We are excited to host a timely discussion about ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) at Ross Business School in March, featuring Elizabeth Doty (Director, Erb Corporate Political Responsibility Taskforce); Bennett Freeman (Associate Fellow of Chatham House and former Senior Vice President of Calvert Investments); Vik Khanna (William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School); and moderated by Erb Institute Faculty Director, Tom Lyon. 

As the ESG agenda has gained traction and momentum over the last decade, it has attracted inevitable criticism and a backlash—and now even a backlash to the backlash. Not only is ESG investing under attack, but the battle also extends to the future of corporate responsibility and sustainability more broadly — and in turn the respective roles of business and government— with high stakes for both action and inaction. Some issues are technical and methodological, related to ESG metrics and funds. Other issues are more ideological and political, challenging the notion of business purpose, pitting shareholder primacy against stakeholder capitalism, and raising questions about the appropriate role of corporations in the policy arena. This timely event will explore the drivers of this battle over ESG and offer solutions for moving forward.


Women Leading Local Government: An interactive seminar presented by the Michigan Municipal League’s 16/50 Project

Panel of women speaking

Women make up over 50% of the state’s population, but just 16% of Michigan’s local chief administrative officers. The Michigan Municipal League’s 16/50 Project is transforming this leadership gap – getting more women seated in the municipal top spot in Michigan communities.

Join the 16/50 Project for an interactive panel experience to meet the force of women leading communities in Michigan, engage with local government challenges, and learn more about the municipal management profession.

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The future of public policy in higher education: A leadership conversation

Future of Public Policy in Higher Education flyer

The Goldman School at UC Berkeley will host a meeting of the following group of Deans of Public Policy schools: Susan Gooden (Virginia Commonwealth University), Ian Solomon (University of Virginia), Nisha Botchwey (University of Minnesota), Roland Anglin (Cleveland State University), Scott Taylor (Boston University), and Celeste Watkins-Hayes (University of Michigan).

As part of the meeting, there will be a special event to discuss the future of public policy in higher education. Hosted by CSHE, BiPP, SCiPP, MPA4J&E, and GSPP class representatives, this 1-hour conversation will feature Deans Gooden, Solomon, Botchwey, Anglin, and Watkins-Hayes, moderated by Michael Brown, former UC Provost and Executive Vice Provost of Academic Affairs.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from a group with extensive expertise in public policy and government, academic leadership, mentoring and development, and administration in higher education. Come learn how these public leaders are working toward implementing a vision for the public policy school of the future.

This in-person event is also available via livestream here