At Columbia Business School, one of our great strengths is our ability to attract world-class leaders to campus to share their ideas and experience with the next generation of business innovators. The David and Lyn Silfen Leadership Series is central to this effort. The series is an unparalleled learning opportunity for the entire School community, as renowned figures come to share cutting-edge ideas, leadership styles, and personal philosophies with our students and faculty members.

As such, these exchanges provide a distinct competitive advantage for Columbia. They can be beneficial for your firm, as well. Take advantage of this unique opportunity by partaking in an open dialogue with us and cement your firm’s reputation for leadership.

Past Silfen Leadership Series Speakers

Keith Banks ’81

  • President, US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth

Carlos Brito

  • CEO, ABInBev

Dominic Barton

  • Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

Lord John Browne

  • Group Chief Executive, BP Global

Ken Buckfire ’87 and Kevyn Orr

  • Emergency Manager, City of Detroit

Arnold Chavkin ’77

  • Managing Director, Pine Brook Road Partners, LLC

Kenneth Chenault

  • CEO, American Express

Richard B. Clark

  • Chairman, Brookfield Properties

Leon Cooperman ’67

  • Chairman and CEO, Omega Advisors

Clay Creasey

  • Chief Financial Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Barry Diller

  • Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC

Jamie Dimon

  • Chairman of the Board and CEO, JPMorgan Chase

Laurence D. Fink

  • Chairman and CEO, BlackRock

Carly Fiorina

  • Former CEO, Hewlett-Packard

Carlos Ghosn

  • CEO, Nissan Motor Company

James Gorman ’87

  • Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley

Alex Gorsky

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, Johnson & Johnson

Davide Grasso

  • President and CEO, Converse

Douglas Haynes

  • President, Point72 Asset Management

Edward J. Heffernan '86

  • President and CEO, Alliance Data Systems

Martina Hund-Mejean

  • Chief Financial Officer, MasterCard

James W. Keyes ’80

  • CEO, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets
  • Chairman, Wild Oats LLC

Catherine Kinney

  • Former President, New York Stock Exchange

Wendy Kopp

  • CEO and Co-Founder, Teach for All

Henry Kravis ’69

  • Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, KKR

Rochelle B. Lazarus ’70

  • Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather

Richard LeFrak ’98

  • Chairman, LeFrak Organization

David Levin

  • President and CEO, McGraw Hill Education

John Martin ’94

  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Time Warner

Gail McGovern ’87

  • CEO, American Red Cross

Ken Moelis

  • President, UBS Investment Bank

Anne Moore

  • CEO, Time, Inc.

Anne Mulcahy

  • Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation

Vikram S. Pandit PhD ’86

  • Chairman, TGG Group

Dick Parsons

  • Chairman and CEO, Time Warner, Inc.

Peter G. Peterson

  • Co-Founder, Blackstone

Ian Read

  • CEO, Pfizer

Paolo Rocca

  • Chairman and CEO, Tenaris

Stephen Roth

  • CEO, Vornado Realty Trust

Robert Rubin

  • Chairman of Executive Committee, Citigroup, Inc; Former US Secretary of the Treasury

William Rudin

  • President, Rudin Management

Stephen A. Schwarzman

  • Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder, Blackstone

Keith Sherin ’91

  • Vice Chairman and CEO, General Electric

Robert K. Steel

  • CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners

David Stern

  • Former Commissioner, National Basketball Association

Henry Swieca ’82

  • Co-Founder, Highbridge Capital Management
  • Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Talpion Fund Management LP

Craig B. Thompson

  • President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Tracey Travis ’86

  • CFO, Estee Lauder

Jack Welch

  • Former CEO, General Electric Company

Robert Wilmers

  • CEO, M&T Bank

Bob Wright

  • Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric Company; Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal, Inc.

Richard Saul Wurman

  • Founder, TED

Sam Zell

  • Chairman and CEO, Equity Group Investments, Tribune Company


For more information on the Silfen Leadership Series, please contact:

Quadri Olanlege, Assistant Director, Student Engagement and Corporate Relations.
Phone: 212-854-1153
E-mail: [email protected]