Date & Time 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Event Location 
Commonwealth Club in San Francisco
Event Description 

The Saint Mary's School of Economics & Business Administration 
in association with Commonwealth Club of San Francisco present:

3rd Annual Global Economic Forum 

November 14, 2012
Commonwealth Club of San Francisco
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105 

Corporate Social Responsibility in a Post-Crisis World: Realities, Challenges and Solutions?

The Great Economic Recession and its aftermath has left the world in turmoil and facing uncertain prospects with uneven and slow growth. The events leading up to the recession have also generated greater scrutiny of business. What was corporate America’s role in creating the great recession? Were only certain sectors of the economy to blame? Could better corporate governance have prevented this from happening? The momentous changes of the last five years have resulted in a clamor for business to rethink its role and responsibilities towards society. Better governance and responsible leadership are being demanded by stakeholders and shareholders alike. What does business need to do to reposition itself in the current environment to provide active and responsible leadership while re-igniting economic growth to better the lot of mankind? 

Free for current students (with valid ID) and prospective Saint Mary's College graduate business students.
$12 for Commonwealth Club Members
$20 for non-Commonwealth Club members.
Registration is Required.


5:30 – 6:00PM: Check-In
6:00 – 6:15PM: Welcome and Introduction of Panelists
6:15 – 7:15PM: Presentations by panelists (15min each)
7:15 – 8:00PM: Q&A Discussion Session
8:00 – 8:30PM: Post-event Reception and discussion

Panelists Include:

Michael E. Fox, Jr., President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley

Michael Fox is Chief Executive Officer of Goodwill Industries of Silicon Valley. He has over 25 years of experience in redefining business processes and penetrating new markets for companies in the wholesale and B2B service sectors. Mr. Fox is an entrepreneurial executive with a strong record of revenue and profit growth through analyzing complex business challenges, and developing and executing effective business strategies. As the CEO of Goodwill SV, he has led a team that grew the organization from a combined loss of 3.5 million dollars in 2007 and 2008 to an operating profit of over 2 million dollars and invested an additional $1.5 million into Mission Services. Previously, as President of M.E. Fox & Company, one of the Bay Area’s leading wholesale beverage distributors, he was responsible for reversing a three-year decline, driving revenues from $28M to $60M by acquiring key brands like Snapple and Corona to boost market share as well as negotiating lucrative agreements with SOBE, Red Bull, and Gordon Biersch. Mr. Fox is past Chairman of the Silicon Valley San Jose Chamber of Commerce; San Jose Chamber PAC, San Jose Mineta Airport Expansion Initiative, and West Valley Mission College bond measure. Mr. Fox was co-founder and chair of Baseball San Jose, and currently serves as finance chair for Team San Jose, is on the advisory board of the School of Economics and Business at St. Mary’s College Moraga, and is a member of San Jose downtown Rotary Club. He has held numerous leadership roles in local and regional charities and devotes considerable time to fund-raising and charity work. Mr. Fox received his B.A. from the University of San Diego and a Trans-Global MBA at St. Mary’s College of California.

Dr. Peter Graf, Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President, SAP

Dr. Peter Graf serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Vice President at SAP.  Graf built SAP’s sustainability strategy and organization from the ground up. Under his guidance, SAP has become highly regarded for its leadership both as an exemplar of sustainable operations and as a provider of software solutions that enable SAP’s global customers to enact more sustainable business practices. Dr. Graf oversees strategy and innovation for sustainability solutions and operations. Based out of SAP Labs in Palo Alto, CA, Dr. Graf is part of the company’s senior leadership team and reports to the co-CEOs, Jim Snabe and Bill McDermott. During his tenure at SAP, Graf has held various management roles. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief Marketing Officer  at SAP, responsible for the go-to-market strategy for all of SAP’s product lines across all industries and geographies. In this role, he shaped the company's industry solutions, applications and platform strategy. He was a co-inventor of SAP NetWeaver, the company’s software platform which is now a vital contributor to SAP’s financial success.

Dr. Graf holds a master’s degree in computer science and economics from the University of Kaiserslautern, as well as a doctoral degree in artificial intelligence from the University of Saarbrücken.


Mr. Kapil Sharma, Senior General Manager – North America, Tata Sons

Kapil Sharma manages the Tata Sons North America office.   Based in Washington, DC, the office serves as the chief representative for the Tata Group of companies in North America and supports activities such as, but not limited to, assisting Group companies with: representation before the federal, state and local governments; media relations; business development; corporate social responsibility activities; and brand development. 

Prior to rejoining the North America office, Kapil served as the General Manager for Tata Services.  Based in Mumbai, India, Kapil primarily focused on global branding and communications.  He also assisted Tata group of companies on various issues such as innovation, climate change, and business excellence/quality management.

Prior to joining Tata Sons, Kapil was the Vice President for Madison Government Affairs – a boutique government relations firm – representing non-U.S. clients and U.S. public entities before the U.S. Congress, Administration, and federal agencies. 

From 2000 to 2001, Kapil served as senior counsel and legislative director to U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli (NJ) where he managed Senator Torricelli’s legislative, policy, and correspondence staff.  From 1998 to 2000, He was a legislative consultant to the law firm of Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand where he assisted in the management and representation of non-US clients before Congress, the Administration and Congress.  From 1996 to 1998, Kapil served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ).  While working for Congressman Pallone, among other duties, he assisted in the management of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

Kapil also has extensive political and grassroots experience having consulted on numerous federal, state and local campaigns.  He had managed an e-newsletter that provided daily coverage of US media on South Asia and South Asian Americans. Prior to leaving for India, Kapil served on several community advocacy and civil rights organizations, as well as student mentoring programs.

Kapil received his J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law and his B.A. from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.  He is also a member of the Maryland Bar Association. 



Professor Shyam Kamath, Associate Dean of Graduate Business and Global Programs, Saint Mary's College of California

Dr. Kamath is the author of over seventy articles in leading management and economics journals and three books including the recent "Institutional Investors, Risk-Return Tradeoffs and Corporate Governance Failures: Practical Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis" (with Jim Hawley and Andy Williams eds.). He has been a consultant to over 100 international firms on four continents and has worked for multinationals and government agencies as a manager and strategic planner. He is the recipient of a number of international teaching and program excellence awards. His current research focuses on issues of global business strategy and marketing, the role of technology and business clusters in economic development and areas in international financial economics and management. He received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University (Canada), his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and his B.A. (Hons.) degree from the University of Delhi (St. Stephen's College).


Professor Jim Hawley, Director of the Eflenworks Center for Fiduciary Capitalism, Saint Mary’s College of California

Dr. Hawley is the author of two books, the first on international banks and the global monetary system, and the most recent (with Professor Andrew T. Williams) on U.S. pension funds and the ownership of U.S. corporations, titled The Rise of Fiduciary Capitalism: How Institutional Investors Can Make Corporations More Democratic, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2000. He edited (with Professors Shyam Kamath and Andrew Williams) Corporate Governance Failures: The Role of Institutional Investors in the Global Financial Crisis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011). Additionally, he is the author (or co-author) of over 20 articles on a variety of topics, including corporate governance, the international monetary and financial system and environmental issues, and numerous papers and reports.

He has been at Saint Mary’s for 25 years. Prior to that he worked at Wells Fargo Bank as a country risk analyst, and previously taught at the University of California, Davis. He has also been an invited guest professor at the Universite de Paris, and at the Universite de Montpillier, in France. He was also a guest scholar at the Judge Institute at the University of Cambridge, U.K. He has lectured and given talks in a number of countries in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, his MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


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