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NY: Utopian Dreams: Early Experiments in Corporate Social Responsibility

  • March 10, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Baruch College/CUNY, Zicklin School of Business, Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity - 151 E. 25th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues), Room 750

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During the late 19th and early 20th Century, American business experimented with many kinds of relationships between the company and its employees. Ironically, the boldest attempts at improving the lives of workers were often followed by the most bitter labor disputes. Marc Hodak of NYU Stern will discuss several of these experiments, including Pullman, Vandergrift, and Hershey, to illustrate the lessons learned by the would-be reformers, and how they might inform the CSR movement today.

    6 pm - 6:30 pm - Registration and Mingling Reception
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm - Presentation and Q & A


MARC HODAK is the founder of Hodak Value Advisors. In his 20+ years as a consultant, Mr. Hodak has advised over 100 firms around the world, public and private, in diverse industries such as telecommunications, transportation, aerospace, manufacturing, and consumer services. He has been an adjunct professor of corporate governance at NYU’s Stern School of Business since 2004, and is recognized by the largest institutional investors in the world as a thought leader on how to evaluate compensation governance.

Before founding HVA, Mr. Hodak was a senior project manager at Stern Stewart & Co. where he led value-based management implementations and related projects, as well as their effort to create alternate delivery of intellectual capital to clients. The latter included development of interactive training on value-based management principles and applications used in 17 countries around the world. Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Hodak was a Chairman’s Award winning manager of a $100 million per year business unit at Conrail. His strategies for more customer-focused network operations, terminal placement and expansion, equipment technology, and logistics information systems, profitably grew market share in a mature automotive industry by over 20 percentage points in two years.

Marc is an accomplished author and blogger who has published in both academic journals and popular magazines on topics such as corporate governance, executive compensation, and managerial incentives. Mr. Hodak has also spoken at conferences throughout the world on managing for shareholder value and has taught seminars on finance and compensation issues at Wharton and MIT. Besides teaching at NYU, he is also a regular visiting lecturer at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Mr. Hodak holds an MBA degree in Finance from the Wharton School and a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. He also passed the Bar exam in Patent Law.

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