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Monday, February 25th, 2013
In the wake of Enron and other corporate scandals, business schools across the nation have put a much greater emphasis on the teaching of ethics, but in a talk at the A. B. Freeman School of Business last Friday (Feb. 22), James S. Turley, chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, said those efforts can only go so far.
“I’m not sure whether in a university you can teach ethics,” Turley told a packed audience in Dixon Hall on Tulane’s Uptown campus. “My guess is if someone doesn’t have it by the time they come here, it’s going to be really hard to convince them they should have it.
James S. Turley, center, chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, discussed global ethics as featured speaker at the 20th annual Burkenroad Symposium.
“I am fairly convinced you can un-teach ethics,” he quickly added. “If you’re in an environment where someone comes in and they think, ‘I play by the rules,’ and they see everyone around them cheating, you can un-teach it pretty quickly.”
Turley discussed integrity, ethics and transparency in a global business environment as the featured speaker at the Burkenroad Institute’s 20th annual Symposium on Business and Society. Joining Turley for a wide-ranging conversation on business ethics were Adrienne Colella, director of the Burkenroad Institute; Daryl G. Byrd, president and CEO of Iberiabank; James M. Lapeyre Jr., president of Laitram; and Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School.
To help prevent the “un-teaching” of ethics, Turley said organizations must endeavor to create a culture of integrity from the top down, but just as importantly, those organizations need to put systems into place to ensure that their commitment to ethical conduct is being met on a daily basis.
“It’s not just training and culture,” Turley said. “It’s holding people accountable and doing so in ways that are measurable. It’s really important to hold business unit leaders and practice leaders accountable for an array of cultural [objectives], not just for revenue growth and profitability.”
In today’s business environment, with centers of economic power shifting to new countries and new cultures, Turley said it’s even more critical for companies to develop a global set of values and a global code of conduct.
“People coming out of universities today want to be in an organization that has strong standards and a clear sense of purpose,” said Turley. “If you do not have something that unites the many different cultures that are present in your workforce, you’re going to lose some of the best talent and you’re going to be at the scene of many more train wrecks than you’d like to be at the scene of.”
And while Turley may have some doubts about the ability to teach ethics in business school, he said there’s still much that universities can do to help prospective managers avoid unethical behavior.
“In any kind of ethics, fraud or corruption issue, there’s always a combination of pressure to do something wrong, opportunity to do something wrong and then the need to justify why you did something wrong,” Turley said. “I would encourage places like Tulane to continue to help people understand this intersection—the triangle of pressure, opportunity and justification—because it’s real.”
The Burkenroad Symposium was just one of several events at the Freeman School that Turley participated in. He also attended a breakfast with faculty, alumni and local business leaders prior to the symposium, and he joined students for a luncheon workshop on business ethics immediately following the symposium.
“Jim Turley leads a huge global professional services organization and is one of the most astute leaders I know,” said Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon. “It was a very special honor to have him join us and share his experiences and expertise with our students and faculty.”
To see photos from the Burkenroad Institute’s 20th annual Symposium on Business and Society, visit the Freeman School’s Flickr site.
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Attorney Ira Sorkin (A&S ’65), best known for representing notorious Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, took some time from his busy schedule to speak to Prof. Mike Hogg’s undergraduate business law class on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Attorney Ira Sorkin (A&S ’65), left, best known for representing Bernie Madoff, spoke about his career and representing Madoff as a special guest lecturer in Prof. Mike Hogg’s business law class.
Sorkin attended Tulane on a track and field scholarship and majored in English, but it was a Newcomb College political science course on the Supreme Court that inspired him to pursue a legal career. After serving as a summer intern with U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, Sorkin spent three years as a trial attorney with the Securities & Exchange Commission in New York and five years with the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York, serving as Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, where he prosecuted federal violations from organized crime to securities fraud. Today, Sorkin is a member of Lowenstein Sandler, a New Jersey-based law firm, where he specializes in white collar defense.
As for representing clients such as Madoff, Sorkin told students that his role as a defense attorney isn’t to pass judgement, prove his client’s innocence or even to determine the truth. Rather, he said, it’s to uphold the Constitution by forcing the U.S. government to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Sorkin was on campus to speak as part of the John J. Witmeyer III Dean’s Colloquium series, which invites distinguished alumni of Newcomb-Tulane College back to campus to discuss their careers and professions. Sorkin’s presentation took place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Woldenberg Art Center’s Freeman Auditorium.
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
Tulane University celebrates Homecoming 2012 next month, and as part of that celebration, the Freeman School is sponsoring a number of special events for business alumni.
Chef Brian Landry of Borgne will be on hand to serve his acclaimed Louisiana cuisine at the Freeman School’s tailgating party on Saturday, Nov. 3.
On Friday, Nov. 2, Freeman will host an Open House, Tour and Q&A with Dean Ira Solomon from 4 – 5 p.m. in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II. If you haven’t been to campus lately, it’s a great chance to catch up with Freeman, see our facilities and learn about some of the exciting things going on.
Then, on Saturday, Nov. 3, join us for tailgating at the Freeman School tent in Champions Square at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome prior to the Tulane-Rice football game. This year’s tailgating party honors the BBA/BSM classes of ’62, ’67, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02, and ’07, but all alumni of the Freeman School are invited.
In the last few years, it’s become a Freeman tradition to invite some of the top chefs in New Orleans to provide food for our tailgating party, and this year is no exception. Joining us will be Brian Landry, executive chef of Borgne, the newest member of the John Besh Restaurant Group, who will be serving his acclaimed Louisiana cuisine in the Freeman School tent from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Those activities are in addition to Tulane’s long list of university-wide events, including a Town Hall with President Scott Cowen, the Helluva Hullabaloo Auction and Party, and the Wave ’12 All-Alumni Reunion Party and Concert featuring the Rebirth Brass Band.
For more information and to register for events, visit http://tulane.edu/homecoming or contact Rhonda Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 862-8470
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
From the NBA All-Star Game and the BCS College Football Championship to the NCAA Men’s Final Four and the Super Bowl, New Orleans has in the last four years reemerged as one of the nation’s leading destinations for major sporting events.
A panel of local sports officials said greater collaboration has helped New Orleans reemerge as one of the nation’s leading destinations for major sporting events. From left, Mark Romig, Jay Cicero, Rick Dickson, Dennis Lauscha and Doug Thornton.
At the 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum, which took place on Friday (Sept. 28) at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, a panel of local sports officials said that impressive post-Katrina run isn’t an accident.
“I can think back five or six years ago to conversations that all of us here had in terms of what can our industry do to impact and contribute to the recovery of our state,” said panelist Rick Dickson, Tulane athletics director. “It’s been very gratifying to help to facilitate these events.”
Joining Dickson for the panel discussion of sports and economic development were Dennis Lauscha, president of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Hornets; Doug Thornton, senior vice president of SMG, the management company for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the New Orleans Arena; and Jay Cicero, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. Mark Romig, president and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., moderated the session.
Increased collaboration has been a big factor in attracting major sporting events to the city, but an even bigger factor may be the city itself. According to the panelists, no other city in the nation features world-class venues and abundant hotel rooms within walking distance of a hospitality center like the French Quarter.
That compact footprint enables the city to save millions in hosting expenses. While Super Bowls in Indianapolis and Dallas cost upwards of $35 million, New Orleans is hosting Super Bowl XLVII for about $13.5 million.
“The reason we can do that is because of our footprint and because of everyone working together,” said Lauscha. “It’s really amazing when you think we’re going to have one of the best Super Bowls, and we’re going to do it for about a third of the cost of Dallas.”
With the title “Scoring Big: Building on Business Victories,” this year’s forum had a sports theme. In addition to the panel discussion, Tulane President Scott Cowen delivered a sobering presentation on the state of intercollegiate athletics, an institution facing serious obstacles in the form of increased commercialism, challenges to amateurism, questions of integrity, a lack of financial sustainability and concerns over player safety.
Carl J. Schramm, president of Schramm & Co. and former president of the Kauffman Foundation, discussed ways to make American capitalism more entrepreneurial as this year’s keynote luncheon speaker.
“The current system is not sustainable in its current form,” Cowen said. “I want to be proven wrong. I believe very strongly in the value of intercollegiate athletics in the higher education community. I would just like to make sure that it’s sustainable and that it represents the values that we always envisioned for intercollegiate athletics.”
Delivering the keynote addresses this year were Carl J. Chaney, president and CEO of Whitney Bank, who discussed Hancock Holding Co.’s acquisition of the venerable New Orleans bank in 2010, and Carl J. Schramm, president of Schramm & Co. and former president of the Kauffman Foundation, whose luncheon keynote talk addressed ways to make American capitalism more entrepreneurial.
The program also included presentations by Beth A. Brooke, global vice chair of public policy with Ernst & Young, who discussed the potential impacts of the presidential election on business, and John C. Sheptor, former president and CEO of Imperial Sugar Co., who talked about how he repositioned Imperial for new products and markets.
The Tulane Business Forum is an annual presentation of the A. B. Freeman School of Business and the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA).
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Cindy Fornelli, executive director of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), discussed the state of financial reporting, public company auditing and the role of the CAQ in a special lecture at Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.
Fornelli’s presentation, “The Path Forward: The Center for Audit Quality and the Quality of Financial Reporting,” took place on Monday, Sept. 17, in Goldring/ Woldenberg Hall II.
Fornelli is one of the nation’s leaders in the area of public company auditing policy. As executive director of the Center for Audit Quality, Fornelli heads an organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets by fostering high-quality performance by public company auditors. The CAQ also collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity and responsiveness to market conditions.
In her talk, Fornelli discussed the mission of the CAQ and fielded questions from students on everything from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) to her thoughts what effect the presidential election is likely to have on the accounting world.
The lecture culminated a busy day at Tulane for Fornelli. In addition to her presentation, she spoke to two small groups of students and met with Freeman School faculty members in addition to a lunchtime meeting with executives from local accounting firms.
“We were delighted to bring a leader from the world of accountancy to campus,” said Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School. “Cindy understands auditing policy better than almost anyone, and judging from the enthusiastic response of our students, I think it’s clear her talk contributed greatly to their understanding of this important aspect of accounting.”
Prior to leading the Center for Audit Quality, Fornelli was the regulatory and conflicts management executive at Bank of America. In that role, she was responsible for managing enterprise-wide conflicts that potentially could arise from the bank’s delivery of multiple products and services across several business divisions, particularly those related to securities regulation.
Before joining Bank of America, Fornelli was deputy director of the Division of Investment Management of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where she was responsible for implementing SEC policy, rule and regulations in the investment company and investment advisory industries.
Friday, June 8th, 2012
Nationally recognized entrepreneurship expert Carl J. Schramm and Hancock Holding Co. President and CEO Carl Chaney highlight a distinguished lineup of speakers on tap for the 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum.
Carl J. Schramm
The forum, an annual presentation of the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA), will take place on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
“This year’s forum, ‘Scoring Big: Building on Business Victories,’ highlights recent economic successes in the greater New Orleans region,” says David Kearney (MBA ’08), forum chair. “We’re excited to explore the idea of making American capitalism more entrepreneurial with keynote speaker Carl Schramm, and with other presentations on sports-related economic development, public policy and politics, and the regional banking sector, we hope to help attendees better understand how these business victories might impact their own organizations and activities.”
Schramm is a leading authority on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. As president of the Kauffman Foundation for 10 years, Schramm built the organization into the world’s premier foundation dedicated to the development of high-growth firms and understanding the role they play in economic growth.
Chaney has served as CEO and director of Hancock Holding Co., the parent company of Hancock Bank, since 2006 and as president since 2008. In 2011, he guided Hancock through its acquisition of Whitney Holding Co., parent company of Whitney Bank.
This year’s forum will also feature a panel discussion on sports and economic development with Jay Cicero, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation; Rick Dickson, director of athletics at Tulane University; Doug Thornton, senior vice president of SMG; and Hugh Weber, president of the New Orleans Hornets.
In addition, Beth A. Brooke, global vice chair of public policy at Ernst & Young, will discuss public policy, politics and business; John C. Sheptor, president and CEO of Imperial Sugar Co., will discuss repositioning to create value, and Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University, will discuss the state of intercollegiate athletics.
The 33rd annual Tulane Business Forum is sponsored by Whitney Bank and the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. For more information and to register online, visit http://www.tulanebusinessforum.com.
Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business will honor Jerry M. Greenbaum (BBA ’62) as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year and Jay Altman as Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2012 Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Award Gala, which will take place on Friday, April 13, at the Audubon Tea Room.
The Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship presents the awards each year to highlight outstanding entrepreneurs in the community. The Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of Year Award honors individuals who embody the true spirit of entrepreneurship and philanthropic generosity, while the Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes individuals dedicated to improving the community through entrepreneurial initiatives. Ira Solomon, dean of the Freeman School, and John Elstrott, executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute, will present the awards.
Greenbaum is chairman of CentraArchy Affiliates, a family-owned business that includes upscale restaurants, retail alcohol outlets and industrial real estate companies throughout the Southeast. Last year, he opened his latest restaurant, the acclaimed Chophouse New Orleans steakhouse, to be closer to Tulane and New Orleans. Greenbaum and his wife, Barbara Axelrod Greenbaum (N ’63), are lifelong supporters of Tulane University. They played a pivotal role in the construction of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II, the business school’s center for graduate and executive education, in 2003, and they provided significant support for new facilities for baseball, basketball and football in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In 2011, Greenbaum joined the Board of Tulane and donated the lead gift to develop a hospitality curriculum at the Freeman School. In addition to his business pursuits, Greenbaum is a stand-out golfer with more than 50 Senior Amateur tournament wins to his credit. He has been ranked as high as the No. 2 Senior Amateur by Golf Digest, and in 2004, he was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. Jerry and Barbara Greenbaum have three adult children, Gregory, Tracey and Jeffrey, and eight grandchildren.
Altman is co-founder and CEO of FirstLine Schools, a charter organization that seeks to create and inspire great open-enrollment public schools in New Orleans. FirstLine currently operates five open-enrollment public charter schools in the city, including Samuel J. Green Charter School, Arthur Ashe Charter School, John Dibert Community School, Langston Hughes Academy, and Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School. Since 1990, Altman has partnered with like-minded parents and educators to provide quality educational opportunities for students in New Orleans public schools. He taught in the city for several years before co-founding New Orleans Charter Middle School. He was also a founder of James Lewis Extension School, New Orleans Outreach, New Orleans Summerbridge and Leading Educators. He served as director of education for London-based ARK schools from 2005 to 2008, where he helped develop a network of British academies, charter-like schools located in complex urban environments in the U.K. He also was instrumental in establishing two training programs there: Future Leaders, a training program for aspiring principals of open-admission schools, and Teaching Leaders, a training program for mid-level school leadership.
The Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship (LRI) inspires and trains prospective entrepreneurs through coursework, community service projects and internships. Students have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty members, network with a regional board of entrepreneurs and participate in a student-based entrepreneurial association which provides a training ground for business development. In 2011, the Freeman School’s entrepreneurship program was ranked 14th in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine/The Princeton Review.
For more information about the Entrepreneurs of the Year and the Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Awards Gala, contact Lina Alfieri Stern at 504-865-5455 or Lina.AlfieriStern@tulane.edu.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
Join the Tulane Association of Business Alumni (TABA) on Thursday, March 15, at 5 p.m. for a Tulane Entrepreneurship Showcase and Networking Happy Hour at the New Orleans BioInnovation Center.
The showcase and happy hour culminates New Orleans Entrepreneur Week’s Tulane Day, a new program of the week-long entrepreneurship festival designed to highlight some of Tulane University’s most promising technologies, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship initiatives. The centerpiece of Tulane Day is the Tulane Challenge, in which seven Tulane-based entrepreneurs will pitch their ventures to a distinguished panel of Tulane alums with a $50,000 prize on the line. The winner of the Tulane Challenge will be announced during the event.
The Tulane Entrepreneurship Showcase and Networking Happy Hour is co-hosted by TABA, the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, Tulane Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives, the Tulane Office of Technology Transfer and the Idea Village.
For more information or to RSVP, contact Rhonda A. Brown at 504-862-8470 or email@example.com.
Saturday, February 11th, 2012
If there was an overriding theme at this year’s Burkenroad Symposium, “Taming the Dragon: The Ethics of Doing Business in the World of Social Media,” panelist David Vinjamuri summed it up best.
Burkenroad Institute Director Adrienne Colella, left, with panelist David Vinjamuri. Vinjamuri emphasized the importance of ethics in social media at this year’s symposium. Photos by Cheryl Gerber.
“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” said Vinjamuri, founder of ThirdWay Brand Trainers and “Brand Truth” columnist for Forbes magazine. “There are many things that are perfectly legal and not at all ethical.”
Vinjamuri was one of three national experts who took on the topic of ethics and social media for this year’s symposium. Joining Vinjamuri were Michelle Sherman, a Los Angeles-based attorney who specializes in social media law, and Chris Weil, global chairman and CEO of New York-based marketing firm Momentum Worldwide. Laila Morcos, senior account public relations executive at Peter A. Mayer Advertising, moderated the discussion.
The symposium, an annual presentation of the Freeman School’s Burkenroad Institute, took place on Friday (Feb. 10) in Dixon Hall.
Vinjamuri cited a laundry list of ethical and legal transgressions committed by businesses in their social media activities, everything from secretly sponsoring bloggers to write about their companies to creating phony review sites to hype their products. Invariably, Vinjamuri said, those misdeeds come back to bite those businesses.
Attorney Michelle Sherman discussed some of the legal issues of social media.
“It’s not okay to assume that you can influence people in a way that you wouldn’t be comfortable with if everyone knew,” Vinjamuri said. “The only thing that is of value is your reputation as a company, as a brand or as an individual, and all those things will be gone if you misbehave.”
Despite social media’s reputation as the Wild Wild West, Sherman said many of the laws governing offline business conduct also apply to social media. For example, employers can’t enforce social media policies that punish employees for engaging in protected activities — such as criticizing a manager or complaining about working conditions — on a personal Facebook page.
“If you have a social media policy, you don’t want it to be overbroad,” Sherman said. “We’ve seen companies fire employees that they then had to rehire because they fired them based on protected activity.”
Weil closed things out with a discussion of how social media is changing intellectual property models, and he also got the biggest laugh of the morning by making his point via YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson.
Marketing executive Chris Weil, left, and panel moderator Laila Morcos. Weil said social media is transforming traditional intellectual property models.
Dodson, a resident of Huntsville, Ala., became an Internet celebrity after his interview with a local TV news crew about an intruder who broke into his home went viral. Weil showed a clip of Dodson’s original interview and then a clip of “Bed Intruder Song,” a recording and video by Brooklyn band the Gregory Brothers that sampled Dodson’s impassioned rant to hilarious effect.
Instead of simply appropriating Dodson’s voice for their own financial gain, the band reached out to Dodson and signed an agreement to split all proceeds from the song with him. Weil said that philosophy, one in which social media participants share credit and profits, will become the new standard.
“They did the brilliant thing,” Weil explained. “They said, ‘Hey, we didn’t write these lyrics. We added value to something that happened, and we’re going to share, 50-50, all the proceeds with the person that did.’
“That’s how things are going to be going forward. The co-creation model.”