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Values Proposition

The Values Proposition series is made possible by The Forrest E. Mars, Sr. Fund for Values and Ethics in Management.

  • Government Can Be the Solution

    For investment banker Carol Samuels ’86, a key value is helping government make a difference in people’s lives, by applying financial tools and long-term thinking.

    The newly renovated Leodis V. McDaniel High School in Portland, Oregon.
  • Keeping Community in the Investment Equation

    In this series, leaders tell stories about drawing on their core values in critical moments. For Lofton Holder ’90, grounding investing acumen in a connection to community builds trust and delivers returns.

    A man sitting at a table on the street in New York City
  • How Trust Can Power Renewable Energy

    Lily Donge ’97 talked with us about how building trust is critical for any kind of real innovation—and how it’s helped her develop new models for scaling renewable energy.

    A wind farm in Rio Vista, California, with a path winding toward the turbine in the foreground
  • How Balancing Creativity and Rigor Helped Disney Build a Star Wars Vacation Experience

    Architect Ann Morrow Johnson ’14 is the executive producer and executive creative director for Walt Disney Imagineering’s immersive vacation experience Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. We talked with her about balancing innovative creativity and strategic rigor.

    Anne Morrow Johnson standing in front of an image of a Star Wars starship
  • Suzanne Lagarde ’14 on Giving Back

    We talked with Dr. Suzanne Lagarde ’14, CEO of Fair Haven Community Health Care, about delivering healthcare to those who need it most.

    Dr. Suzanne Lagarde at Fair Haven Community Healthcare
  • Jane Mendillo ’84 on Partnership

    Jane Mendillo ’84, a member of the board of directors of General Motors and the former CEO of the Harvard Management Company, on how her partnership with her husband, Ralph Earle ’84, has formed the foundation for her life and career.

    An illustration of couple showing each of their careers
  • Curtis Chin ’90 on Navigating Right and Wrong across Cultures

    Curtis Chin ’90, Asia Fellow at the Milken Institute, on finding solutions to cross-cultural ethical dilemmas.

    Traffic in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1995. Photo: Forrest Anderson/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images.
  • James Robertson ’99 on the Fallout from Doing the Right Thing

    James Robertson ’99, former CEO of the India HIV/AIDS Alliance, on facing the consequences of a tough ethical call—and the unexpected upside that can result.

    James Robertson and his team at the India HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • Ranji Nagaswami ’86 on Telling Hard Truths

    As chief investment adviser for New York City, Ranji Nagaswami ’86 delivered the unvarnished truth when she discovered unwelcome news about the city’s pension funds.

    New York City Hall at night
  • Ken Ofori-Atta ’88 on Going Where You Can Make a Difference

    Ken Ofori-Atta ’88, finance minister of Ghana, on integrity and the risks required to strengthen society.

    Ken Ofori-Atta at 2018 Capital Market Week in Accra, Ghana. Photo: Owula Kpakpo/Wikimedia.