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Bernstein: Speaker Series
The Individual, Business and Society (IBS) curriculum emphasizes dilemmas of choice, as well as the connections between decision makers and the consequences of their choices. Complementing material covered during orientation and in core courses, IBS sessions are held outside of class and bring faculty members, guest lecturers and speakers to explore topics related to leadership and ethics.
Past speakers include: Paul Atkins and Harvey Goldschmid, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioners; Sallie Krawcheck, CFO and head of strategy at Citigroup, Inc.; Dr. Roy Vagelos, former CEO of Merck; and Lord Ronald Oxburgh, former chairman of Shell Transport and Trading Company, P.L.C.
The KPMG Peat Marwick / Stanley R. Klion Forum is a cornerstone of the School’s ongoing efforts to encourage greater awareness of the ethical dilemmas faced by today’s leading corporations. Topics have focused on a wide range of issues and industries from cloning to mergers and acquisitions.
Past speakers include: Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve; Richard Juelis, CFO of Cellegy Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Jack Welch, former chairman of GE.
The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics provides an important venue for a small group of students to engage in 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 they may already have faced or anticipate facing in the future; in turn, business leaders can advise students on such issues as how individual behavior can affect entire companies, shareholders and the public.
Past speakers include: Arnold Chavkin ’77, CIO of JP Morgan Partners, and Susan Frieden ’71, head partner of Ernst & Young’s new Quality and Risk Management initiative for the Americas.
The Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics and Ethical Practice in the Professions recognizes outstanding leaders who exhibit the highest standard of ethical conduct in business. The awardee inaugurates each school year with a lecture to students.
Past speakers include: Sir John Browne, group chief executive of BP; William McDonough, founding principal of William McDonough + Partners; and Howard Schultz, chairman and chief global strategist of Starbucks Coffee Company.
Research Insights on Leadership and Ethics
Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics
"Banks in India...the accounts are not well used...This may be because they have to walk the 3km to the bank; or it may be due to other obstacles, such as procrastination.”
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Jack R. Anderson Professor of Business
"The industry has developed general principles on which portfolio risk should be decomposed but actually determining the risk contributions can be difficult in complex portfolios.”
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Senior Vice Dean and Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics
"Those in a homogeneous group put much less effort into the task at hand in part because they were more interested in avoiding conflict. Diverse environments allowed people to focus on the task instead of their social relationship."
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Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics
"If a firm already has one woman in a top management position, then the odds that another woman will also have a top position is lower. It’s as if women are over-distributed among firms, or spread out more evenly than chance alone would dictate.”
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