Panel: Making Money with a Global Conscience
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Three longtime financiers who help guide Smith College decisions about investments and finances will discuss how companies balance their goal of making money with social concerns at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
The panel, called “Socially Responsible Money: Why It Matters and How It Works,” is part of a weekly non-credit course developed by Smith’s Women and Financial Independence program. Offered for the first time this semester, the course boasts a slate of experts in areas such as investing, business ethics, corporate governance and fair trade.
Panel participants include Smith Trustees Gayle White Jackson, chair of the board’s Finance Committee; Louise M. Parent, co-chair of the board’s Committee on Investor Responsibility; and Cornelia Mendenhall Small, chair of the board’s Investment Committee. They will discuss their professional and personal commitments to “socially responsible” money.
Gayle White Jackson, Class of 1967
Jackson is president of Energy Global Inc., a consulting firm that advises energy companies on corporate development and diversification strategies and international institutions on energy matters. Jackson is also a deputy chair of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of the Eighth District-St. Louis. After majoring in government at Smith, Jackson earned her master’s and doctorate in political science from Washington University.
Louise M. Parent, Class of 1972
Parent is executive vice president and general counsel of American Express, a position she assumed in 1993. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Advisory Committee on Banking Policy to the Federal Deposit Insurance Company, Parent also serves as a director of the National Women’s Law Center. Parent holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Smith and a law degree from Georgetown University.
Cornelia Mendenhall Small, Class of 1966
Small is a student at the National Academy School of Fine Arts, where she is studying painting. After 30 years in investment management, Small retired from the position of chief investment officer of Scudder Kemper Investments. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith, she has a master’s degree in international development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.
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