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Telling It Straight: The Story Route to Ethical Business Practice

April 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm - 2:15 pm EDT

About the Program

Join the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity as we welcome Leigh Hafrey for the Spring 2017 HSBC Student Series on Ethics and Accountability. Dr. Hafrey’s talk is entitled “Telling It Straight: The Story Route to Ethical Business Practice.”

People are story-tellers, nowhere more clearly than in business.  From job interviews to start-up pitches to ads to consultancies to M&A, businesspeople evolve narratives that make the case for action and the success they believe it will engender.  Story-telling can lead us into wishful thinking, but it also allows us to hear others’ points of view and build reasoned consensus—the foundation of ethical practice.  A good business story links value, values, standards of evidence, and the power of human communication to create better goods, better services, and thriving, purposeful communities.

About the Speaker

Leigh Hafrey is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Since 1991, Hafrey has worked in professional ethics, with a focus on ethical leadership, teaching courses at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan, and consulting with professional practitioners in the United States and abroad. At MIT Sloan, he teaches in the MBA program and Leaders for Global Operations, for which he moderates a mandatory two-year leadership course. He has also taught in MIT’s Industrial Liaison, MIT-China Management Education, Master of Finance, Management of Technology, Nanyang Fellows, Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership, Supply Chain Management, and System Design and Management programs.

Since 1996, Hafrey has moderated the Aspen Institute’s Seminar in Leadership, Values, and the Good Society and other seminars sponsored by the Institute in the U.S. and abroad. From 1993 to 2010, together with his wife, Sandra Naddaff, Hafrey was a co-Master of Mather House, one of the 12 residential complexes in Harvard College. The Mather community brings together 400 undergraduates; 100 faculty, administrative, and alumni fellows; and dozens of advisory and other staff.

A former staff editor at The New York Times Book Review, Hafrey has published reporting, essays, reviews, interviews and translations in The New York Times and other American and European periodicals. He serves on the editorial advisory board of Philosophy of Management (U.K.) and the Journal of Business Ethics Education (U.S.). His publications on business and management include a quarterly column for IPA’s Business Today (2007-09); cases and blogs for MIT Sloan; a book on how people use stories to articulate ethical norms,The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business (2005); and War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading, an essay on business alternatives to a culture of war in today’s America (2016).

Hafrey holds an AB in English from Harvard College and a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University.

The HSBC Student Series: Bringing today’s ethical challenges to tomorrow’s business leaders

The HSBC Student Series on Ethics and Accountability is a four-part discussion focused on a broad range of current ethical issues in business, finance, government, law, and society. The programs are designed by expert faculty to increase student engagement in business ethics matters.  On behalf of Baruch College, the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity thanks HSBC for its generous support.


12:30 pm – Registration
12:45 pm – Presentation
2:15 pm – Networking Reception


Registration is currently limited to Baruch College students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Register online, by phone, or via e-mail:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Call us at 646-312-3231 or
  3. E-mail us at matthew.lepere@baruch.cuny.edu

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April 6, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm


ZIcklin School of Business, Newman Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY


Matthew LePere