Past Speaker Events

  • Justice & the Market

    Speakers: John Ramsay, Mike Nikitas
    Date: April 17, 2019

    About the Speakers:
    John Ramsay
     is responsible for developing and communicating IEX’s positions on market policy issues, and engaging with governmental and regulatory authorities and certain IEX stakeholders on those issues. He also acts as IEX’s representative on governing committees with responsibility for various aspects of the national market system, including the securities information processors, the consolidated audit trail, and the Limit Up/Limit Down Plan.

    Mike Nikitas advises and trains people to better communicate internally and externally with key stakeholders and the media. His clients at Nikitas Communications include John Hancock/Manulife, State Street Global Advisors, and many others. He is an adjunct professor at the Carsey School of Public Policy at University of New Hampshire. Nikitas is also a five-time Emmy nominee as Outstanding TV News Anchor in the Boston/New England region, and has been inducted into the prestigious “Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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  • Socially Responsible Investing: Is it worth it?

    Speakers: Aimee B. Forsythe, Anthony Eames, Mike Nikitas
    Date: March 13, 2019

    About the Speakers:
    Aimee B. Forsythe
    co-manages the Sustainable and Responsible Investment strategy, which integrates environmental, social and governance factors with traditional fundamental analysis.  Additionally, she serves as a portfolio manager, working with individual and institutional clients. Aimee is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder since 2000.

    Anthony Eames is a vice president and director of responsible investment strategy for Calvert Research and Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Management specializing in responsible and sustainable investing across global capital markets. He is responsible for the suite of Anthony Eames strategies focused on responsible investing, encompassing actively and passively managed U.S. and international equity strategies, fixed-income strategies and asset allocation funds. Anthony is responsible for client communications and insights on investment strategy and portfolio positioning. He holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary and Accredited Asset Management Specialist designations, and FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.

    Mike Nikitas advises and trains people to better communicate internally and externally with key stakeholders and the media. His clients at Nikitas Communications include John Hancock/Manulife, State Street Global Advisors, and many others. He is an adjunct professor at the Carsey School of Public Policy at University of New Hampshire. Nikitas is also a five-time Emmy nominee as Outstanding TV News Anchor in the Boston/New England region, and has been inducted into the prestigious “Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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  • The Ethics of Board Diversity

    Speakers: Vernetta Walker, Beth Boland, Jeff Feingold
    Date: December 6, 2018

    About the Speakers:
    Vernetta Walker
     is President and Chief Governance Gladiator of Walker & Associates Consulting. Vernetta also serves as a senior governance consultant and advisor on diversity, inclusion, and equity (DI&E) at BoardSource.  Vernetta is passionate about helping organizations maximize their impact through exceptional leadership, intellectual engagement, and cultural competence. In addition to providing consulting and training, she is a frequent speaker on nonprofit leading practices, sector trends, and creating a culture of inclusion.

    Beth Boland is chair of Foley & Lardner LLP’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation. As one of the youngest presidents of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA), she is considered a pioneer on issues affecting women in the profession and women who are victims of abuse. Beth is  also the president of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; she advises corporate boards and leads internal investigations and the defense of government enforcement actions involving whistleblower claims, government contracts, corporate governance issues, and disputes involving executive compensation and strategic business transactions.

    Jeff Feingold, editor of NH Business Review, has been a journalist for over 40 years. In that time, he has worked as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers in New Jersey and New Hampshire and was honored in 2003 as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Journalist of the Year. He also has worked as a freelance writer whose work has appeared in state, regional and national publications, including The New York Times and The Nation, and has been longtime guest on public affairs shows on radio and TV. Jeff also serves on the board of the New Hampshire Women's Foundation.

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  • Justice within the Workplace: The Power of Structures, not Persons

    Speaker: Daniel Finn
    Date: October 22, 2018

    About the Speaker:
    Daniel Finn
     teaches economics and Christian ethics at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. He is the director of the True Wealth of Nations research project at the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.

    He is a former president of the Association for Social Economics, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Catholic Theological Society of America. His books include Christian Economic Ethics: History and Implications (Fortress), The Moral Ecology of Markets: A Framework for Assessing Justice in Economic Life (Cambridge), and The Ethics and Economics of Market Complicity: Moral Agency in a Global Economy (forthcoming from Georgetown University Press).

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  • Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century

    Speaker: Cynthia Cooper
    Date: April 23, 2018

    About the Speaker:
    Cynthia Cooper 
    is a best-selling author, consultant and internationally recognized speaker on ethical leadership and corporate governance best practices. She was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year for her role in uncovering the fraud at WorldCom, one of the largest corporate frauds in history. In addition, she was featured as one of twenty-five most influential working mothers in Working Mother magazine.

    Cooper served as Vice President for MCI where she and her team helped the company move forward and successfully emerge from bankruptcy. Cynthia began her career in public accounting and previously worked in Atlanta, Georgia for Deloitte and Touche and Pricewaterhouse.

  • The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return

    Speaker: Mihir A. Desai
    Date: April 10, 2018

    About the Speaker:
    Mihir A. Desai 
    is the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In his book The Wisdom of Finance, economist and Harvard professor Mihir Desai takes up the cause of restoring humanity to finance, an industry whose reputation has been bruised and battered from decades of greed and corruption.

    He received his Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University; his MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School; and a bachelor's degree in history and economics from Brown University. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar to India.  

    Professor Desai's areas of expertise include tax policy, international finance, and corporate finance. His work has emphasized the appropriate design of tax policy in a globalized setting, the links between corporate governance and taxation, and the internal capital markets of multinational firms. He is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research's Public Economics and Corporate Finance Programs, and served as the co-director of the NBER's India program. He has testified several times to Congressional bodies on various tax policy questions.

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  • Maintaining Values in a Competitive Market

    Speakers: Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation, Stonyfield Farm Inc.; Mark Buckley, VP of Sustainability, Staples Inc; Dina Frutos-Bencze, Ph.D., Moderator
    Date: Nov. 30, 2017

    How can a company implement its values, vision and mission at all levels of corporate decision-making? Can a company’s values, vision, and mission help attract investors and employees? How does a company balance the relative importance of values and profitability, especially when possible tensions between the two arise?

    Panelists Lisa Drake of Stonyfield Farm, Inc. and Mark Buckley of Staples, Inc. will be joined by moderator Dina Frutos-Bencze, Ph.D. of Saint Anselm College to discuss these questions, looking through the lens of good, smart, efficient and innovative business, rooted in a business ethic that always defaults to what is “right.”

    About the Speakers:

    Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation, Stonyfield Farm Inc.
    For 15 years, Lisa has developed and managed Stonyfield’s award-winning environmental and energy initiatives and leads their advocacy efforts on energy and climate policy. She has served on the Board of Directors of Climate Counts, a non-profit organization bringing consumers and companies together in the fight against climate change and is currently on the Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Food Bank and the Board of Directors for New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.  Prior to Stonyfield, Lisa managed economic development programs for the State of New Jersey and was a project manager and licensed professional engineer for CDM Smith and Barr Engineering. She has BS and MS degrees from Tufts University in Civil & Environmental Engineering.

    Mark Buckley, Vice President of Sustainability, Staples Inc.
    A 27-year Staples veteran, Mark currently directs Staples’ global environmental and sustainable business practices. He is responsible for driving the company’s sustainability efforts in these areas: the development of more sustainable products, packaging and services; customer recycling solutions; internal waste reduction; the development of global carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies; as well as environmental education for customers and associates focused on sustainable business solutions. He is an active member of several environmental and non-profit organizations including the Boreal Business Forum, the Forest Legality Alliance, the Carbon Canopy, Advisory Council for the Product Stewardship Institute, Advisory Board Belantara Foundation, Board of Earth Force a US based environmental education organization and Board member of the John Andrew Mazie Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Saint Anselm College.

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  • Corporate Responsibility in America: Tenacity and the Institutional Insight

    Speaker: Kenneth E. Goodpaster, Ph.D.
    Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Dr. Kenneth E. Goodpaster, the Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics - Emeritus University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, will discuss three basic convictions behind an institutional aspiration in America: to uphold relative market freedom for business enterprises in the face of frequent moral failure. These convictions - Checks and Balances, Moral Projection, and Moral Common Ground - help explain the tenacity with which Americans have held on to the idea of "corporate responsibility."

    About the Speaker: Kenneth Goodpaster earned his A.B. in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan. He taught philosophy at the University of Notre Dame during the 1970s before joining the Harvard Business School faculty in 1980. In 1990, Goodpaster accepted the David and Barbara Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics at the University of St. Thomas (MN). Goodpaster served for a number of years as an Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly and was Executive Editor of Corporate Responsibility: The American Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2012) which received the 2014 Academy of Management Best Book Award. His book Conscience and Corporate Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007) received generous praise from reviewers. He contributed to Vocation of the Business Leader, issued by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (2012) and Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business (UST Center for Catholic Studies, 2015).

    In 2014, he was named to Ethisphere Magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics-and was honored by the Society for Business Ethics for a "Career of Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in the Field of Business Ethics."

  • Reviving Values: Why Wall Street Culture Really Goes Awry, and How to Bring It Back

    Speaker: Susan M. Ochs, Senior Fellow, New America
    Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

    About the Speaker: Susan M. Ochs leads the Better Banking Project at the think tank New America. Her research is focused on mindsets and culture in the financial services industry, and their implications for risk management, innovation and reform efforts.

    Susan is a regular speaker and TV commentator on banking and economic issues. Among other venues, her work has been featured by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Milken Institute Global Conference, as well as The New York Times and Harvard Business Review. Susan advises senior financial executives on matters related to firm culture and strategy, and leads research-based trainings and workshops on organizational dynamics, including: values implementation, team performance and compliance effectiveness. In addition, she coaches individual executives on leadership and managing culture. Previously, Susan served at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations. She has also served at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and as the Economic Advisor to the Governor of New Jersey. In addition to advisory engagements, her financial industry experience includes positions at J.P. Morgan Investment Management and private equity firm Solera Capital. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Duke University. She lives in New York City.

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  • Doing Business with a Mission

    Doing Business with a Mission
    Speaker: John Boatright, Ph.D.
    Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    Keynote: The Promise and Perils of For-Profit Social Enterprise
    Social enterprise is a recent development in which organizations seek to provide welfare benefits in a businesslike manner. Although many social enterprises are traditional nonprofits, some have adopted the for-profit form in order to realize their social mission more effectively. As for-profit businesses, social enterprises must compete successfully in a crowded market with traditional nonprofits and government welfare services, in addition to standard for-profit companies. About the Speaker: John R. Boatright is the Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J., Professor of Business Ethics in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University. He has served as the Executive Director of the Society for Business Ethics, and is a past president of the Society. He was recognized by the Society in 2012 for a "Career of Outstanding Service to the Field of Business Ethics." He is the author of the books Ethics and the Conduct of Business and Ethics in Finance, and has edited Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice. He serves on the editorial boards of Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business and Society Review. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

    B Corps: Creating Benefit for All, Rebecca Hamilton, Co-Owner and VP of Research & Development, W.S. Badger Company
    B Corps are businesses that strive to balance profits with a social mission. While mission-driven businesses are certainly not new, the certification helps to provide a common language and a set of best practices that businesses can use to benchmark and improve their social and environmental initiatives. B Corp values, such as being a force for good and an agent of positive change in the world, have always been part of Badger's vision and mission. Becoming a certified B Corp in 2011 gave Badger a verifiable way of demonstrating its commitment to always doing what's right for people and the planet. In 2014, Badger took their commitment to doing good in the world a step further, helping to pass Benefit Corporation Legislation in NH and then becoming one of the first NH businesses to register as a Benefit Corporation. Today, Badger is part of a global community of 1700+ certified B Corps using business as a force for good. About the Speaker: Rebecca Hamilton is a family owner and the VP of Research & Development at Badger in Gilsum, New Hampshire. She oversees new product innovation from concept to market as well as Badger's sustainability initiatives. In 2014, Rebecca led the passing of Benefit Corp legislation in the State of New Hampshire.

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  • Giving Voice to Values: The "How" of Business Ethics

    Speaker: Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D.
    Date: Monday, November 14, 2016

    Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D., the creator and director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, a senior advisor at Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and a consultant on management education and leadership development, spoke as part of the Ethics in Governance: Stewardship and Investor Education Forum. She shared a ground-breaking new approach to preparing business managers and leaders for values-driven decision making.

    Drawing on both the actual experience of business practitioners as well as cutting edge research, Giving Voice to Values (GVV) fills a long-standing and critical gap in our understanding of how to enable ethical practice. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, GVV focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: "What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?"

    GVV was launched by The Aspen Institute and Yale School of Management, supported at Babson College from 2009--2015 and is now based at University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Developed by Gentile, a veteran of Harvard Business School and pioneer in both ethics and diversity management curriculum, GVV is now being piloted in over 880 educational and executive settings.  Giving Voice to Values holds the promise to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future business leaders to not only know what is right - but how to make it happen.

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  • The Power of Noticing, Bounded Ethicality, and Being a Great Leader

    Speaker: Max H. Bazerman, Ph.D.
    Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Max H. Bazerman, Ph.D., the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke as part of the Ethics in Governance: Stewardship and Investor Education Forum. He is the author of Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What's Right and What to Do about It and The Power of Noticing.

    The very wise scholar Warren Bennis noted that being a great leader requires being a "first class noticer". Yet, we have blind spots that prevent leaders from noticing critical challenges and opportunities. This leads to unintentional unethical behavior. These behaviors lie outside the conscious deliberations between right and wrong that are the focus of most treatments of ethics. Bounded ethicality describes the systematic and predictable psychological processes that lead people to engage in ethically questionable behaviors that are inconsistent with their own preferred ethics. Dr. Bazerman offered an explanation of how leaders can make a decision that not only harms others, but is also inconsistent with his or her conscious beliefs and preferences.

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  • The 2016 Voter Uprising Against Wall Street...and What to Do About It

    Speaker: Stephen Davis, Ph.D.
    Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

    Stephen Davis, Associate Director and Senior Fellow, Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors, Harvard Law School, joined the Institute to present a talk based on a soon to be released book What They Do With Your Money: How the Financial System Fails Us, and How to Fix It (publication date: May 24, 2016).

    About the Speaker
    Stephen Davis, Ph.D. is one of the architects of today's global corporate governance framework. He is associate director of the Harvard Law School Programs on Corporate Governance and Institutional Investors, and a senior fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance. He is also a nonresident senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution. From 2007-2012 he was executive director of the Yale School of Management's Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance and Lecturer on the SOM faculty. Davis served on the U.S. SEC's Investor Advisory Committee. He is a board member of Hermes EOS, the shareowner engagement arm of Hermes Pensions Management; trustee of ShareAction; and co-director of the Brookings' World Forum on Governance. Winner of the 2011 ICGN Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance, Davis is the co-author of What They Do With Your Money: How the Financial System Fails Us, and How to Fix It (Yale University Press, May 2016). That is a sequel to The New Capitalists: How Citizen Investors are Reshaping the Corporate Agenda (Harvard Business School Press, 2006). His book, Shareholder Rights Abroad: A Handbook for the Global Investor (1989) was the first study comparing corporate governance practices in top markets. Davis is a co-founder of the International Corporate Governance Network and co-author of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. Davis earned his doctorate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and completed undergraduate studies at Tufts and the London School of Economics.

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  • Unlocking the IPhone controversy: The Future of Privacy, Freedom, and Security in the Digital Age

    Speaker: John E. Sununu
    Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Former New Hampshire Senator John E. Sununu joined the Institute to discuss the recent IPhone debate and its implications on personal privacy, freedom, and national security as part of the Ethics in Governance: Stewardship and Investor Education Forum.

    About the Senator
    Senator Sununu cut a unique path from the private sector to public office, serving for three terms in the House of Representatives and for six years as the youngest member of the United States Senate. Before entering public service, Sununu worked for emerging high-tech firms as an engineer, strategy consultant, and a Chief Financial Officer. In Congress, he put his expertise to work for the country, serving on Senate committees such as Commerce, Finance, Banking, and Foreign Relations.

    A one of the few members of Congress with a technical background, Sununu rose quickly to earn a seat on the House Appropriations Committee and serve as Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee. During his term in the Senate, Sununu provided leadership in areas of finance and technology, figuring prominently in debates addressing funding for the National Science Foundation, telecommunications policy, and medical information technology.

    In the Senate, John Sununu took a lead role in pressing for regulatory reform, writing legislation to reign in the risk-taking at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that was signed into law in 2008. He led the effort to protect the Internet from regulations, and negotiated a seven-year ban on Internet taxes. He was the author of the New England Wilderness Act, as well as legislation that ensured better protection for civil liberties under the PATRIOT Act.

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  • Market Basket - Inside an Historic Corporate Governance Crisis

    Speakers: Jay Childs, Dr. Daniel Korschun, Cindy Whelan, and Jim Fantini
    Date: November 16, 2015

    Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate "food fight" played out in communities across New England. The firestorm at Market Basket began when a faction of the board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin Arthur T. Demoulas, who had served as CEO of the successful supermarket chain. In a massive collective action, 2 million associates, customers, and vendors banded together in protest, essentially shutting down a $4.5 billion company for six weeks.

    Esquire Magazine called it "the last stand for the middle class."  It is a story about the power of ordinary, passionate people to rewrite corporate history. Perhaps most importantly, the case provides lessons on corporate governance and the role corporations play in our society.

    This program will examine the Market Basket case from multiple viewpoints including from an employee, a vendor, a scholar/author, and a documentary filmmaker. It will also include a screening of select scenes from the upcoming film "Food Fight - Inside the Battle for Market Basket."

    The event will feature Jay Childs, Director, JBC Communications of Portsmouth, N.H.; Dr. Daniel Korschun, Associate Professor Marketing, Fellow Center for Corporate Governance LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, author of We Are Market Basket; Cindy Whelan, Market Basket Epping store manager; and Jim Fantini, Market Basket vendor.

  • The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act): Are We More Ethical? 

    Speakers: Barney Frank and Joseph Keefe
    Date: September 21, 2015

    About the Speakers: Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank will be joined by Joseph Keefe, President & CEO of PAX World Funds, to discuss the intentions and consequences of the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law five years ago. The goal of the Dodd-Frank Act was to create more accountability and transparency in the financial industry and establish investor and consumer protections as a response to the financial crisis of 2008. The law is named after its sponsors, former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd and former Representative Barney Frank.

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  • Stewardship of the Future - Vision and Values for Value-add in Responsible Enterprises

    Speaker: Sandra Waddock
    Date: April 8, 2015

    About the Speaker: Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, will explore some of the challenges we face such as sustainability, climate change, and equity and suggest some ways in which businesses can become part of the solution by integrating new business visions and values. Jeff Baker, CEO, Image4, and Jenny Levy, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Hypertherm, Inc. will be joined by Dr. Waddock for a panel discussion on the important role of CSR in their business model and its impact on their stakeholder relationships (employees, community, suppliers and customers).

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  • Berkshire Beyond Buffett - The Enduring Value of Values

    Speaker: Lawrence Cunningham
    Date: April 24, 2015

    About the Speaker: Lawrence Cunningham, a professor at George Washington University, is a leading authority on Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, corporate culture, and corporate governance. A prolific author and popular lecturer, his work has been published widely, including in the Financial Times, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal while his books have been widely reviewed, including in the Economist, Financial Times, L.A. Times, and Wall Street Journal.

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