Stakeholder Management During the Pandemic

  • May 28, 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Virtual Event via Zoom


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During the best of times, seeking win-win scenarios with all stakeholders requires commitment and creativity. Enter the extreme challenge of managing business during a pandemic, and business leaders might be struggling with how to continue managing their relationships and decisions pertaining to various stakeholders. 

To explore how companies are staying innovative to ensure that stakeholders not only survive but thrive, we are bringing in three veterans in managing stakeholder relationships. First, Professor Ed Freeman who is also known as the father of stakeholder theory as he literally wrote the book on it, will be sharing his perspective on how the pandemic is accelerating a shift to greater stakeholder management. Then, two practitioners, Ralph Carlton, Co-CEO of King Arthur Flour and Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, will discuss how they are collaborating with their various stakeholders during COVID. 

Our Speakers

Ed Freeman, Professor UVA is a Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of the University of Virginia. He serves as the academic director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, and the director of the Darden's Ollsson Center for Applied Ethics. Ed wrote the first book on stakeholder theory back in 1984 when he published Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach, and has since authored much additional content on stakeholder management.

Ralph Carlton, Co-CEO, has been with King Arthur Flour since 2013 when he joined the company as Chief Financial Officer.  Since 2014, he joined the Office of the CEO, with responsibility for CSR/Sustainability, Finance, HR, IS, Manufacturing, and Operations.  Ralphalso serves as a Director for the Upper Valley Haven, a non-profit serving people struggling with poverty by providing food, shelter, education, clothing and support.

 Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates Rob Waldron joined Curriculum Associates as Chief Executive Officer in 2008, bringing leadership experience from both for-profit and nonprofit education worlds. He runs the company with a long-term focus, upholding the founding mission to improve classrooms everywhere. Under his leadership, revenues have increased more than seven-fold, making Curriculum Associates the nation’s fastest-growing K–12 education publishing company. Curriculum Associates now employs 1,000 staff and has earned “Top Place to Work” status from both the Boston Business Journal and The Boston Globe.

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