November 20 | 12:00-2:00 pm, Spieker Forum

Peterson/Dean's Speaker Series: Enlightened Capitalists

As corporate responsibility becomes increasingly mainstream, it’s easy to overlook the decades long journey that started corporate America’s path to social impact. In this very special Dean’s / Peterson Speaker Series, Professor James O’Toole, author of The Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good, will discuss the trials and tribulations of business’ attempts to address urgent social and environmental issues.

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November 21 | 12:30-1:30 pm, N500, Chou Hall

Fireside Chat: Vivianna Alvarez, Unilever

Join us for a candid conversation with Viviana Alvarez. Hear about having an impact in your career, the challenges and opportunities in the field of corporate sustainability, and her recommendations for working your way up in a company. North America has such a major opportunity given its high rates of production and consumption, Alvarez says, and there’s the time for the private sector to take the lead proactively by making changes in its plastics use, by educating consumers and more.


November 25 | 11:00 am-1:30 pm, Spieker Forum

Nordic Parental Leaves: Inspiration for California?

Making Motherhood Work Nordic countries are renowned for their generous parental leaves. All evidence suggests that these leaves bring a host of benefits but the United States is the only country in the developed world without guaranteed parental leaves. No longer satisfied with the status quo, innovative states like California and companies like Spotify are working to shift the paradigm to provide guaranteed parental leaves. We will specifically consider what barriers are present in a California context to implement successful parental leaves and how might we overcome these barriers, drawing inspiration from the Nordics. 



February 19 | Spieker Forum

Peterson/Dean's Speaker Series: Chip Bergh, Levi's

Join us for an intimate fireside chat with Levi Strauss & Co President and CEO Chip Bergh, to hear more about his passion and commitment to human rights and social justice through his work at Levis. We’ll dive deep into some of the work Levi’s has been doing around DACA and rapid response grants, voter engagement, gun control, and more. Moderated by UC Berkeley students, you’ll get a first hand glimpse at the thinking behind business activism in 2019.

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