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Related Student Initiatives

Larry Fink, CEO, Blackrock, speaks as part of the Silfen Leadership Series.

Columbia MBA students build on the School’s offerings in leadership and ethics with their own initiatives as well as those developed under the auspices of the center, such as the Leadership and Ethics Board and Speakers Series.

Several prominent, student-led programs that have been popular for years exemplify students’ long-standing commitment to integrating ethics into their education. These include:

David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Series

The student-organized Silfen Leadership Series brings prominent business leaders to campus throughout the academic year for candid discussions of their own choices and thoughts on leadership.

Honor Board

The student-run Honor Board focuses on ethical issues relevant to student conduct on campus. The board represents student interests in discussions with the faculty and administration on ethics issues and assists in upholding the student Honor Code.

Social Enterprise Club

The Social Enterprise Club helps students pursue business ventures — whether private or public — that seek social benefits as a primary goal. Initiatives include an annual conference, panel discussions, mentoring services and networking events and the Club also provides access to career resources. The Club is a chapter of Net Impact, a national network of business leaders committed to using the power of business to create a better world.

The International Development Club

The International Development Club (IDC) aims to explore and create opportunities for the development of emerging economies. It fulfills this misson by: offering education about the field for the community; facilitating experience in the field for interested members; providing career services for members seeking employment in or related to the field; and fostering a network of students, alumni and professionals with common interests. IDC was formerly known as Managers for International Development Initiatives (MIDI).

Military in Business Association

The Military in Business Association aims to serve the needs of the student body by bringing to campus speakers from various industries to discuss ways in which military experience did and did not prepare him or her for a career in business.


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.


Program Brochure

View the Bernstein Center brochure, Ethical Challenges in Business