The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics


Montrone Seminar with Neuroscientist and Tech Entrepreneur, Dr. Vivienne Ming. 

Spring 2017 Montrone Seminars: 

February 15: Dr. Vivienne Ming,  Neuroscientist, Tech Entrepreneur, Founder of Socos (photos

March 22: Dioniso Gutierrez Mayorga, Guatemalan Businessman & Social Development Expert (photos)

March 28: Doug Haynes, President, Point 72 Asset Management  

March 30: Nicholas Panos '08, Senior Special Counsel, SEC's Division of Corporation Finance and Katherine Reilly, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern Distrcit of New York 

April 11:  Robert Musslewhite, Chairman and CEO, The Advisory Board

April 12: Francesco Vanni D'Archirafi '83, CEO, Citi Holdings 

April 17: Andy Sieg, Head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America

April 18: Roy Vagelos '54Ps '83PS, Chairman, Regeneron, Fmr Chairman & CEO, Merck & Co. Inc. 

About the Seminar Series

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics is an intimate series of roundtables which focus on real-life ethical issues 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, which students do not always have in a lecture. While everyone carries values from their upbringing, these values are often latent, not examined or discussed. These roundtables provide a forum for bringing assumed values into the open, where they can be challenged and honed.

The roundtables create a special environment — one in which students can safely discuss dilemmas of choice they may have already faced or fear facing in the future. These small sessions engage students and allow them to ask questions in a more intimate setting, increasing the comfort with which students think about, discuss and practice ethics, making it second nature, thus preparing them to become responsible leaders.

Topics examined and debated range from how individual behavior can affect entire companies and in turn affect shareholders and the public to how small decisions can be particularly impactful — echoing the School’s underlying philosophy as it relates to ethics that “the little things do matter,” particularly in day-to-day business decisions. The core values of corporate culture — an emphasis on speed, authority and an orientation to maximize financial results — can sometimes lead to imperfect systems, particularly with respect to ethics. Best practices in business are not always ethical practices, and there is often little time or opportunity to think, to challenge or to reflect on day-to-day actions.

The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics is a critical part of the MBA experience, and provides a forum for a slow-motion approach to breaking down fast-paced decisions. Discussions with corporate leaders expose students to business leaders making real ethical decisions, giving them the chance to engage more directly in dilemmas of choice. This Seminar Series not only allows students to benefit from the experiences of established leaders, but from each other’s experiences, as well. The Series emphasizes that ethics is not a compartmentalized issue only relevant to those making major decisions and inspired from the top down, but must be practiced on all levels. This format encourages a free exchange of ideas, enabling students to learn to identify the theoretical and practical issues of recognizing and responding to ethical dilemmas, and allowing them to find the link between good ethics and good business.

Past Speakers Include:

Maryam Banikarim '93
Global Chief Marketing Officer
Hyatt Hotels

 

Lewis E Sanders
Founder, CEO, Co-CIO
Sanders Capital LLC

 

John Podesta
Chair, Fmr President, Center for American Progress
Fmr Chairman, 2016 Hilary Clinton Presidential Campaign

 

Peter Stringham
Fmr Chairman, CEO
Young & Rubicam Brands

 

Van Jones
President, Dream Corps
Contributor, CNN

 

Majora Carter
Founder, Sustainable South Bronx
President, Majora Carter Group LLC

Elizabeth Kalodner '84
Executive VP, GM
CBS Consumer Products

 

Arnold Chavkin '77
Managing Director
Pine Brook Road Partners LLC

 

Carlos Joly
Fellow, Cambridge Institue for Sustainability Leadership
Cofounder, Chair, UNEP Finance Initiative

 

Miguel Schloss '68
President, CEO
Surinvest

 

Patrizia Carlevaro
Managing Director
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.

 

Robert Rubin
Fmr Secretary
US Department of the Treasury

Full listing of past speakers →