Student Leadership and Ethics Board

The purpose of the center's Student Leadership and Ethics Board is to foster a culture and safeguard a tradition of principled leadership throughout the Columbia Business School community. The Board fulfills its purpose by developing, implementing and monitoring programs that cultivate leadership, build character, and promote ethical decision making, which, in turn, enable Columbia Business School students to become productive, moral, and caring participants in their companies and communities.

Each year, first- and second-year Columbia MBA and EMBA students are selected based on an interest in these areas, demonstrated leadership skills, and past academic and work experience.

Working with the faculty, staff, alumni, and other students, members of the Leadership and Ethics Board develop, support, organize, and market such center events as high-profile speakers and experiential learning activities. In doing so, Leadership and Ethics Board members have the opportunity to interact closely with distinguished speakers, panelists, and professors and to contribute to the MBA experience. 

Members of the Leadership and Ethics Board also take part in the center's speaker dinners and interact with Bernstein Faculty Leaders.

Board Members for 2017-2018

Anna Aagenes MBA '18

Anna Aagenes is an advocate, writer, speaker, and diversity & inclusion consultant. Most recently, Anna was the Vice president of Program Development & Community relations for You Can Play, a non-profit dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusion in sports. Prior to joining You Can Play, Anna served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for State Representative Brian Sims, who is Pennsylvania's first openly gay candidate elected as a state legislator. Anna also worked for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Adolescent initiative HIV/AIDS clinic. Originally from Bucks County, PA, Anna currently resides in the Bronx, NY.

Nick Briody MBA '18

Nick Briody is a graduate of Georgetown University where he majored in economics and history. Following graduation, Nick moved to New York and began his career in investment banking at Citi. He spent the first two years at Citi in a credit-oriented role before moving to traditional investment banking in his third year. In 2013, nick moved to The Olayan Group, a privately held multinational corporation, and joined their private equity practice. At Olayan, Nick conducted due diligence on and invested in a range of private companies across north and South American. Outside of work, he is an avid traveler and tennis player.


Marjón Dean EMBA '18

Marjón Dean is a global business manager at Microsoft Corporation.  In this role, she is responsible for the business relationship for a global healthcare company leading a worldwide team of software, consulting, and research specialists.  Marjón is dedicated to her clients’ success, passionate about helping organizations sustainably grow, compete on a global scale, and reimagine their business. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Marjón spent 13 years at IBM in sales management and software engineering roles.  Marjón earned a BS in Math with honors from University of Texas at Austin, MS in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, and currently pursuing an EMBA at Columbia University.

Paulina Dougherty MBA '18

Paulina Dougherty is an MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School. She was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Paulina graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Marketing and Management. She has worked at Credit Suisse Banking and at Cementos Progreso, a cement manufacturer in Guatemala.

Griffin Dowdy MBA '18

Griffin Dowdy is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School in the Class of 2018. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in Sociology/Anthropology and Philosophy, he worked in Washington, DC consulting universities on student enrollment, retention, and academic program development. Griffin has formal dance training and has worked as a performer, choreographer, and dance teacher. He is particularly interested in how principled corporate leadership impacts firm performance, staff retention, and the development of surrounding communities.

Arun Kalyanasundaram EMBA '18

Arun Kalyanasundaram is an EMBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Arun is a consultant within contracting and pricing in pharmaceutical industry. Arun after completing his bachelors’ graduation in information technology from Anna university. Arun has over 13 years of experience working in pharmacovigilance, sales & marketing and technology projects in more than five countries. Arun likes running, ice skating and movies. Other than school, Arun is excited to work in machine learning ideas for startups.

Craig Lieb EMBA '18

Craig Lieb is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He earned his pilot wings from Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training and served for 8 years as a special operations intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance pilot amassing over 2500 hours over six combat deployments. Craig earned a BS in Systems Engineering ad was Executive Director of an EdTEch non-profit prior to starting his flying career. He has a Masters in Operations management and is an MBA Candidate At Columbia Business School. Currently, he works in financial service consulting in New York.

Sam Longair MBA '18

Sam Longair is a first year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. After graduating from Oxford University with a Modern History degree, Sam worked for a travel company designing vacations for ethically-minded travelers to Southern and Eastern Africa. For the past six years, Sam has worked in corporate finance in the airline industry based in London, New York, and most recently Mexico City, focused on developing partnerships between airlines. Until recently Sam was on the board of Tourism Concern, a UK charity promoting ethical tourism and he is passionate about exploring how business can positively impact society.

Pramod Prasad MBA '18

Pramod graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India with a degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to CBS, he worked in the strategy group of a large pharmaceutical company based out of India for three years. I have experience working with different functions within the pharmaceutical industry such as clinical development, product development, manufacturing operations, commercialization and finance. Prior to this, he helped grow a startup 3-fold, which was focused on consulting/analytics work for mid-tier corporates and private equity clients. Prior to this, he was in an early stage startup that was working towards creating a better online matchmaking experience in India.

April Qi MBA '18

April is a first-year MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. She spent five years in assurance and financial consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. She advised fortune 100 companies on financial reporting regulations and post-merger integration. Previously, her work focused on ensuring the integrity of capital markets, auditing global financial institutions. She graduated from Marquette University Applied Investment Management Program, with a BS in Finance, Accounting and International Business. She is passionate about increasing financial reporting transparency at multinationals and applying best practices of corporate governance in emerging markets. April enjoys backpacking, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and aerial Yoga, and reading social psychology books.

Kathleen Reaume EMBA '18

Kathleen Reaume is an EMBA candidate at Columbia Business School. She currently serves as the Director of Finance & Strategy at Zocdoc, a NYC-based startup with a mission of improving patient access to healthcare. At Zocdoc, Kathleen leads investor relations and is responsible for driving the company’s growth strategy. Prior to Zocdoc, Kathleen worked in Investment Banking at UBS advising consumer products and retail companies on strategic growth initiatives and capital structure considerations. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance, Strategy) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science) from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Tedesco MBA ’18

Daniel is a Mandarin-speaking Delawarean and MBA student. After college, he lived across China, first as a Fulbright Scholar in Chongqing and later working in internal strategy roles to help CEOs improve international businesses from a variety of industries. Daniel is former president and chair for Global China Connection, where he served 2,000 Chinese and non-Chinese student members to build friendships and mutual trust. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, where he founded the Shanghai chapter and later led the Beijing chapter in driving local social impact projects to improve the state of the world. As someone who has seen firsthand conflicts in business values across cultures and automation that eliminates human jobs, Daniel is deeply interested in emerging issues of leadership and ethics that will define the twenty-first century.

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