From the Margins to the Center
Friday, June 24, 2022
11:00 AM–5:00 PM EDT
The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, with support from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, welcomes you to the virtual convening of the Undergraduate Consortium!
For more than a decade, the Aspen Undergraduate Business Education Consortium has been committed to enhancing the integration of liberal learning into undergraduate business education. As many of you will recall, the Consortium has hosted nine convenings at institutions of higher learning in the United States and abroad. Past hosts include George Washington University, the University of Denver, the University of Richmond, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, the Haas School of Business, Copenhagen Business School, Boston University, and most recently a virtual convening sponsored by Franklin & Marshall, Bucknell University, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Aspen Institute is now taking a supporting role, and the Advisor Board a leading role in organizing future convenings. As members of the Board, we are committed to building on our past, maintaining our momentum, and continuing the effort to rethink, refine, and reinvigorate undergraduate business education.
We are delighted that you are joining our virtual convening and hope you will join us in the effort to move the conversation about liberal learning in undergraduate business education from the margins to the center.
With best regards,
Harris Sondak, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
Anne Greenhalgh, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
*Registration has closed. Please email Christina Nichols for additional information about the day, christina.nichols@eccles.
Agenda for the Day
*Please note: All times are Eastern Daylight Time
11:00 AM–12:00 PM - Session 1: Origin, History, and Future of the Convening
Rachel Reiser (MC), Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Experience & Services, Boston University Questrom School of Business
William M. Sullivan, co-author of Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education and senior fellow at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Claire Preisser, Consultant, the Aspen Institute
Jeffrey Nesteruk, Professor of Legal Studies and Deputy Provost for New Academic Initiatives
Harris Sondak, David Eccles Professor of Business and Ethics at the David Eccles School of Business
Kabrina Krebel Chang, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Clinical Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Markets, Public Policy, and Law Department at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business
12:00–1:00 PM - Session 2: The Importance of Purpose for Business
Anne M. Greenhalgh (moderator), Deputy Executive Director, McNulty Leadership Program; Adjunct Professor of Management, The Wharton School; co-host Leadership in Action, SXM Radio
Colin Mayer, Emeritus Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford
Judy Samuelson, Founder and Executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a Vice President at the Aspen Institute
1:00–1:30 PM: Lunch Break
1:30–2:30 PM - Session 3: The Pandemic--Teaching and Learning Lessons
SMALL GROUP BREAKOUTS
Amy B. David (moderator), Clinical Associate Professor, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
2:30–3:30 PM - Session 4: The Urgency of Now: ESG in the Business Curriculum
Cynthia E. Clark (moderator), Professor of Management and Founding Director, Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance
Richard Pearl, Executive Advisor to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Jennifer Waldner Grant, Chief Sustainability Officer, AIG
3:30–3:45 PM: Break
3:45–4:45 PM - Session 5: What’s Next?
SMALL GROUP BREAKOUTS
William M. Sullivan, co-author of Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education and a senior fellow at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Julie Engerran, Julie Engerran Consulting (moderator)
4:45–5:00 PM: Closing Words
Harris Sondak (host), David Eccles Professor of Business and Ethics at the David Eccles School of Business
Anne M. Greenhalgh (co-host), Deputy Executive Director, McNulty Leadership Program; Adjunct Professor of Management, The Wharton School; co-host Leadership in Action, SXM Radio
Jaime Bettcher is the Senior Program Manager of the Business and Society Program at the Aspen Institute and joined the Business and Society Program in October 2017. In this position, she is focusing on the Program’s Business Education initiatives, including the production of the 2018 Business Education Symposium and the Ideas Worth Teaching Awards.
Jaime is a recent graduate of the MBA program at the Yale School of Management where she concentrated on economic development and urban issues. Prior to this, Jaime began her career in the financial services industry but only after a brief stint at another Aspen-based company, as a lift operator with the Aspen Ski Company. She has seven years of experience working in both the equities & fixed income derivatives markets at Deutsche Bank in London & New York and Nomura Securities in New York. After feeling a call to better align her personal purpose with her career, she then spent two years at New York Road Runners, a 501c3 dedicated to addressing health and character development through physical fitness and road races. Here she oversaw technology projects for NYRR’s youth running programs and the NYC Marathon. Jaime’s interests lie in community development and urban planning with a focus on expanding equality in economic opportunity.
Cynthia E. Clark
Cynthia E. Clark, PhD is a corporate governance and business ethics expert. She regularly conducts training sessions on ethical decision-making, shareholder activism and optimal nominating and governance procedures to senior management teams and boards of directors. She is widely cited in the media on governance issues, including recently in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Forbes, CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg Radio. She is an active member and speaker with the National Association of Corporate Directors, 2020 Women on Boards and the Society for Governance Professionals. She is also the author of Business & Society: Ethical, Legal and Digital Environments (2020). Cynthia is a Professor of Management and Founding Director of the Geneen Institute for Corporate Governance at Bentley University.
Suzanne Dove, PhD, is the founding Executive Director of the Badavas Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at Bentley University. A common thread throughout her career has been her work with executive leaders and teams to foster a culture of innovation and organizational change. Suzanne’s university experience spans teaching, research, outreach, and management roles. She is a higher education strategist and innovator, facilitating design and execution of enterprise-level endeavors in program and curriculum reform, learning technology initiatives, and faculty development.
Prior to joining Bentley University, Suzanne spent 12 years in leadership positions and as an advisor to university executives on educational innovation strategy and implementation at the Wisconsin School of Business (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Suzanne is interested in the intersection of business and liberal arts education and has been a long-time admirer and enthusiastic supporter of the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program, especially its work on undergraduate education. She was co-PI on a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to build connections between humanities and business students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With 20+ years of experience in public sector project management and consulting, Suzanne has a deep understanding of organizational change processes. She holds a PhD in Political and Administrative Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, a Master of Public Administration from New York University, and a BA in European Cultural Studies from Brandeis University.
Julie Engerran has thirty years of leadership experience in business, higher education, and non-profit settings. She founded the corporate responsibility and sustainability function at Deloitte and has advanced the global dialogue on the role of business in society. Now an independent consultant, Julie works with organizations across sectors to develop global leaders and scale societal change initiatives.
Since 2012, she has advised the Aspen Undergraduate Network as well as many individual institutions and faculty across disciplines to re‐think the scope, content and instructional strategies that will re‐shape higher education to promote broader benefits for the world. Julie is a Ph.D. candidate in Sustainability Education at Prescott College and holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in Psychology from Texas Christian University. Julie serves on the Board of Directors of Teaching Matters and is a certified mindfulness meditation instructor.
Anne M. Greenhalgh
Anne M. Greenhalgh is Deputy Executive Director of the Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program and Adjunct Professor of Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her research and publications reflect her dedication to leadership and management education, especially at the undergraduate level.
Kabrina Krebel Chang
Kabrina Krebel Chang is Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Clinical Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics in the Markets, Public Policy, and Law Department at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She teaches Introduction to Business Law, Employment law, and Business, Justice, and Responsibility in the undergraduate program and Business Law in the MBA program. Professor Chang’s research focuses on employment matters, in particular social media and how that impacts employment and management decisions, and on corporate social advocacy. Her work has been published in academic journals, news outlets such at The New York Times, Quartz.com, Bloomberg, and The Boston Globe, and in magazines such as Forbes, Bloomberg, and Harvard Business Review. Professor Chang has won several awards for her teaching and writing. Before her academic career, Professor Chang was a trial lawyer in in private practice.
Colin Mayer CBE FBA is Emeritus Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute, an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford, and he has an Honorary Doctorate from Copenhagen Business School. He is co-chair of the Scottish Government Business Purpose Commission, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse, and he was a member of the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India. He was chairman of Oxera Ltd. between 1986 and 2010 and a director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd between 2013 and 2020. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours. Between 2017 and 2021, he led the British Academy enquiry into “the Future of the Corporation” and his most recent book Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good is published by Oxford University Press.
Wendy Murphy, PhD is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and a Professor of Management at Babson College. She teaches organizational behavior, leadership, and negotiation in the undergraduate and graduate schools, as well as in open enrollment and custom executive education programs. Her research is at the intersection of careers, developmental (mentoring) networks, work-life, and diversity issues. Murphy has published her work in a range of journals, such as Human Resource Management, Gender in Management, Journal of Management, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior, among others. Her book with Dr. Kathy Kram, Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life, bridges mentoring scholarship and practice. She has also written for Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Boston Business Journal. In 2014, she was recognized by Poets & Quants as one of the “40 Most Outstanding B-School Profs Under 40 in the World.”
Jeffrey Nesteruk is a Professor of Legal Studies at Franklin & Marshall College. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he has written widely on corporate law, business ethics, and liberal education. He has previously served as chair of the Department of Business, Organizations, and Society at Franklin & Marshall College and director of the College’s Center for Liberal Arts and Society. In addition to coauthoring two books and his scholarly writing in leading academic journals, he has contributed personal essays to such national publications as the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Philadelphia Inquirer and such higher education venues as the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and has received a Dorsett Fellowship from the Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics at Dartmouth College. He has also served as a Zicklin Research Fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. More recently, he has been part of the Social Science Research Council’s Measuring College Learning Project, coauthoring the Project’s white paper on the future of the business major. His latest foundation work is a Teagle Foundation’s study among Franklin and Marshall College, Bucknell University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania examining how to bring liberal arts content, skills, and pedagogies to the study of business. In 2017, he received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2021, he was appointed as Deputy Provost for New Academic Initiatives. Now, even after 25 years of teaching at F&M, he is enjoying his job as much as ever.
Christina Nichols, Administrative Program Coordinator, Department of Management, David Eccles School of Business, provides support to the more than 20 faculty serving undergraduates, graduate students, and doctoral candidates.
Rick Pearl has over 20 years of corporate experience in environmental, social and governance (ESG) management and reporting, and has established a consulting service to help companies develop or enhance their own programs. He currently serves as an executive adviser to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Pearl was the global corporate responsibility officer for State Street Corporation for 20 years, where he developed ESG programs, policies and reports which helped the company gain recognition on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and other key sustainability benchmarks. Pearl served on the board of the UN Global Compact’s Network USA for five years, including three as chair. He also served on the global advisory committee of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). He currently sits on the board of the Harvard Extension Alumni Association.
Dr. Ray Pfeiffer is Professor of Accounting at Simmons School of Business. He received his doctorate in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his academic career, he worked on the audit staff of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells and earned his CPA. Professor Pfeiffer joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 1994 and served there through 2009 when he joined the faculty at the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU) as Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Department of Accounting and then as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. Immediately prior to arriving at TCU, he served one year as the FASB Research Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk, CT. He joined Simmons University in fall 2019 and served for 18 months as the Director of the School of Business before returning to a faculty role where he teaches various accounting and other courses. His research focuses on the accounting and financial reporting decisions made by reporting entities and the impacts of those decisions on users of financial reports. He has published his work in Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and other outlets.
Claire Preisser is a consultant focused on how the ideas and practices of modern management contribute to human flourishing. She has 20+ years of experience in designing dialogues and programs to advance a more inclusive, just, and sustainable version of capitalism. Claire currently serves as Advisor the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, where she founded and led the Aspen Undergraduate Consortium. Claire’s early career experiences include two years at a boutique management consulting firm that specialized in systems thinking and seven years in direct human service roles with the elderly, women in recovery, and refugees. She holds a BA from The College of William and Mary and an MBA from The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.
Rachel I. Reiser
Rachel I. Reiser is currently the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Experience & Services at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. In a career spanning over 20 years in higher education, Rachel has held positions at several schools including Babson College, Columbia University, the College of Wooster, and Adelphi University. During this time, she has worked directly with students, staff, and with academic curriculum and program development.
Rachel has researched, written, and presented extensively on the demographics and psychographics of the current generations in the workplace, and has presented countless programs on the topic of the multi-generational workplace to a range of audiences including high school and college faculties and administration, Boards of Trustees, professional organizations, corporate industry, and parents of Millennials and Gen Z. She also serves as a consultant to groups and organizations in helping them to consider organizational development and improvement in the age of the multi-generational workplace, focused on intergenerational communication, multigenerational teaming, onboarding best practices, and more. Her book, Millennials on Board: The Impact of the Rising Generation on the Workplace, was published in February 2010.
Eden Sabala serves as the Associate Director of Events and supports the McNulty Leadership Program in a variety of capacities. She is charged with the oversight for the Authors@Wharton speaker series, conferences and other high-profile events sponsored by the McNulty Leadership Program, Lipman Family Prize, and Center for Leadership and Change Management. Eden has over 12 years of experience in event and program management in various university settings from weekly yoga and meditation sessions to presidential campaigns to rock concerts.
Judy Samuelson is the founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a vice president at the Aspen Institute. Judy led a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman’s narrative about profit-maximization to successfully challenge conventional thinking in board rooms and classrooms about the Purpose of the corporation; she produced the Aspen Principles of Long-Term Value Creation to challenge short-termism in business and capital markets; and is promoting a set of Principles designed to disrupt the status quo in boardrooms about the design of CEO pay. Judy’s career spans working in the California State Legislature, banking in New York’s garment center, and directing the Ford Foundation’s exploration of impact investing – the Office of Program-Related Investments. Samuelson writes regularly for Quartz at Work. She is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow and a director of the Financial Health Network.
Harris Sondak is David Eccles Professor of Business and Ethics at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah.
Dr. Sondak’s research has investigated the psychology of allocation decisions including two-party and multi-party negotiations, group process and decisions, procedural justice and ethics, identity, and the philosophy of science. His teaching has included courses on organizational behavior, high performing teams, negotiations, creating and maintaining business relationships, managing conflict in organizations, consulting to non-profits, philosophy of social science, business ethics, culture, and leadership.
Dr. Sondak has served as chair of the Department of Management and Director of the PhD program at the business school at the University of Utah, as Associate Editor of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Learning and Education. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Art Center in Salt Lake City, as town council member and mayor of the Town of Alta, Utah, and as a member of the Central Wasatch Commission and the Board of Directors of the Unified Fire Authority.
Dr. Sondak attended St John’s College, received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and received his MS and PhD in organizational behavior from Northwestern University. Dr. Sondak was a member of the faculty of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and has been a visiting faculty member at IMD, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Columbia University, the Indian School of Business, and the University of California Berkeley.
Jennifer Waldner Grant
Jennifer Waldner Grant is AIG’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the company’s sustainability strategy. She brings 25 years of experience and leadership working on matters related to corporate citizenship and sustainability. Since joining AIG in 2008, she has held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Head of Citizenship for AIG Life and Retirement. Additionally, she served as an Adjunct Professor from 2015-2018 at the University of Houston teaching business communications in the Bauer College of Business Professional MBA Program. Prior to AIG, she spent a decade in citizenship roles at State Street Corporation, including Vice President of the State Street Foundation. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and earned a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University.
William M. Sullivan
William M. Sullivan is the co-author of Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education while a senior fellow at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Sullivan has participated in the Aspen Undergraduate Consortium from its inception as well as The Business of Teaching. In addition to work in the area of liberal learning for business education, he has co-authored several studies of professional education as well as authoring Liberal Learning as a Quest for Purpose. Sullivan holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University and is author or co-author of studies in political theory and cultural sociology, including Habits of the Heart and The Good Society.