On May 4, 2016, the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics marked the 10-year anniversary of its launch. Made possible by a generous gift from Robert ’60 and Judy Winston, the Winston Center has developed a community for scholars, practitioners, and students focused on teaching and learning about global and interdisciplinary perspectives on leadership and ethics in business and society.
As we embark on a new decade of programming, the Winston Center will continue its commitment to prepare our students to lead and be global citizens by providing opportunities that will expose them to programs, people, and topics that offer diversity of thought and perspective. We look forward to seeing you at our events this year, and we thank you for being part of our journey.
Clough Colloquium featured former US Attorney General Eric Holder
Leading up to last fall’s presidential election, the Clough Colloquium featured former United States Attorney General Eric Holder, who spoke quite fittingly about the Voting Rights Act. Holder addressed recent reports of new regulations that affect the ease of voting in communities that are made up primarily of people of color, and about the steps that citizens can take to preserve the right to vote. Continue reading about Eric Holder »
FORUM ON BUSINESS ETHICS
Political philosopher on justice and ethics
Michael Sandel, a Harvard political philosophy professor and best-selling author, came to Boston College’s campus to discuss justice and ethics with freshmen in the Carroll School of Management. Sandel began his talk by addressing people’s frustration with decision making in politics. Referencing how decisions are made, Sandel claimed that, “Philosophy belongs in the city where citizens gather, where we figure out what is the right thing to do.” Continue reading about Michael Sandel »
WINSTON CENTER COLLABORATIONS
The fall semester kicked off the yearlong 10th anniversary celebration of the Winston Center. The Center expanded its reach across campus by collaborating with various University groups and departments. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the first labor union in the United States, we and Patricia Riggin (Theatre) conceptualized and presented the three-part American Dream Event Series. The first event on October 11 featured Christine Chavez, granddaughter of the late civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, and coincided with Hispanic Heritage Month. It was co-sponsored by the Thea Bowman Hispanic Heritage Committee and Latinos@BC. Continue reading about the Center’s fall collaborations »
LUNCH WITH A LEADER
This fall's Lunch with a Leader series featured Marc P. Seidner '88, CFO, CIO of non-traditional strategies at PIMCO, and Farah Bernier '02, head of Diversity & Inclusion, Global Business and Portfolio Organizations at Google, Inc. Continue reading about the fall Lunch with a Leader speakers »
Faculty and Student Grants
Last spring the Winston Center invited faculty and their departments to apply for grants to fund programs that intersect with the Center’s focus on leadership and ethics. Fr. James Burns from the Woods College and his team received a grant for their Colloquium on Ignatian-based Ethical Leadership, where Chris Lowney was the featured speaker. Mary Cronin (CSOM), Tiziana Dearing (SSW), and Kenneth Himes (STM) received a grant to fund their symposium Advancing Social Justice through Ethical Business Leadership for Systemic Social Change this spring. Stephanie Berzin (SSW) also received funding for her Nonprofit Innovation Leadership Series, which was implemented with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
This spring we invite undergraduate students to apply for travel grants to attend conferences relating to leadership and ethics and also for participating in service trips that provide cultural immersion experiences and focus on global societal issues. The Center will also offer a limited number of stipends to students who engage in uncompensated part-time or full-time internships that allow them to cultivate their leadership skills in service or public sector organizations during the summer.
Winston Center Research News
A research study funded by the WCLE and conducted by a team of scholars with ties to BC will soon be published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Entitled “A way forward: Cascading ethical and change leadership, values enactment, and group-level effects on commitment in corruption recovery,” it was co-authored by BC alum Rick Cotton, BC Professor and Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair Jean Bartunek, and retired BC Professor Bill Stevenson. The co-authors conducted a survey of over 2,000 employees at an insurance company and found that new leadership made a difference in the recovery of the firm following corruption. They report that organization members’ perceptions of their leaders’ ethical posture was significantly related to perceptions of progress on enacting important values and on their commitment to the organization. Continue reading about the latest Winston Center research »
Jenks Leadership Program Update
At the Winston’s Cape house in September, the Jenks Class of 2017 heard Mr. Winston and guest speaker Jack MacKinnon talk about the importance of nurturing and leveraging relationships that lead to both personal and professional development and fulfillment. In what will be the program’s largest and most diverse class ever, 30 students were invited to be part of the Jenks Class of 2018 and will participate in this spring’s opening retreat at Whispering Pines. Sadly, Joe Bonito '79 will be leading his final workshop at the opening retreat and we cannot express enough how grateful and appreciative we are for his work and dedication to the program for an incredible 38 years.
JENKS ALUMNI SAVE THE DATE: The 50th Jenks Anniversary celebration, with guest speaker Connecticut Governor and Jenks alum Dannel Malloy '77, will be held on Thursday, April 27. Read more about Jenks 50th »