2011 Events

Occupy Wall Street: The Next Human Rights Movement?

Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Italian Academy's Teatro, Columbia University (1161, Amsterdam Ave. between 116th and 118th Streets)

What right do people have to claim against social and economic inequality? Is inequality unjust? Who can be held accountable? Join us for a debate between protesters and Columbia faculty members from the economics, business, human rights, and political science worlds.

Panelists include:
Columbia faculty members: Elazar Barkan, Bruce Kogut, Peter Rosenblum, Jeffrey Sachs, and Dorian Warren.
#OWSers: Yesenia Barragan and Alicia White

Moderated by Professor Anya Schiffrin.

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School.

Things You Might Not Know About Diversity in the Workplace: The View from Individuals, Teams, Networks, and Organizations

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: UBS, 14th Floor, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

Join local alumni for an evening discussion about diversity in the workplace and listen to research findings from Katherine W. Phillips, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics, and Damon J. Phillips, James P. Gorman Professor of Business Strategy, Columbia Business School.

Sponsored by UBS Securities.

Business Interests, the Public Good, and Political Decision-Making: Floyd Abrams

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: Uris Hall, Columbia Business School

Mr. Floyd Abrams will speak in the first of an ISERP and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center seminar series on Politics and Business. Mr. Abrams played a key role in the landmark decision by the Supreme Court in the Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission, arguing before the court on behalf of the non-profit organization Citizens United that had funded a film and advertisements critical of Senator Hillary Clinton. This decision held effectively that corporations and unions were protected under the First Amendment and the government could not prohibit political broadcasts when funded by either type of organization. The 5–4 decision reversed the decisions of the lower courts and struck down certain provisions in the Mc-Cain-Feingold Act of 2002. The case pitted two objectives against each other: the potential injury to the political process if powerful interests could finance political advertisements versus the protection offered by the First Amendment for the freedom of speech, extending these rights to corporations and unions.

Sponsored by ISERP and the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Leadership Across Sectors: A Montrone Dinner with Whitney Tilson, Founding and Managing Partner, T2 Partners LLC and the Tilson Mutual Funds

Monday, November 21, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University

Mr. Tilson will discuss how a successful value investor came to be a key player in the movement to reform education locally, nationally, and even internationally.

Whitney Tilson is the founder and Managing Partner of T2 Partners LLC and the Tilson Mutual Funds, which manage a number of value-oriented hedge funds and mutual funds. Prior to launching his investment career in 1999, Mr. Tilson spent five years working with Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter studying the competitiveness of inner cities and inner-city-based companies nationwide. He and Professor Porter founded the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, of which Mr. Tilson was Executive Director. Mr. Tilson also led the effort to create ICV Partners, a national for-profit private equity fund focused on minority-owned and inner-city businesses that has raised nearly $500 million.

Mr. Tilson is involved with a number of charities focused on education reform and Africa. Regarding the former, he: was among the first people to join Wendy Kopp in launching Teach For America; is one of the founders of Democrats for Education Reform, which aims to move the Democratic Party to embrace genuine school reform; has been on the board for the past decade of the KIPP Academy charter school in the South Bronx, part of a national network of college preparatory public charter schools in low-income communities; and co-founded the Rewarding Achievement (REACH) program, an innovative pay-for-performance initiative that aims to improve the college readiness of low-income students by giving monetary awards for passing Advanced Placement exams.

Regarding Africa, Mr. Tilson: is on the board of the Fistula Foundation, which supports hospitals in Ethiopia and worldwide; and is Vice Chairman of the Thorn Tree Project and the Samburu Scholarship Fund, which provide educational opportunities for nomadic children in northern Kenya.

Company visit to Camp Dresser & McKee (CDM) — an award-winning global engineering consulting firm

Friday, November 18, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 14 Wall Street, Suite 1702

Come discover how a company creates an entire business model from environmental sustainability.


  • Sustainability as a Business Model — Tom Pedersen, Senior Vice President and Director of Sustainability
  • Cities of the Future — Geoffrey Baldwin, Principal
  • Alternative Energy and Market Opportunities — William Gettings, Principal
  • Pricing and Arbitrage Opportunities in the Green Energy Market — Representative from Mercuria Energy Group
  • Environmental Management and Corporate Social Responsibility — Lina Azuero, Management Consultant
  • Integrated R&D Planning in Environmental Management — Dave Spector, Managing Director

Organized by the Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership and Ethics Board .


Business and Human Rights in China: A Montrone Seminar with John Kamm, Founder and Executive Director, Dui Hua Foundation

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Low Library, Columbia University

Professor Michael Morris will be moderating a fascinating discussion with John Kamm, an American businessman who was formerly the head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Mr. Kamm was instrumental in working with the Chinese government to free hundred of political prisoners while advancing China's trading interest in the U.S. How was he able to persuade and influence his contacts in China on repeated occasions and achieve such successful outcomes? Also joining the discussion will be one of the business executives he assisted.

John Kamm was the Hong Kong representative of the National Council for US-China Trade from 1976 to 1981. He was president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong in 1990 and has served as a director of the National Committee on US-China Relations. Since 1990, when he began his advocacy work on behalf of prisoners, Kamm has made more than 100 trips to Beijing and other parts of China in an effort to engage the Chinese government in a dialogue on human rights. For his work in the area of corporate responsibility, Kamm was awarded the Best Global Practices Award by former President Bill Clinton in June 1997. He was also granted the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award by President George W. Bush in December 2001 and a MacArthur Fellowship in September 2004. Kamm is the founder of the Dui Hua Foundation, a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to advancing human rights in China through frequent intervention on behalf of prisoners.

2011 Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics: Mikael Ohlsson, CEO of the IKEA Group

Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Uris Hall, Columbia Business School

Mikael Ohlsson , President and CEO for the IKEA Group, since September 2009. Mikael Ohlsson started his career in the carpet department at the IKEA store in Linkoping, Sweden and has been with IKEA for 30 years. He has a solid retailing knowledge and is known for his strong implementation skills, as well as his commitment to IKEA and the IKEA culture and values. In his first year as President and CEO he has started the implementation of the new long term direction for the IKEA Group. Being more relevant for the many people with small wallets is a key driver for change. Making more from less and not wasting resources is a natural part in IKEA's way of doing business, driven by the aim to offer lower prices to IKEA customers. Lower prices, but not at any price. Mikael has set the target to show that it is possible to combine good business with a sustainable way of utilizing resources, with a strong respect for people and our planet.

The Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics recognizes outstanding leaders who exhibit the highest standard of ethical conduct in business.

John F. Lehman, Jr.: Military courage — Business Leadership

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Italian Academy, Columbia University

Mr. Lehman has served at the nexus of military and business: he has been an officer in the US Navy, worked as investment banker, served as Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration, and worked in Private Equity. He will discuss how his military experiences influenced his success in business and highlight the critical lessons he has learned in his varied career.

John F. Lehman, Jr. is chairman of J.F. Lehman & Company, a private equity investment firm. Lehman was formerly an investment banker with Paine Webber Inc. He served 25 years in the naval reserve. Lehman was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Reagan in 1981 and served until 1987. During his tenure as Secretary of the Navy, Lehman was responsible for building a 600 ship Navy, establishing a strategy of maritime supremacy, and reforming ship and aircraft procurement. He has served as staff member to Henry Kissinger on the National Security Council, as delegate to the Force Reductions Negotiations in Vienna and as deputy director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Lehman holds a BS from St. Joseph's University, a BA and MA from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Co-hosted by: Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership & Ethics Board and the Military in Business Association (MIBA) .

Corporate Boards & Diversity: Strategies to ensure more inclusive leadership

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Uris Hall, Room 142

Despite numerous studies linking improved corporate and shareholder performance when companies maintain a diverse board, most Fortune 500 companies continue to lack true boardroom diversity.

While women represent 51 percent of the US and together African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics represent 34 percent of the US, only 28 percent of board seats are held by women and minorities.

Catalyst and the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility have responded by creating resources to assist corporations in finding and promoting qualified diverse board candidates. Efforts to ensure the stewardship of pension investments and other assets contain a diverse perspective have been undertaken by Altura Capital.

How is corporate performance impacted by board level diversity? How can companies implement strategies to ensure more inclusive leadership?

Discussion Moderated by Professor Ann Bartel , Columbia Business School

Panelists include:

  • Ilene H. Lang , President & CEO of Catalyst, and founding CEO of Alta Vista
  • Monika Mantilla ’96 , President & CEO of Altura Capital
  • Carlos Orta , President and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

Co-hosted by: Sanford C. Bernstein Student Leadership & Ethics Board, Columbia Women in Business, and the Latin American and Hispanic Business Association .

Speaker Biographies:
Ilene H. Lang is the president and CEO of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working to change workplaces and improve lives through advancing women into business leadership. She was appointed president in August 2003 and named CEO in September 2008. Her blog, Catalyzing , was called "insightful" by Forbes ; she also blogs on The Huffington Post .

Ms. Lang brings energy and corporate savvy to the advancement of women in every sector of the global marketplace. Her expertise on the advancement of women in corporations and professional firms, corporate boards and governance, workforce demographic trends, the business case for women's career development, innovative strategies for retaining and advancing women, and work-life effectiveness is often called upon by the media, member companies and firms, and other organizations. She regularly addresses national and international groups of senior leaders in a variety of business, academic, and public policy venues.

Having broken barriers in her own career, Ms. Lang is broadly recognized as a pioneering female high-tech/Internet executive. She was the founding CEO of AltaVista Internet Software Inc., a subsidiary of Digital Equipment Corporation. Prior to that work, Ms. Lang was senior vice president of the Desktop Business Group at Lotus Development Corporation, responsible for a $500 million business. She has also advised CEOs and entrepreneurs as a board member, coach, and investor in women-led technology companies. Ms. Lang was named to the Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment at the World Economic Forum, and she is a member of the National Board Development Committee of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She has served on numerous other corporate, private, and nonprofit boards in the past, most recently Art Technology Group, Inc.

Ms. Lang earned an AB degree in history and literature from Radcliffe College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is married and the mother of three adult children.

Monika Mantilla is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the firm, including product development, human capital, marketing, client service, compliance, operations and financial management. Under her leadership, Altura has become a nationally recognized leader and innovator in the Emerging Money Manager space. The firm's commitment to the institutional market, its team of seasoned investment professionals, and its groundbreaking and comprehensive Emerging Manager Information Platform — currently utilized by some of the largest institutional investors in the country — has catapulted Altura to grow and consolidate its presence as an innovative manager of emerging managers group.

Ms. Mantilla's investment management career is widely complemented by her successful general management career and a lifetime of involvement in community issues. Ms. Mantilla's rich professional background spans 22 years of domestic and international management and investment management experience. Prior to founding Altura Capital, Ms. Mantilla was a principal with an investment management consulting firm holding $2.6 billion dollars of assets. It advised more than 100 institutional and private clients, including pension plans, corporations, unions, endowments, foundations, universities, families, and individuals.

Ms. Mantilla is nationally recognized as a researcher, a leader and an innovator in the area of capital and diversity. A trusted advisor to some of the largest institutional investors in the country and the world, she has been deeply involved in a variety of national initiatives to grow and expand the small, emerging and diverse institutional money manager category. Her firm's research in the theme of investing with small, entrepreneurial, minority- and women- owned investment firms is widely utilized by institutional investors. She was invited by the US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee to address challenges, trends and other issues related to Hispanics in financial services, and she spearheaded two important white papers about Latinos in asset management that have become an important industry resource. She has also been an active advocate for stronger trade and investment throughout the Americas and between the United States and Spain.

Ms. Mantilla and her firm have received numerous honors and awards. In 2010, she was presented with the Hispanic Heritage Award — the highest honor for Latinos by Latinos — in the business category, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the New York State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the New York City Entrepreneur of the Year by Latina Style Magazine and Business Series . In 2007 she received the Opal Financial Group Special Recognition Award at the Emerging Manager Summit. In 2006 she received the New York-Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Business Woman of the Year Award, and in 2003 the Hispanic Magazine 's Excellence in Financial Services Award.

In 2009 and 2010, Latino Leaders Magazine recognized her as one of the 101 Most Influential Leaders in Hispanic USA She sits on the board of multiple nonprofit organizations, including chairing the Capital and Advocacy Committee for the New America Alliance &38212; an organization of American Latino business leaders united to promote the economic, philanthropic and political advancement of the American Latino community.

Ms. Mantilla holds an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a Law degree from the Universidad del Rosario in Bogot�¡, Colombia.

Carlos Orta is the president and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), a national 501(c)(3) organization established in 1986 and based in Washington, DC. HACR's mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in corporate America at a level commensurate with their economic contributions.

Since joining HACR in April 2006, Orta has developed programs that are instrumental in helping HACR accomplish its mission. Among the programs he has originated and implemented are:

  • HACR CEO Roundtable — an annual gathering of CEOs from Fortune 500 and HACR corporate member companies that come together to discuss diversity and Hispanic inclusion in their respective companies
  • HACR Corporate Directors Summit — an annual summit that brings together Hispanics currently serving on Fortune 500 and HACR corporate member companies to discuss governance issues and share best practices
  • HACR Corporate Executives Forumâ?¢ — an association of executives from Fortune 500 and HACR corporate member companies who are within three reporting levels of the company's president and CEO.
  • HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achieversâ?¢ Program — an annual program that identifies and recognizes young, up-and-coming, high potential, Hispanic corporate executives atFortune 500and HACR corporate member companies

Prior to joining HACR, Orta served in a variety of staff positions — external affairs, corporate foundation and government affair roles — at threeFortune 500companies: Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Ford Motor Company and Waste Management, Inc.


Orta has received several awards and recognitions throughout his career. Most recently he was selected by Latino Leaders magazine as one of the "101 Most Influential Leaders in the Latino Community."

Orta is past chair of Leadership Miami, a graduate of Leadership Florida (Class XV), and has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Kansas City, the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce and Padres Contra El Cancer.

A graduate of Barry University with a BA in Liberal Studies, Orta was born in Havana, Cuba, and currently resides in Arlington, VA.

General Raymond E. Johns, US Air Force: Ethical Leadership in the 21st Century

Monday, September 26, 2011, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (reception following)
Location: Columbia University

General Johns will discuss values based leadership and the difficulties of ethical decision making in crucial situations, given the current foreign policy environment. The General will also share his thoughts on the role of ethics in making difficult decisions with limited information.

General Raymond E. Johns Jr. is Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces. The command also plays a crucial role in providing humanitarian support at home and around the world. The men and women of AMC — active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians — provide airlift, aerial refueling, and special air mission and aeromedical evacuation. Johns is a command pilot and experimental test pilot with 4,500 flying hours in a variety of aircraft.

Choosing Infosys' New Leaders: A Montrone Seminar with Jeffrey Lehman, Independent Director & Chair-Nominations Committee, Infosys

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 7:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Location: Columbia University

On April 30, 2011, iconic software company Infosys appointed a new chairman, and a new management team for the first time in the company's history. How did Infosys identify its new leadership? How will Infosys' exalted governance standards evolve under these leaders? Discussion will be moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut , Columbia Business School.

Jeffrey Sean Lehman is chancellor and founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, on leave from his position on the faculty of Cornell University. He has previously been president of Cornell University, Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, a tenured professor of law and public policy, a practicing tax lawyer, a law clerk to Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, and a law clerk to Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin.

Lehman currently serves as an independent director of Infosys Technologies, chairman of the board of Infosys Public Services, a trustee of Internet2, a trustee of New York University — Shanghai, and a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He previously served as president of the American Law Deans Association.

Lehman's honors include an honorary doctorate from Peking University, honorary professorships at several other universities, and the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cornell University and advanced degrees in law and public policy from the University of Michigan.

This event was part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics .

Chris Matthews, host of Hardball: Seeking Truth and Broadening Understanding

Monday, June 13, 2011, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Warren Hall, Room 207

The host of MSNBC's Hardball and NBC's The Chris Matthews Show will discuss the role of the journalist in the leadership and ethics domain. The conversation will focus on the ways the media can help the public better understand its political and business leaders.

Chris Matthews is the host of Hardball on MSNBC and The Chris Matthews Show on NBC. A television news anchor with significant depth of experience, Matthews has distinguished himself as a broadcast journalist, newspaper bureau chief, presidential speechwriter, and bestselling author. Matthews covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the Good Friday Peace Accord in Northern Ireland, and the funeral of Pope John Paul II. He has covered every American presidential election campaign since the 1980s.

Matthews worked for 15 years as a newspaper journalist, 13 of them as a Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner and two as a national columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle . Before that, he had a 15-year career in public service: five years in the United States Senate; four years in the White House under President Jimmy Carter, first on the President's Reorganization Project then as a presidential speechwriter; then for six years as the top aide to Speaker of the House Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr.

Matthews has received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism and the Gold Medal Award from the Pennsylvania Society. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics. He holds 24 honorary degrees.

Matthews is the author of five best-selling books: Hardball (1988), Kennedy & Nixon (1996), Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (2001), American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions (2002), and Life's a Campaign (2007).

A graduate of Holy Cross, Mr. Matthews did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Matthews served for two years with the US Peace Corps as a trade development advisor in Swaziland, Africa. He is married to Kathleen Matthews, executive vice president of Marriott International.

Leadership in Critical Situations: A Montrone Seminar with Lt. General Newton

Friday, June 10, 2011, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University

Lieutenant General Richard Y. Newton III, assistant vice chief of staff and director of Air Staff for the US Air Force, will speak about his leadership experience as part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics . Discussion will be moderated by Professor Robert Bontempo , Columbia Business School.

Lt. Gen. Newton and Professor Robert Bontempo will discuss values-based leadership in the context of current foreign policy challenges and strategic decision-making. The General will also share his thoughts on the role of ethics in making difficult decisions with limited information in critical situations.

Lt. Gen. Dick Newton is assistant vice chief of staff and director, Air Staff, Headquarters US Air Force, Washington, DC. He oversees the administration and organization of the Air Staff, which develops policies, plans, and programs; establishes requirements; and provides resources to support the Air Force's mission. He also serves as Deputy Chairman of the Air Force Council, and is the Air Force accreditation official for the international Corps of Air Attachés.

Born at Forbes Air Force Base, Kan., General Newton hails from an Air Force family and graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1978. His command assignments include the first B-2 squadron, a B-1B operations group and a B-52 wing. He served at Headquarters US Air Force as a planner and then executive officer for the deputy chief of staff for Plans and Operations and later as deputy director for Strategic Plans and Future Systems for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. His joint assignments include serving as the executive assistant to the director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), with later assignment as Deputy Director for Information Operations, and deputy director for Global Operations in the Operations Directorate (J3) on the Joint Staff, followed by duty as the director, Plans and Policy (J5), US Strategic Command. Most recently he served as the assistant deputy chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters US Air Force.

General Newton is a command pilot with more than 2,900 flying hours in a variety of aircraft, including the B-2, B-1B, B-52 and T-38.

Antanas Mockus, Colombian 2010 Presidential Candidate, Former mayor of Bogota City, and Co-Founder of Colombian Green Party

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University

Discussion will be moderated by Professor Raymond Fisman , Columbia Business School.

Antanas Mockus and Professor Fisman will discuss the leadership methods and strategies that Mr. Mockus developed during two highly successful terms as Bogota's Mayor. Mockus' approach to governing, which brought order to a previously lawless city, holds insights for how values, norms, and ethics may be deployed in affecting social change.This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics .

Professor Antanas Mockus is a Colombian mathematician, philosopher, and politician. After serving as president of Bogota's Universidad Nacional, the most important public university in the country, Mr. Mockus went on to become mayor of Bogota twice.

Under Mr. Mockus's leadership as Bogota's Mayor, the city experienced — among other improvements — a 70 percent cut in homicides, half the number of traffic fatalities, and the extension of drinking water and sewage systems to nearly all of the city's residents.

Mr. Mockus is as well known for his methods as his accomplishments, earning particular notice for unorthodox initiatives such as: hiring 420 mimes to make citizens aware of its traffic violations, because he believed Colombians were more afraid of being ridiculed than fined; putting in place the "Carrot Hour" to close night clubs and bars at 1:00 a.m., which also proved critical in reducing crime and traffic fatalities; and establishing "Women's Night," during which the city's men were asked to stay home for an evening to look after house and children.

In reforming Bogota's culture of violence and corruption, Mr. Mockus emphasizes that how change is instituted is fundamental, and he seeks "change without violence, supported by respected institutions and citizens who believe in the fulfillment of social norms and laws."

Along with two other former Bogota mayors, he founded the Green Party political movement, and in 2010 Mr. Mockus was elected presidential candidate following the party's primaries in March. He finished second in the first round with 21.5 percent of the vote, qualifying him to participate in a runoff election against Juan Manuel Santos, current Colombia's President.

The son of Lithuanian immigrants, Mr. Mockus was born in Bogota. He holds Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from the National University of Colombia, and an honorary PhD from the University of Paris XIII, France. Read more .

Ethics Role-Play Workshop

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Uris Hall, Room 332

Students will act out scenarios based on ethical dilemmas experienced by your peers at Columbia Business School. Discussion and interaction will be moderated by Professor Daniel Ames .

Your boss wants to misrepresent your costs to a client to raise prices.
A senior colleague's "flirting" is making many of your coworkers uncomfortable.
A project manager just told a prospective client "we can do that" and you know we can't.
What would you do?

Peter Lowy, Group Managing Director of the Westfield Group

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University

Peter Lowy was appointed managing director of Westfield Holdings Limited in 1997 and currently serves as group managing director of the Westfield Group. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW. Prior to joining Westfield in 1983, Mr. Lowy worked in investment banking both in London and New York. He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Lowy also serves on the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Board of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, and is a director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Series on Ethics .

Columbia Future Leaders Forum

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Uris Hall

Convening Columbia University's brightest to take charge of the dialogue and brainstorm the Vision of the Future with inspiring experts from academia, business, government and civil society.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m. — Lunch and Catalyst Speaker: Amir Dossal, Former UN Chief Liaison for Partnerships and Founder/Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum
1:00 - 2:20 p.m. — Collaboration Session #1
3:00 - 4:20 p.m. — Collaboration Session #2
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. — Session Recap, Catalyst Speakers and Closing Remarks Andrea Taylor: Microsoft Corporation, Director of US Community Affairs

Collaboration Sessions (80 minutes) will be catalyzed by students from across thirteen different Columbia University graduate and undergraduate schools to discuss how 9 billion people can live well within the limits of the planet by 2050. Each session will consist of a limited number of students to help foster dialogue and multidisciplinary innovation. To offer expert perspectives on these issues, brainstorming will be sparked by selected faculty and alumni from across Columbia University and leading industry professionals in the private, public and social sectors.

Major areas of focus during seven Collaboration Sessions:

  • Human Development: Our Adaptability to Change: Discussion on the evolution of Human Development
  • Urbanization and Transportation: Planning for Rapid Urbanization by 2050: 2X in 40Y
  • Education: Disruptive Innovation Changing the U.S. Education Model
  • Environment: Envisioning a Sustainable Food System
  • Health: Keeping a Finger on the Pulse: What's Next in Healthcare Innovation?
  • Economy: Developing Economies: Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
  • Media and Technology: Power to the People: Social Media's Revolutions

Senior management represented from participating organizations, including:

  • United Nations
  • PepsiCo
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • International Finance Corporation
  • McKinsey
  • Wal-Mart
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Jalia Ventures
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • PriceWaterhouse Coopers
  • Mission Markets
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Center for Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability
  • Baker Botts
  • The Conference Board
  • Cornell Medical School
  • Kopali Organics
  • Carbon War Room
  • Sacred Center New York
  • Farenheit212
  • Center for International and Conflict Resolution
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Infosys
  • Alcoa Foundation

Leadership and Ethics Series
Restoring Confidence: Rebuilding Trust

This special series of events is organized by the MBA Student Leadership and Ethics Board of the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center.

Mangalam Srinivasan, Distinguished Academic and Advisor, Former Harvard Fellow of Center of International Affairs, and Former Director of the Satyam Board

Friday, April 5, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Uris Hall, Hepburn Lounge

Inside the Boardroom: What makes a corporate board truly effective? How can management and boards interact to drive best practices in governance? Mangalam Srinivasan has served on the boards of several technology firms, including the board of Satyam Computer Services when the company unveiled India's biggest corporate scandal in 2009. This discussion will explore accountability and the role of regulation in corporate governance.

Discussion will be moderated by Professor William Klepper , Columbia Business School.

Professor Mangalam Srinivasan taught and served as an adviser at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where she was also a member of the board of Women and Public Policy. She was an adviser to Harvard University's Committee on Environment. Dr. Srinivasan was also one of the first women to be invited as a distinguished fellow to Harvard's Center for International Affairs.

She has held faculty and research appointments at Harvard, Tufts, Northeastern, UC Berkeley, American University, the University of Madras and has been a visiting professor and scholar internationally.

Dr. Srinivasan has extensive experience serving on corporate boards, particularly of technology firms. She served as an Independent Director on the board of Satyam, one of the largest global computer services companies, for nearly 20 years (1991 – 2008).

Dr. Srinivasan has been an Adviser to the Dean of Engineering at Tufts, The World Bank, and an adviser to former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. She has also been a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian, the US Department of Energy, the National Academy of Sciences, the European Union, Indian Institute of Technology, and the UN. Dr. Srinivasan is the Founding Director of the Center for Technology Policy and the Center for International Technical Cooperation at American University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Woman of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

Dr. Srinivasan holds a PhD in Technology Assessment, an MBA in International Finance, an MA in English Literature, BA in Mathematics and Physics, and Diplomas in International Law, Economics, International Finance, Accountancy, Foreign Exchange, and Industrial Finance from the Indian Institute of Bankers.

* All comments at this event are off the record and closed to the press .

India Business Conference at Columbia Business School

Friday, April 1, 2011, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University

The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics is sponsoring the keynote discussion, moderated by Professor Hitendra Wadhwa , Columbia Business School. Panelists include:

Deven Sharma is president of Standard & Poor's, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies, and the world's foremost source of financial market intelligence, providing independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. Mr. Sharma joined S&P in 2007 as executive vice president, Investment Service and Global Sales. Prior to joining S&P, Mr. Sharma was executive vice president, Global Strategy at The McGraw-Hill Companies for five years. Deven joined The McGraw-Hill Companies in January 2002 from Booz Allen & Hamilton, a global management consulting company, where he was a partner. Deven holds a bachelor's degree from the Birla Institute of Technology in India, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctoral degree in Business Management from Ohio State University. Deven has authored several publications on competitive strategy, customer solutions, sales and marketing. He is a Board member of the Asia Society Business Council.

Bhavdeep Singh , CEO of Fortis Healthcare, has a vast and rich background covering two plus decades of professional experience in the retail and healthcare sectors. While he has been in the United States for most of his career, Bhavdeep spent the last five years in India and has just returned from there two months back. During his professional career in US, Bhavdeep was with a leading retail chain in the United States where he spent 20 years and held various senior leadership positions covering crucial aspects of the business. In his last role, he was the Business Head/President of a $3.5 billion business with 20,000 plus employees. Mr. Singh spent the last five years in India and had the distinction of being the CEO of two of India's most prominent companies covering two different business sectors. Between 2006 and 2008, Bhavdeep was the CEO of Reliance Fresh, a subsidiary of India's largest company, Reliance Industries. While he was there, he and his team led a massive roll out of new stores where they opened 700 plus new stores in less than two years. When he left Reliance in January of 2009, he was responsible for the largest retail business in India with more than 900 stores in operation. After leaving Reliance in early 2009, Bhavdeep joined Fortis Healthcare and was the CEO of Fortis for two years. Fortis, the world's fastest growing healthcare provider, is based in New Delhi and today operates 50 plus hospitals with almost 10,000 beds. While at Fortis, Mr. Singh and his team drove a patient centric approach to healthcare driven by an SOP approach aligning the organization and all of its resources on providing best in class health care in India. The organization saw tremendous growth during Mr. Singh's tenure and also saw a very robust increase in revenue and profits. Mr. Singh returned to the United States in early 2011 and is now the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations for Ahold USA, one of the largest retailers in the country.

Kwame Appiah, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and Author of The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen

Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Warren Hall, Room 207

Kwame Anthony Appiah joined the Princeton University faculty in 2002 as Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values. He is also associated with the Center for African American Studies, the Programs in African Studies and Translation Studies, and the Departments of Comparative Literature and Politics.

He is a prolific author, with works including: The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen (2010, Norton); Experiments in Ethics (2008, Harvard University Press); Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (2006, Norton), which won the 2007 Arthur Ross Award of the Council on Foreign Relations; The Ethics of Identity (2005, Princeton University Press); Thinking It Through (2004, Oxford University Press), an introduction to contemporary philosophy; Bu Me Bé: Proverbs of the Akan , an annotated edition of 7,500 proverbs in Twi, the language of Asante, which he coauthored (2003); Dictionary of Global Culture (1997, co-edited with Henry Louis Gates Jr); and Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race (1996, with Amy Gutmann). He reviews regularly for the New York Review of Books.

In November 2009, Forbes Magazine named Professor Appiah one of the world's seven most powerful thinkers. He serves as Chair of the Executive Board of the American Philosophical Association. He is also currently Chair of the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies. In March 2009, he became President of the PEN American Center. In December 2010, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF).

He has taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Harvard universities and lectured at many other institutions in the United States, Germany, Ghana, and South Africa, as well as at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Kwame Appiah was born in London but moved as an infant to Ghana, where he grew up. Professor Appiah earned his BA and PhD degrees in the philosophy at Cambridge University, in England. See his full biograpy .

Garry Reeder, Former US Treasury, Managing GM Transaction

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Warren Hall, Room 207

Prior to joining the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau Implementation Team as the Senior Advisor for Research, Markets & Rulewriting, Garry was a member of the Auto Task Force at the US Treasury Department helping oversee the government's auto industry investments. He worked directly on the $23 billion IPO of General Motors, one of the largest public stock offerings in history. For most of the last decade he worked in the investment management business. He spent seven years with Ziff Brothers Investments (ZBI), the primary investment vehicle of the Ziff family, as a member of the Financial Institutions Group, which invested in publicly traded financial services companies. Prior to ZBI, he worked in investment research at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. covering the media industry. He has also worked as a Field Director in a race for US Congress and spent two years as a Research Associate in the Yale History Department.

Born and raised in rural North Carolina, Garry graduated from Yale College with a BA in History and received his MBA from Columbia Business School. He and his wife Shannon Polly — a corporate trainer — live in Washington, DC.

Thomas Russo, General Council for AIG

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Warren Hall, Room 207

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Thomas A. Russo has been an executive vice president of Legal Compliance Regulatory Affairs and Government Affairs and General Counsel of American International Group, Inc. since February 2010. Mr. Russo joined AIG from the New York office of Patton Boggs LLP, where he served as Senior Counsel.

Prior to this role, Mr. Russo was vice chairman of Lehman Brothers Inc. and the firm's chief legal officer where he was responsible for its Corporate Advisory Division, including Legal, Compliance, Corporate Audit, Government Relations, and Transaction Management.

Prior to joining Lehman Brothers in January 1993, Mr. Russo was a partner and member of the Management Committee of the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. He received his J.D. and MBA degrees from Cornell University. He was elected to the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. From 1969 – 1971, Mr. Russo was an attorney in the Division of Market Regulation of the Securities and Exchange Commission. From 1971 – 1975, he was an associate with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Subsequently, he became Deputy General Counsel and later the first Director of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Trading and Markets.

Mr. Russo holds board positions with the March of Dimes, the Institute for Financial Markets, the Institute of International Education, which administers the Fulbright Scholarship Program, and the United States Council for International Business. He is a member of the Cornell University Council; The Economic Club of New York; the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's International Advisory Committee; and the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation. He is also a member of the Fellows of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Mr. Russo is co-chairman of the Global Documentation Steering Committee.

Mr. Russo has written numerous articles on topics in the commodities, securities and banking fields relating to financial market regulation. He co-authored a book on the federal securities laws entitled, Regulation of Brokers, Dealers and Securities Markets , published by Warren, Gorham & Lamont. Mr. Russo also authored Regulation of the Commodities Futures and Options Markets , a two-volume treatise on the federal commodities laws published by Shepard's/McGraw-Hill. He is listed in Who's Who in America , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Finance and Business , and Who's Who in American Education . Mr. Russo has been listed in the National Law Journa l as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." Mr. Russo frequently lectures on financial market issues and has testified before Congress on numerous occasions. Mr. Russo is an inaugural inductee into the Futures Industry Association Hall of Fame.

Roger Altman, Founder and Chairman of Evercore Partners

Monday, March 28, 2011, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Off-campus

Roger Altman will discuss his views on the current state of the financial services industry. Additionally, Mr. Altman will share his experience of transitioning between the private and public sectors.

Discussion will be moderated by Professor Laurie Hodrick , Columbia Business School.

Roger Altman is founder and chairman of Evercore Partners, which has become the most active investment banking boutique in the world.

Mr. Altman began his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers and became a general partner of that firm in 1974. Beginning in 1977, he served as assistant secretary of the US Treasury for four years. He then returned to Lehman Brothers, later becoming co-head of overall investment banking, a member of the firm's Management Committee and its Board. He remained in those positions until the firm was sold to Shearson/American Express.

In 1987, Mr. Altman joined The Blackstone Group as vice chairman, head of the firm's merger and acquisition advisory business and a member of its Investment Committee. Mr. Altman also had primary responsibility for Blackstone's international business.

Beginning in January 1993, Mr. Altman returned to Washington to serve as deputy secretary of the US Treasury for two years. In 1996, he formed Evercore Partners. To date, the firm has handled more than $1 trillion of merger, acquisition, recapitalization, and restructuring transactions. In its other role, Evercore also manages approximately $17 billion of third party assets.

Mr. Altman is a trustee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, serving on its Investment Committee, and is vice chairman of The Board of The American Museum of Natural History. He also serves as chairman of New Visions for Public Schools. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and a director of Conservation International. He received an AB from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and Former Chief of Staff to President Clinton

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Location: Off-campus

John Podesta is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress. Under his leadership, the Center has become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy.

Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president's cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. While in the White House, he also served as both an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary and a senior policy advisor on government information, privacy, telecommunications security, and regulatory policy.

Most recently, Podesta served as co-chair of President Obama's transition, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration's agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Senator Thomas A. Daschle (1995 – 1996); chief counsel for the Senate Agriculture Committee (1987 – 1988); and chief minority counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks; Security and Terrorism; and Regulatory Reform (1981 – 1987).

A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He also authored The Power of Progress: How America's Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country .

This event is part of the Paul M. Montrone Seminar Series on Ethics .

Lynn Tilton, Founder and CEO, Patriarch Partners

Thursday, March 17, 2011, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Lynn Tilton is the founder and CEO of Patriarch Partners, a vertically integrated distressed private equity firm with robust in-house operational turnaround expertise that was built upon a proprietary patented financial model designed to manage and monetize the distressed portfolios of financial institutions. See her full biography .

Stanley R. Klion Forum on Ethics: Patricia Cloherty

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Location: Faculty House, Columbia University

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Patricia M. Cloherty is chairman and CEO of Delta Private Equity Partners, LLC, and manager of The US Russia Investment Fund and Delta Russia Fund, L.P., two venture capital funds with more than $500 million invested in 55 Russian companies. She is former co-chairman, president, and general partner of Apax Partners, Inc. (formerly Patricof & Co. Ventures, inc.), a multi-billion-dollar private equity company that she joined in 1970, and from which she withdrew in 2000. She is a past president and chairman of the National Venture Capital Association of the United States. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush appointed her chairman of an Investment Advisory Council to revamp the Small Business Investment Company program of the US Small Business Administration. From 1977 to 1978, Ms. Cloherty was deputy administrator, US Small Business Administration, appointed by President Carter. In 1981, Ms. Cloherty also was the founding president of the Committee of 200, a prestigious organization of the country's leading women entrepreneurs and corporate executives.

In 2004, Ms. Cloherty was named Businessperson of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia. In December 2006, Pat Cloherty was named a Technology Top Dealmaker by Forbes magazine. In February 2007, the Moscow Government gave Pat an award for her outstanding contribution to the development of entrepreneurship in Russia and for establishing and supporting small business in the country. In October 2007, Ms. Cloherty received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship from the Kennan Center of the Woodrow Wilson Institute for International Scholars. It is given to executives who have shown deep concern for the common good by their example and through business practices that advance the long-term interests of their firms, their employees, and their shareholders. In November 2007, the Russian Academy of Business granted Pat the Darin award for her significant and long-standing contribution to the creation of the new Russian economy. On March 17, 2008 President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding Pat the Order of Friendship for her major contribution to the development of Russian business and for strengthening friendship and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

Ms. Cloherty holds various directorships, among them The US-Russia Business Council, PrimeStar (Russia), Vesch! (Russia), VideoNext Solutions, Inc. (United States and Ukraine), and DeltaLeasing (Russia). She is a former Trustee of Columbia University, a Trustee for Life of International House, and a Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University's Teachers College. She is a member of The Rockefeller University Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. Pat is a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and a member of the Advisory Boards of two business schools in Russia, in Skolkovo and Saint Petersburg. She was appointed to the Board of the US Russia Investment Fund in 1995 by President Clinton, became Chairman in 1998 to 2004, she has been CEO of its management company since 2003.

In April 2009, Ms. Cloherty was elected to the Board of Directors of NYSE Euronext (New York Stock Exchange). She holds a BA from the San Francisco College for Women and an MA and MIA from Columbia University. She served in the Peace Corps in Brazil from 1963 through 1965.

This event is part of the Stanley R. Klion Forum on Ethics .

A Conversation with Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Low Memorial Library

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Henry M. Paulson Jr. served under President George W. Bush as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury from July 2006 until January 2009. As treasury secretary, Paulson was the president's leading policy adviser on a broad range of domestic and international economic issues. Before going to the Treasury Department, Paulson had a 32-year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and CEO since the firm's initial public offering in 1999.

Prior to his work at Goldman Sachs, Paulson was a member of the White House Domestic Council, serving as staff assistant to the president from 1972 to 1973 and as staff assistant to the assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon from 1970 to 1972. He is involved in a range of conservation and environmental initiatives, having served as chairman of the Peregrine Fund, Inc., and chairman of the board of directors for the Nature Conservancy, where he was also cochairman of the group's Asia/Pacific Council.

Paulson graduated from Dartmouth in 1968, where he majored in English, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an All-Ivy, All-East football player. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two grown children and three grandchildren.

In February 2010, Paulson published his first book, On the Brink , detailing his experience at the Treasury Department during the global financial crisis.

This event was organized by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Student Leadership and Ethics Board , in conjunction with the University's Program for Economic Research.

Conference on Governance and Risk Management in the Financial Services Industry

January 28, 2011
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Co-organized by Professors Patrick Bolton and Bruce Kogut and Hamid Mehran , Federal Reserve Bank.

Opportunities and Challenges for Women as leaders in the New Economy

January 5, 2011
Location: Warren Hall, Feldberg Space

Gender at work panel discussion hosted by Columbia Alumni.