Lecture will take place in the Glavin Chapel, Babson College, beginning at 6:00 pm.

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Babson College, Olin College, and Wellesley College are teaming up this spring to sponsor a public lecture series on leadership and ethics.

The speakers will offer perspectives based on their research and experience exercising leadership, often in difficult situations fraught with challenging ethical dilemmas.

The lecture series is part of a course on professional ethics and leadership development that is being taught this spring on Babson's campus.

Babson President Leonard Schlesinger, Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly and Olin President Richard K. Miller are among the faculty for the course. 

The lectures will take place in the Glavin Chapel, Babson College, beginning at 6:00 pm. The presentations are free and open to the general public, as well as all members of the Olin, Babson, and Wellesley college communities.

Thursday, February 24: Carolyn Hotchkiss, Dean of Faculty, Babson College

Professor Hotchkiss joined the Babson faculty in January 1986, and teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. She teaches core law and ethics courses and electives in International Business Law and in Public International Law.

Professor Hotchkiss is known for her effective and creative teaching. In 2000, she was awarded the Charles M. Hewitt award for teaching excellence by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In 2005, she received the Deans’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Professor Hotchkiss’ scholarly interests are in the areas of international law and the impact of new technologies on law and business. She has written extensively in these areas, including articles on international commercial law, corruption in international business, and global intellectual property issues, especially those involving digital technologies. She is the author of International Law for Business (McGraw-Hill, 1994), and is a contributing author to several textbooks on Business Law.

Before joining the faculty at Babson, Professor Hotchkiss practiced law in New York, with the firm of Webster & Sheffield, was in-house counsel to Pratt Institute and Mount Holyoke College, and taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Western New England College of Law. She is a member of the Bar in New York and Massachusetts, and active in a variety of professional associations.

Abstract Of Talk

Entrepreneurs face an array of ethical issues in the start-up and operation of their businesses. To some extent, those issues are the same as the issues experienced by the leaders of more established businesses. However, the landscape of early stage businesses presents particular challenges and opportunities for business founders. In the start-up phase of a business, entrepreneurs almost always have both an ownership and a leadership role. The personal nature of an early stage business offers founders the opportunity to create a strong ethical culture in ways that managers of more established businesses won’t experience. For founders, every action in building a business speaks not only of the values of the firm, but also of the personal character of the founders. Leading ethically requires entrepreneurs to recognize the sources of ethical dilemmas, the array of stakeholders, and the competing interests involved in building a business.

Future Speakers
• March 10: Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute 
• April 7: Wade L. Robison, Ph.D., Professor and Ezra A. Hale Chair in Applied Ethics, Rochester Institute of Technology


Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

By Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549 | 02/21/2011 06:00