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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.


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