Lessons in Leadership: Andrea Jung


Andrea Jung, President and CEO of Grameen America and former head of Avon Products, Inc., joined the Richman Center and Columbia Women in History (CWiB) for a fireside chat. Throughout her career, Ms. Jung has consistently appeared on lists including Fortune magazine's "Most Powerful Women in Business," Forbes magazine's "Most Powerful Women in the World," and Financial Times' "Top Women in World Business." At Grameen America, which has invested over $820 million in low-income women entrepreneurs across the country, she is focused on scaling the organization to solve economic issues for women and their families. Ms. Jung also serves on the boards of Apple, Inc. and Daimler AG.

Moderated by Ariel Gold and Eileen Ng, Co-presidents of CWiB.

April 9, 2018 | Uris Hall, Room 301 | 6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m.

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The Economic Implications of the New Tax Law


  • Michael Graetz—Columbia Alumni Professor of Tax Law
  • Dan Shefter (JD/MBA '93)—recently retired as partner at Goldman Sachs
  • Robert Willens—president of Robert Willens, LLC, and adjunct professor at Columbia Business School

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is currently in force. Its stated purpose is to increase economic growth—but will it? How will taxpayer behaviors and investments change? Will the new system drive growth for all, or just wealth among the wealthy? And will other countries cut their rates to compete?

Moderated by Jesse Greene, Senior Fellow at the Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy

March 26, 2018 | Uris Hall, Room 301 | 6:15 p.m.–7:45 p.m.

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Regulating Cryptocurrencies: The Future of Bitcoin, Ether, and Other Tokens


  • Brian Quintenz—CFTC Commissioner
  • Lee Schneider—Partner, McDermott Will and Emery
  • R.A. Farrokhnia—Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia Business and Engineering Schools
  • Gary DeWaal—Special Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Bitcoin, Ether, and other so-called cryptocurrencies have attracted high public attention. Interest in trading them has intensified, and volatility of price has been breathtaking. What are they, really—commodities or securities? What challenges do market participants face in trading them? Can they become new payment tools and currencies? What is the future of Bitcoin and others? What should governments and regulators do about these developments, and what problems need to be solved? What regulations should be applied, and when?

Moderated by Jesse Greene, Senior Fellow at the Richman Center

February 5, 2018 | Uris Hall, Room 142 | 6:15 p.m.–7:45 p.m.

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Cyber Defense Tools: Limitations and Opportunities


  • Judith Germano—Senior Fellow at the NYU Center for Cybersecurity and NYU Center on Law & Security and Founder, GermanoLaw LLC
  • Timothy Ryan—Principal, Assurance Services, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Matthew Waxman—Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and the faculty chair of the National Security Law Program at Columbia Law School

Cyber defense tools are not bullet proof; announced data losses prove that all too frequently. But, if implemented correctly, what protection can they provide? What improvements are researchers working on? Will we ever have reliable technical defenses against cyber-crime? We will explore these questions, and discuss the additional responsibilities placed on corporate boards, corporate executives, elected government officials and administrators as a result of the imperfections of these tools. Join us and find out how vulnerable we all are and what our leaders should be doing.

Moderated by Jesse Greene, Senior Fellow at the Richman Center.

November 20, 2017 | Uris Hall, Room 142 | 6:15 p.m.–7:45 p.m.

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Conversation with Sheelah Kolhatkar, Author of Black Edge


Hedge fund legend Steven A. Cohen versus the Feds. The Feds win the first round, but Cohen will soon be back in the game. This is the story in Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street.

Author Sheelah Kolhatkar relives the challenges faced by federal prosecutors to shut down insider trading by Steven Cohen’s hedge fund S.A.C. Capital. Cohen, a secretive, intense, and highly successful trader, made billions for himself and his investors from short term investments and trading; that is, until Preet Baharara and his New York team of prosecutors found an angle to shut down S.A.C. to investors. Join us and hear the story of Cohen and his associates, how they succeeded for years, and how the government almost stopped Cohen for good.

October 30, 2017 | Uris Hall, Room 142 | 6:15 p.m.–7:45 p.m.

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