At a time when corporate scandals and economic upheaval continue
to shake consumer confidence, leaders in business, philanthropy
and community building will gather at Emory Jan. 29–30 to
discuss “The Public Trust: Building Community in an Age of
Uncertainty” during the second annual Kenneth Cole Leadership
Forum, a project of the Office of University-Community Partnerships.
The forum is the capstone event for the Kenneth Cole Fellowship
in Community Building and Social Change, a comprehensive, 12-month
program designed to prepare Emory undergraduates to become the next
generation of community builders.
Academy Award-winning actor and director Robert Redford, a longtime
environmental activist, will deliver the forum’s opening address
at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29, in Glenn Auditorium with an in-depth look
at the nation’s commitment to the common good. Three panels
and two keynote speakers the following day highlight such issues
as the ethical challenges facing philanthropists, the value of distrust
in a healthy democratic society, and the power of community-based
investment and decision-making.
The forum’s opening session on “Doing Good While Doing
Well,” from 9–10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, will
feature: Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Pierre Ferrari, president
of Hot Fudge Venture Fund Inc. and chairman of SweatX; Thomas Robertson,
dean of the Goizueta Business School; and Cathy Cox, Georgia secretary
Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and president of PolicyLink and
former senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation, will
deliver the forum’s luncheon address Thursday at 12:15 p.m.
on the ways communities are rebuilding themselves with and without
the help of corporate America.
Russell Hardin, an expert on issues of moral and political philosophy
and trust, will give the forum’s plenary address on “An
Age of Distrust” at 3:15 p.m. Hardin is professor of politics
at New York and Stanford universities and cochairman of the Russell
Sage Foundation Working Group on Trust.
Donald Keough, retired president of the Coca-Cola Company and current
chairman of Allen & Co., will close the conference at 4 p.m.
with a challenge for a return to ethics-driven management and a
renewed focus on what’s best for the community in a conversation
with Cole and Redford on “Reflections: Whom Do We Trust?”
The fellowship program is a partnership between Emory and the Kenneth
Cole Foundation. Cole, chairman, CEO and creative director of Kenneth
Cole Productions Inc. and a trustee of the Kenneth Cole Foundation,
has long used social-consciousness messages in marketing his products.
He is a 1976 graduate of Emory College.
All events are free and open to the public, but participants must
pre-register at http://
or by calling 404-712-9893. Forum participants will be issued tickets.