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  •  Conference to Gather Top Minds in Corporate Social Responsibility & Socially Responsible Investing

    Tuesday, May. 4, 2010 4:55 PM

    Some of the nation’s top experts in corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing will gather May 14 and 15 at Santa Clara University, to discuss the benefits of elevating ethical values for corporations and investors.
    The conference, titled “The Value of Values: Social Investing and Corporate Social Responsibility,” will be held Fri., May 14 (from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Sat., May 15 (from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m), in Lucas Hall at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA.

    “The Value of Values” conference is the signature event of the Santa Clara Initiative for Financial Innovation and Risk Management (SCIFIRM), a multiyear project focused on ethical financial innovation and responsible risk management. SCIFIRM was formed after the international financial crisis that began in late 2008, as an effort to leverage SCU’s institutional expertise in areas such as behavioral finance, risk management, and private equity with the University’s focus on ethics, justice, and compassion.

    Seating is limited to 100 participants and a block of seats has been set aside for the general public and financial practitioners. Tickets are $300 and include all conference meals and materials. More information and the link to online registration is found at

    A rare lineup of speakers from North America and Europe is scheduled to attend and present results of their research at the conference. For instance, three of the four authors of industry papers demonstrating long-term performance benefits from socially responsible investing will be on hand to discuss their research.
    “Since the financial meltdown, more and more companies and individuals are realizing that promoting responsible behavior is integral to good business and investing choices,” said Sanjiv Das, chair of the department of finance at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and a director of SCIFIRM. “This conference will give SCU students and industry leaders alike the chance to hear what the top minds in values-based finance have to say.”

    Speakers will include corporate social responsibility experts Brad Barber of UC Davis, and Kellie McElhaney of UC Berkeley, as well as behavioral finance pioneers Hersh Shefrin and Meir Statman of Santa Clara University. A full list of speakers can be found at

    Topics to be covered at the event include Is Good Governance Valuable?; Just Good Business: CSR in Practice; and Impact Investing and Behavioral Finance.  A full agenda is available at

    Media Contact:
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Assistant Media Relations Director | 408-554-5121 |



  •  Women in Business Conference Explores Adaptability, Innovation

    Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010 4:06 PM

    Virgin America Senior Vice President Holly Nelson will address about 250 business professionals on Saturday, April 17, as the keynote speaker for the annual Santa Clara University Women in Business conference. 

    The day-long event begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, Calif., and will include sessions with entrepreneurs, social media marketing specialists, and workplace diversity consultants.

    “With the tumultuous economic cycle we have experienced over the last few years we want to highlight how to thrive in any kind of environment,” said Adelene Gallego Ramos, marketing vice president of Women in Business, a graduate student group in the University’s Leavey School of Business. “Our conference focus on ‘Adaptability and Innovation’ will help business leaders adjust to rapidly changing conditions.”

    The Women in Business conference, in its eighth year, also features presentations by Jeannie Kahwajy, CEO of Effective Interactions, and Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, as well as Mary Furlong, Dean’s Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Santa Clara University Business School, and Radha Basu, co-founder of Anudip Foundation and managing director of the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

    As an airline industry veteran, keynote speaker Nelson has more than 20 years’ experience in adapting and innovation. She became senior vice president and chief financial officer at Virgin America in April 2009 and is responsible for the new California-based airline’s financial operations, including treasury, tax, procurement and fleet planning. She has served in leadership roles at XOJET, Inc., Eos Airlines, JetBlue, Republic Airlines, and Northwestern Airlines. A Certified Public Accountant, she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair.

    Conference registration and more information about the Women in Business gathering can be found at The event is open to men and women, with many issues relevant to all business people.


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