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Corporations Driving Social Good
May 29, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Moderator: David Miller, Director, Faith & Work Initiative; Lecturer and Professional Specialist in Ethics
Jason B. Meyer ’80, President, LeadGood LLC; Principal, Meyer Business Law
Carol O’Neill ’85, Group President, Packaging, BW Packaging Systems
Ryan S. Ruskin ’90, President & CEO, The Ruskin Group, Chairman, MyEco LLC
Sejal Shal Gulati ’95, Past CEO TIME INC INDIA
Director, Faith & Work Initiative; Lecturer and Senior Professional Specialist in Ethics
David Miller is the Director of the Faith & Work Initiative and a Lecturer and Senior Professional Specialist in Ethics at Princeton. He brings an unusual “bilingual” perspective to the classroom and the boardroom. Before receiving his Ph.D. in ethics and joining the faculty at Princeton, he spent 16 years in senior executive positions in international business and finance, including eight years in London. In addition to his research, teaching and programs, he also serves as an advisor to corporate CEOs and senior executives on ethics, values-based leadership, culture and the role of faith at work. As a thought leader, many senior executives seek his counsel, and scholars, religious organizations and the media seek his views. Prior to academia, he lived and worked in London for eight years, where he was a partner in a private equity firm that specialized in international investment management, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Before that he was a senior executive and director of the securities services and global custody division of HSBC Group, having held the same position at Midland Bank plc before its acquisition by HSBC. He moved to London as the managing director of the European operations of State Street Bank & Trust, a leading US securities services bank. He started his management career in the U.S., working for IBM for eight years in a variety of sales and marketing management positions. After his corporate experience, he entered academia, receiving his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty at Princeton University in 2008, he taught for five years at Yale Divinity School and Yale School of Management, also serving as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. At Princeton, the nickname of his signature course is “Business Ethics: Succeeding without Selling Your Soul.”
Jason B. Meyer ’80
President, LeadGood LLC; Principal, Meyer Business Law
Jason Meyer is a business lawyer, entrepreneur and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. As a recognized national thought-leader and speaker in corporate ethical leadership, he has served on the faculty of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics since 2014. He is the primary architect and author of five different first-of-their-kind education programs in ethics and professionalism, for audiences ranging from a national sales team to executives to medical professionals to classroom teachers. The National Association of Corporate Directors commissioned Jason to design and write its newest course on compliance and ethics for boards of directors.
As an entrepreneur, Jason has helped to lead seven different privately-funded enterprises, filling the roles of Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, business unit General Manager, and innovator. Jason now heads two companies: the national education and compliance consultancy LeadGood, LLC; and Meyer Business Law, a Princeton-area law firm dedicated to the legal needs of entrepreneurs and the businesses they run.
A father of three boys, Jason was a long-time Scout leader and currently mentors a FIRST Robotics Competition team. He lives in Central NJ.
Carol O’Neill ’85
Group President, Packaging, BW Packaging Systems
Carol O’Neill ’85 wanted to make the world a better place long before she arrived at Princeton. Her plan to go to Africa with the Peace Corp was scuttled by her allergy to antimalarial drugs. And while a year at the World Bank and another working on transportation in NYC provided new perspectives on urbanization, they also sparked an interest in the effective leadership of large organizations. After graduating from Stanford with an MBA and a MA from the Food Research Institute, Carol worked in management consulting before returning to the public sector to work at the NYC Transit Authority, where she developed a passion for leading people so that they are challenged, respected, appreciated and fulfilled. For the last 24 years, she has held leadership roles in large and small public and private companies including those known for their great cultures and those with highly dysfunctional ones. Thrilled to be part of an organization that truly values people for the last 7 years, she is sure that ALL businesses can and should be a powerful force for good in the world.
Ryan S. Ruskin ’90
President & CEO, The Ruskin Group, Chairman, MyEco LLC
Ryan Ruskin ’90 is the President & CEO of The Ruskin Group, a 127-year-old family packaging company founded by his great-grandfather. The Ruskin Group is recognized as a world leader in sustainability and e-commerce packaging, specializing in custom and stock corrugated, paper and plastic packaging. TRG has recently launched a revolutionary product, ECLIPSE, that makes most plastic products truly biodegradable, leaving nothing behind just like paper. Previously, Ryan was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney, where his practice focused on supply chain and manufacturing strategies with many Fortune 100 companies. At the beginning of 2015, Ryan assumed the role of non-executive chairman of MyEco, a sustainability education business he helped found that uses technology and innovative products to help consumers break disposable habits through education, positive reinforcement, social engagement and financial incentives and also by creating a collaborative relationship between consumers, businesses and retailers to benefit the environment. In Chicago, Ryan serves on the boards of Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago Botanic Garden, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Humanities Festival and Heartland Alliance. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Chief Executives Organization, as well as the 2013 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. In 2015, Ryan was appointed and confirmed as a member of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission. He is a past president of the Princeton Club of Chicago, past member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council, and currently serves on the Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees.
Sejal Shah Gulati ’95
Past CEO TIME INC INDIA
Sejal Shah Gulati is the former CEO of Time Inc India. Most recently, she was the General Manager and Vice President of the Global Commercial Services Marketing Hub, which powers the commercial marketing distribution engine by delivering compelling B2B content, ensuring customer-centricity and achieving optimal efficiencies. She is the co-founder of Sonder Connect, an incubator and mentorship platform for women led start-ups. Prior to that, she was the CMO of EZETAP, a mobile payments platform in India. Sejal was also the Founder, President and Managing Director of TAS Analytic Services Private Limited, a Time Inc. company. Sejal began her career at Time Inc. as the Business Development Director for Money magazine. After her role at Money, she was the Marketing Director for the Real Simple and InStyle magazines. Before joining Time Inc., Sejal was a Senior Manager for Business Development for American Express in New York City. Sejal has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University and is currently the President of the Global Alumni Board of Harvard Business School. Sejal is an avid reader, an accomplished runner and an aspiring golfer and viola player. She currently lives in New York, with her husband and two young daughters. Sejal has a B.A. from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Fellow of the Famous V of Ananta Aspen’s Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and moderator for the Aspen Global Leadership Network.