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April 23, 2018
Y2E2 Room 299, 473 Via Ortega

Maximizing Stakeholder Virtue

Dinner discussion & moderated dialogue for Stanford students and Silicon Valley professionals with VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger and Stanford Law & Public Policy Lecturer Dr. Susan Liautaud on the moral purpose of business.

Time & Location

April 23, 2018
Y2E2 Room 299, 473 Via Ortega
473 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Description

Economist Milton Friedman famously argued that “few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible” (Capitalism and Freedom 133). Yet business professionals often desire to exert a positive influence on society above and beyond their accumulation of profit. As the Silicon Valley catchphrase puts it: they want to “change the world.” Do business leaders have social responsibilities beyond profit maximization? Is there a general moral purpose of business? If so, how might this purpose inform what it means to run a company ethically? In this moderated discussion, VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger and Stanford Law & Public Policy Lecturer Dr. Susan Liautaud will elucidate the essence and purpose of business.

 

This event was sponsored by the Zephyr Institute’s Center for the Study of the Professions and Moral Purpose. We help Stanford students and Silicon Valley professionals explore questions pertaining to the nature of the human person and the common good vis-a-vis their professional vocations.

Speakers

PAT GELSINGER

PAT GELSINGER

CEO, VMWare

SUSAN LIAUTAUD

SUSAN LIAUTAUD

Founder & Managing Director, Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited (SLAL)

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