clinical Professor of Business Ethics at Stern School at NYU, will discuss ethics and the future Wall Street following Greg Smith's critical article about life at Goldman Sachs. Moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut, Columbia Business School. Registration is required.

Biography
Larry Zicklin is a Clinical Professor of Business Ethics at Stern School at NYU and teaches in both the MBA and Trium programs. He is also a senior lecturer in Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of Business and a member of the Duke Corporate Research Learning Network.

Larry spent 24 years as Managing Partner at Neuberger Berman before he retired in 1999. He then became Non-Executive Chairman where he remained until 2003.

Larry Zicklin's teaching reflects the belief that good ethics are good business in the long run and he teaches his classes with the idea of helping students prosper in their careers while avoiding the mistakes that are so frequently in the headlines.

Outside his academic life, Professor Zicklin is Chairman of the Audit Committee of Neuberger Berman, He is also a past President and former Chairman of UJA/Federation of New York and is the current Chairman of the Baruch College Fund. Larry is currently a director at BZL Biologics (a research company studying antibody based therapeutics) and is Chairman of the Rand Center for Corporate Ethics, Law and Governance.

A Conversation with Ursula Burns

Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Ursula Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox, will share the lessons she has learned on her path to leadership in a Fortune 500 company. Discussion moderated by Professor Modupe Akinola.

This event is co-sponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board, the Black Business Students Association, Columbia Women in Business, and the General Management Association.

The Fall of MF Global: Inside America's Eighth Largest Bankruptcy

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge

James Koutoulas, founder and CEO of Typhon Capital Management and co-founder of the Commodities Customer Coalition, has been called "The boy wonder of the MF Global nightmare," by Fortune Magazine. Representing more than 8,000 former MF Global clients, Mr. Koutoulas will share his first-hand account of the bankruptcy case and opine on what happened just before the firm failed. Discussion moderated by Professor Michael Keehner.

Biography
James Koutoulas is co-founder of the Commodity Customer Coalition (CCC), which is fighting for the quick return of customer funds currently frozen, missing, or stolen as a result of the MF Global bankruptcy, the 8th largest bankruptcy in US history. Following James' testimony in Congress in December, the CCC won the return of 72 percent of client funds. The bankruptcy case has raised questions about leadership and governance issues at MF Global, not least of which is why customer funds in segregated accounts were comingled with firm assets. The firm's CEO John Corzine continues to deny culpability. JP Morgan appears to have several conflicts of interest. The results of the bankruptcy case will have implications for the broader financial services industry including regulators, customers, and management teams.

James has been interviewed on CNBC and Bloomberg as well as written about in The New York Times, Fortune, Business Insider, Forbes, Crain's, and The New York Post. James is one of Futures Mag's Top 25 People and Events of 2011.

James is also founder and CEO of Typhon Capital Management, a NFA-registered Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator. Typhon manages several CTA strategies, each isolated to a single asset class so that investors may select specific niche exposures that best suit their portfolios. James earned his law degree from Northwestern Law where he specialized in securities law. He also has a degree in Finance from the University of Florida, where he was a National Merit Scholar and AP National Scholar.

This event is organized by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

Our Black Year: A Tale of Buying Black in America's Racially Divided Economy

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall, Room 301

Maggie Anderson, CEO and cofounder of The Empowerment Experiment Foundation, discussed her book, Our Black Year, a chronicle of her family's yearlong experience of buying exclusively from black-owned businesses.

Biography
As CEO and cofounder of The Empowerment Experiment Foundation, Maggie Anderson has become the leader of a self-help economics movement that supports quality black businesses and urges consumers, especially other middle and upper class African Americans, to proactively and publicly support them. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS Morning News, among many other national television and radio shows. She received her BA from Emory University and her JD and MBA from the University of Chicago. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with her husband, John, and their two daughters.

This event is co-sponsored by the Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board and the Black Business Students Association.

Research Symposium: Business and Politics: Which Drives Which?

Friday, February 24, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Italian Academy, Columbia University

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KPMG Peat Marwick / Stanley R. Klion Forum with Sir Ronald Cohen

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. discussion,
7:15 – 8:00 p.m. reception
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

Sir Ronald Cohen — who has been described as both "the father of British venture capital" and "the father of social investment" — will speak about his leadership experience during his more than 40-year career in venture capital and impact investing. Moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut, director of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Biography
Sir Ronald Cohen is chairman of The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures, which invests in social entrepreneurial ventures. He is a director of Social Finance UK and Social Finance USA and chaired the SocialInvestment Task Force (2000 – 2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005 – 2007). He is currently advising the UK Government on the establishment of The Big Society Bank.

He is a co-founder and chairman of Apax Partners. Founded in 1972, Apax Partners is now one of the world's leading private equity investment groups. He was also a founder, director, and chairman of the British Venture Capital Association as well as founder and director of the European Venture Capital Association and founder and former vice chairman of EASDAQ and former director of NASDAQ Europe.

Sir Ronald Cohen is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was president of the Oxford Union, and is an Honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. A graduate from Harvard Business School, he is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and the Board of Dean's Advisers at Harvard Business School, a vice chairman of Ben Gurion University and a member of the University of Oxford Investment Committee. He is also a Trustee of the British Museum.

In 2007, Sir Ronald published The Second Bounce of the Ball — Turning Risk into Opportunity.

This event is part of the KPMG Peat Marwick / Stanley R. Klion Forum.

Strategic Leadership and Transformational Change: Insights from General George Casey, The 36th Chief of Staff of the US Army

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

General George Casey, US Army, Retired, will share insights into strategic leadership from his more than 40 years of experience in the US Army. Discussion will be moderated by Professor Todd Jick. A Q&A session will follow his presentation. Light refreshments will be served following the event.

Biography
General George W. Casey, Jr. is one of the most accomplished soldiers in US history and an authority on strategic leadership.

As the 36th Chief of Staff of the US Army from April 2007 to 2011, General Casey led what is arguably the world's largest and most complex organization — 1.1 million people strong, with a $200+ billion annual budget — during one of the most extraordinary periods in military and global political history. He is widely credited with restoring balance to the war-weary US Army, modernizing and leading the transformation necessary to defend our nation in the 21st Century, and ensuring the current force deployed in the war on terror was the best this country has ever fielded.

Prior to this, from July 2004 to February 2007, he commanded the Multi-National Force — Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries. General Casey guided the Iraq mission through its toughest days. He led cultural change in the US Armed Forces and built the Iraqi security institutions to set the conditions for our long-term success. On the homefront, General Casey has been a stalwart advocate for military families, expanding programs for the wounded, addressing the tough issues of substance abuse and suicide, reducing the stigma of combat stress and trauma, and providing long term support for survivors of the fallen.

He was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1970. Throughout his career, he served in operational assignments in Germany, Italy, Egypt, Bosnia, Iraq, and the United States. He has extensive command experience.

General Casey holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Denver University and has served as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States.

He is committed to ensuring the contributions of the men and women of our Armed Forces are not forgotten. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ride2Recovery, an organization that uses cycling as a means of assisting the recovery of our wounded servicemen and women; a member of the Board of Directors of ThanksUSA, a organization that provides scholarships to the children and spouses of our servicemen and women; and he is the Chairman of the Military Advisory Board of Viridis Learning, an educational software company that is working to increase employment opportunities for our Veterans.

This event is presented by the Military in Business Association and the Student Leadership and Ethics Board.

Lessons on Ethical Leadership in Business: Marilyn Fedak, Vice Chair Emeritus for Investment Services at AllianceBernstein

Monday, February 6, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Uris Hall Room 331

The lecture will be followed by a Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series dinner event, hosted by Student Leadership & Ethics Board.

Ms. Fedak will discuss important lessons on ethical leadership that she has learned throughout her exemplary career. She will also share her thoughts on Mr. Bernstein, the values he put in place when he founded his investment management firm, and how those values are carried through today.

Marilyn Fedak is the vice chair emeritus for Investment Services at AllianceBernstein. Although she retired from the firm in December 2010, she is the chairman of the board for AllianceBernstein's Alternative Investment Strategy and a member of the board of the firm's UK subsidiary.

A 39-year veteran of the investment business, Ms. Fedak joined Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. (a predecessor company of AllianceBernstein), in 1984 as a senior portfolio manager. She was Chief Investment Officer for US Large-Cap Value Equities from 1993 to 2009. In 2003, she also became the business head of Bernstein Global Value Equities. In early 2009, she was named Vice Chair of Investment Services.

In addition to her investment responsibilities, Ms. Fedak created and headed the firm's Talent Development Team and was President of the Sanford C. Bernstein Mutual Funds. She was a partner at AllianceBernstein and served on Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.'s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Bernstein, Ms. Fedak was a portfolio manager and research analyst at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company from 1972 to 1983. She earned a BA from Smith College and an MBA from Harvard University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

On the philanthropic front, Ms. Fedak is the founder of the Marilyn G. Fedak Capitalism Project that, in conjunction with the Center for the American University, is working to get colleges, universities, law schools and business schools to expose their students to the moral & philosophical underpinnings of capitalism. Ms. Fedak is also on the board of Commentary magazine, a member of the National Council of the American Enterprise Institute, a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and a member of the Dean's Council of the Weil Cornell Medical College.

This event is hosted by the Student Leadership and Ethics Board, Investment Management Club, and Columbia Women in Business Association.

 

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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