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The Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics
Montrone dinner with Ratan Tata
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.
Joshua Klein, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of The Tata Group
Kaihan Krippendorff '99, strategist, speaker, consultant and author
Alex Robertson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tiger Management, LLC.
Maria L. Chrin '89, Founder and Managing Partner of Circle Wealth Management, LLC (CWM),
Barbara S. Miller, Partner in Management Solutions for Nonprofit Organizations,
Peter Cohen '69, Chairman and CEO of Cowen Group
Paul Volcker, Professor Emeritus of International Economic Policy at Princeton University
Clover Bergmann '78, Managing Director, Golden Seeds
Paul Johnson, Managing Member, Nicusa Capital and Adjunct Professor, Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing
Ellen Zimiles, Managing Director and Head of Global Investigations and Compliance, Navigant Consulting’s Disputes and Investigations Practice
Meg McConnell, Senior Vice President, Financial Stability and Regulatory Policy, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Jim Chanos, Founder and Managing Partner, Kynikos Associates LP
Marilyn Fedak, Vice Chair Emeritus for Investment Services at AllianceBernstein
Whitney Tilson, Founding and Managing Partner, T2 Partners LLC and the Tilson Mutual Funds
John Kamm, Founder and Executive Director, Dui Hua Foundation
Jeffrey Lehman, Independent Director & Chair-Nominations Committee, Infosys
Lieutenant General Richard Y. Newton III, assistant vice chief of staff and director of Air Staff for the US Air Force
Antanas Mockus, Colombian 2010 Presidential Candidate, Former mayor of Bogota City, and Co-Founder of Colombian Green Party
Peter Lowy, Group Managing Director of the Westfield Group
John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress
Richard M. Sternhell ’69, former Managing Principal of Towers Watson
Charles H. Green, Founder and CEO of Trusted Advisor Associates
Peter Stringham, CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands
Sebastian Fries, Director of Strategic Planning at Pfizer
James Gamble JD/MBA ’94, Litigation Partner at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett LLP
Secretary Robert Rubin, Former Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary John W. Snow, Former Secretary of the Treasury
Scott Budde, Managing Director of the Global Social and Community Investment Group and Founder of the Global Microfinance Investment Program at TIAA-CREF
Van Jones, Former Special Advisor on Green Jobs to President Obama
O. Griffith Sexton, Board Member at Morgan Stanley and Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School
Lewis B. Kaden, Vice Chairman of Citigroup Inc.
Elizabeth Kalodner '84, Executive Vice President and General Manager for CBS Consumer Products
Jeff Barker, current New York Market President for Bank of America
Robert Downey, Former Senior Director of Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Marc Mayer '83, CEO of GMO LLC
Jeannette Gorgas, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank's Global Markets
Enrique Goni Beltran de Garizurieta, CEO of Caja Navarra
Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at Brookings
John Bodt, Head of Project Finance at Bluewater Wind
Todd Stitzer, CEO of Cadbury
Majora Carter, Founder of Sustainable South Bronx and President of the Majora Carter Group, LLC
Carter Bales, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and the Wicks Group
Burt Staniar, Chairman of Knoll, Inc.
Sarah Nash, former Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan
Richard Perl '79, CEO of Chocolat Michel Cluizel.
Patrizia Carlevaro, Head of the International Aid Unit at Eli Lilly
Ronald Freeman, Member of the Investment Committee for the Doughty Hanson & Company European Property Fund
Carlos Joly, Former Chair of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Asset Mgmt Working Group and the Climate Working Group
Adam Quinton, Managing Director at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Eric Eve, Senior Vice President of Community Relations, Citigroup Global Consumer Group
Kurt Hoffman, Director of the Shell Foundation
Susan Frieden ’71, Head Partner of Ernst & Young’s new Quality and Risk Management initiative for the Americas
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