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Washington, DC Master Class with Professor Todd Cort

Wednesday, Sep 13 2023 at 6:00 - 8:00 pm EDT

Alumni | In Person

101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Yale SOM Alumni are invited to join Professor Todd Cort, Senior Lecturer from the Yale School of Management and Yale School of the Environment, at a master class in Washington, DC the evening of Wednesday, September 13. Professor Cort will lead a case-based discussion typical of a sustainability class. Showcasing the signature and rigorous learning environment at the School of Management, this interactive discussion-driven class will also welcome high-potential Executive MBA prospective students and current students. Attendees are invited to open the evening with a networking reception for alumni, current students, and Prof. Cort with prospective students being invited to join 30-minutes into the event. Light refreshments will be served. Advanced registration is required.

Topic: “Unraveling the conflict of ESG and anti-woke capitalism.”
Details: ESG has become politicized. On the right, ESG is held up as a distraction from fiduciary duty with calls to ban the consideration of ESG factors. On the left, ESG is a smokescreen of greenwashing while companies and investors continue business as usual. How can these mutually exclusive viewpoints on ESG co-exist? In this session, Todd Cort will lead an exploration and discussion of important questions such as: What is ESG? How and under what circumstances does ESG align with fiduciary duty?  

In preparation for the master class, Professor Cort has designated two short optional pre-readings so folks can familiarize themselves with the subject prior to the session and be prepared for an active discussion.
Reading #1: "ESG Can’t Square With Fiduciary Duty," Wall Street Journal
Reading #2: "The Secret Diary of a ‘Sustainable Investor' — Part 1" by Tariq Fancy

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration and networking reception with Yale SOM alumni, current students, and Professor Cort
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration and networking continues (prospective students join)
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Master class and discussion; closing remarks

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2023 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: 101 Constitution - 2nd Floor Conference Center | 101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free
Note: This event is closed to guests