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By Anna Smukowski '19, EMBA SLEB Chair
August 27, 2018
I'm excited to serve as the EMBA Chair of the Student Leadership and Ethics Board this coming school year. Through my degree and career, I’m interested in exploring how financial infrastructures can create social change by providing the capital necessary to reduce global, social and environmental inequalities. Outside of the classroom, I develop and structure public-private partnerships for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national nonprofit financial intermediary. This includes managing the delivery of services for LISC’s Pay for Success initiative, a new financing tool that allows governments and the private sector to partner with and fund nonprofit organizations that have preventive and long-term benefits. Prior to this role, I worked as LISC’s Credit Officer where I structured and analyzed community development investments across the United States. I began my career at Deloitte Consulting with a focus in finance, pharmaceuticals and sustainability. I hold a B.S. in Finance and Economics from NYU and was a scholar in the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship.
As EMBA Chair, I’m looking forward to increasing the involvement of the EMBA community in discussions around values-based leadership and ethics along with my fellow board members: Anna Boatwright, Emmett Lamb, Mars Shah and Praveen Aanur. This includes more robust engagement around planning and executing speaker series as well as working with faculty to increase Individual, Business and Society based curriculum in the EMBA core. We look forward to another great school year!
“As EMBA Chair, I'm looking forward to increasing the involvement of the EMBA community in discussions around values-based leadership and ethics along with my fellow board members.”
By Na'ama Yehezkel '19, MBA SLEB Chair
September 3, 2018
As the MBA Chair of the Student Leadership and Ethics Board, I’m thrilled to be working with my friends on the board to promote the focus on ethical leadership practices as they pertain to the various industries and functions that CBS students will be starting at, or returning to, when they graduate.
Last year our board accomplished great things. Through the Montrone Dinner Series, we brought in guest speakers like Luis Miguel Castillo and Peter Lighte to speak about their experiences with corporate governance and leading ethically across different geographies.
In the Fall, we launched the first Leadership and Business Ethics Case Competition, which we are planning to continue as an annual tradition this year. We also partnered with Columbia professors to advance the Individual, Business, and Society Curriculum to further challenge ourselves with what it means to be a decision-maker making a positive impact in the business world of today and the years to come. We celebrated Leadership and Ethics Week in the Spring, with a wide range of lectures, panels, and workshops from fintech to impact investing, artificial intelligence, the food industry, and the future of work, illustrating the wide range of interests that the CBS community shares.
Our board, too, is diverse. We come to CBS from various parts of the world, professional, government and military experiences, and cultural backgrounds. My personal vision for the year is to increase awareness of diversity and inclusion and the key role they play in driving ethical leadership. For the first time this year, we decided to welcome to our board meetings the Student Government’s VPs of Community to further the discussion around these topics and make sure that they echo far and wide within our community.
Finally, we spent the summer months carefully listening to feedback from our fellow students and plan to continue the tradition of exploring challenging topics and inviting inspiring, if sometimes contentious, speakers to join us in our quest to further our learning of ethics and governance in the 21st century. We look forward to a great year ahead!
“I’m thrilled to be working with my friends on the board to promote the focus on ethical leadership practices as they pertain to the various industries and functions.”
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