Programs & Events

The center helps students gain exposure to new areas of interest and customize their experience at Tuck.

The Center for Business, Government & Society offers out of the classroom learning opportunities throughout the academic year for students to explore and deepen their understanding of social, political, and economic issues facing the 21st century global economy. Below is a list of upcoming and past events offered by the center as well as descriptions of the various co-curricular programs available to students.

Events

Learning Outside the Classroom

Business & Society Conference

The Center for Business, Government & Society supports Tuck’s annual student-led Business & Society Conference that brings together leaders from a wide range of fields to discuss the important role that business leaders can play in creating a more sustainable world.

Halpern Lecture

The annual Ariel Halpern Lecture on Ethics and Social Responsibility presents prominent individuals who have exemplified principled business leadership in their work and life. Tom Linebarger, the Chairman and CEO of Cummins, gave this year’s Halpern Lecture while visiting campus for Professor Curt Welling’s Business & Society mini course. During the Halpern Lecture, Linebarger shared how he brings his personal values and a global mindset to leadership and decision-making. The emphasis on diversity and inclusion is what first attracted Linebarger to the company over twenty years ago. With manufacturing happening on six continents, Cummins has to think critically about how to create a unifying company culture while existing in so many locations. Linebarger stressed the importance of balancing global expansion with adherence to the core values that hold the business together. “The how,” he said, “matters as much as the what.” Read more about this year's Halpern Lecture.

Killingstad Global Insights

This series of on-campus talks, features senior executives and global leaders interacting with the Tuck community on issues at the intersection of business and government. This program is made possible by a generous donation from Bernt Killingstad T'86, the Managing Director at Lincoln Property Company.

Negotiating Ethics

In the fall of 2012, former Enron CFO Andy Fastow spoke to Tuck students about the origins of Enron's bankruptcy. His comments got Andrew Miller T'14 thinking about ethics in business. Inspired, Andrew started a series called "Negotiating Ethics", in partnership with the former Center for Business & Society, now Center for Business, Government & Society. The Negotiating Ethics discussion series allows students to safely explore, outside the classroom and in intimate conversations with their peers, the complexity and nuance of business ethics and develop their personal values and sense of responsibility. Past series discussions have included Ethics and Incentives in Health Care with Professor William Nelson; Good Ethics is Good Business with Bill McNabb D’79, CEO and Chairman of the Vanguard Group; The Ethics of Free Trade with Dean Matt Slaughter and economics professors Emily Blanchard and Erin Mansur; and Unilever in Brazil: Marketing at the Base of the Pyramid with Professors Peter Golder and Ellie Kyung.

Small Group Discussions

The Center for Business, Government & Society facilitates small group discussions with business executives, alumni practitioners, and social sector leaders in conjunction with courses, providing students with opportunities to explore and advance their learning and career aspirations and building a foundation for further inquiry and collaboration. Past discussions have included:

  • The Education Reform Ecosystem: Policy, Stakeholders and Impact with Tom Madjanics, T’04, Executive Director and CEO, KIPP Jacksonville
  • The Business of Human Rights: How GoodWeave is Helping to Stop Child Labor in the Carpet Industry and Beyond with Stephanie Odegard, Co-Founder; Nina Smith, Executive Director; and Eric Edmonds, Dartmouth Economics Professor and Board Member
  • Fostering a Positive Work-Life Balance with Doris Meister, President of US Markets—Tri-State, BNY Mellon
  • Measuring What Matters: Education Success Metrics with Tiffany Cooper Gueye, CEO, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
  • Climate Change and the Road Ahead: Perspectives on Business and the Environment from the Frontlines of a Global Nonprofit Organization with Corey Brinkema, D’86, President, Forest Stewardship Council
  • Pay-for-Success: Investing for Greater Impact with Jeff Shumway, Vice President of Advisory Services, Social Finance
  • Corporate Disclosures and Resource Stewardship with Marcus Norton, T’09, Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Impact Investing, Nonprofit Consulting and other Career Paths for Making a Difference with Bob Searle, T’96, Partner, New Profit
  • Above the Legal Limit: Celestial Seasonings and Quality Control with Peter Burns, former CEO of Celestial Seasonings
  • Meaningful Service: Volunteering on Nonprofit Boards with Maureen Curley, Commissioner of the State of Massachussets
Visiting Executives

Throughout the year, as part of the effort to integrate further debate on ethics and corporate responsibility into the MBA curriculum, the Center for Business, Government & Society hosts visiting executives from the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Guests articulate the real challenges of balancing multiple needs in an ever-changing landscape that includes corporate social responsibility practices, environmental impact, international development perspectives, and social entrepreneurship successes. A sample of recent Center-hosted visitors include:

  • Debi Brooks T'86, Executive Vice Chairman, Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • Dan Bross, Senior Director, Global Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
  • Cynthia Carroll, CEO, Anglo American
  • Sandy Cutler T'75, Chairman and CEO, Eaton Corporation
  • Patrick Gaston, President, Verizon Foundation
  • Jon Iwata, Senior VP of Marketing & Communications, IBM Corp
  • Bill McNabb, President and CEO, Vanguard
  • Diarmuid O'Connell D'86, Vice President, Business Development, Tesla
  • Maria Otero, former Under Secretary, Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, U.S. Department of State; and former CEO, ACCION International
  • Gregory Page, Executive Chairman of the Board, Cargill
  • Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Investors
  • Dan Reicher, Director, Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, Google
  • John Replogle, President and CEO, Seventh Generation Inc.
  • Jennifer Rushmore, Global Sustainability Leader, Beauty & Grooming Division, Procter & Gamble
  • Peter Solmssen, Former Head of Corporate Legal & Compliance and Executive Vice President, Siemens AG
  • John Taft, CEO, RBC Wealth Management, US
  • Salil Tripathi T’85, Director of Policy, Institute for Human Rights & Business
  • Bobbi Silten, Chief Foundation Officer, Gap Foundation
  • Vincent Stanley, Acting Vice President of Marketing, Patagonia
  • Steve Voigt T'86, President and CEO, King Arthur Flour
  • Curt Welling T'77, President & CEO, AmeriCares
  • Andrew Winston, author, Green to Gold and The Big Pivot
UN Climate Change Talks

Climate change issues have a powerful impact on decisions made by businesses around the world. While attending climate change talks, students learn from the perspectives of other conference attendees from around the globe and share their experiences with the Tuck School of Business and the greater Dartmouth community upon their return.

Upper Valley Nonprofit Exchange

In partnership with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation, Tuck convenes local nonprofit organizations a few times each year for education and networking opportunities. It supports the local nonprofit sector by providing knowledge, learning and connections. Sample topics include entrepreneurial fundraising, leadership, and board oversight.