The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Portman Lectures

Women, Entrepreneurship, and Atlanta in the New South

Fireside Chat with Steve Glickman, Moderated by Tuck Dean Slaughter

On Monday, April 8, 2019, current Founder and CEO of Develop LLC Steve Glickman spoke in a fireside chat with Dean Matthew Slaughter on Opportunity Zones, a new tax incentive program enacted under the December 2017 tax bill. The event was the Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

Steve spoke passionately about the potential of the program to drive private capital to real estate and various other sectors in approximately 8,700 low-income areas. When asked of the selection process that led to these Opportunity Zones, he offered his praise for the work done by state and local governments in curating the list. Governors were given criteria and general guidance but ultimately had a high degree of agency in selecting their own zones. Steve felt that of the more than 8,000 zones selected, there were less than 200 that he disagreed with.

Public Program: “Strategies for State Economic Prosperity” with Mike Kennealy '90

Mike Kennealy '90 will be discussing the challenges in using business principles to run a state government.

While much of today’s political discourse revolves around our national economic climate, each individual state faces unique challenges in its pursuit of job creation and financial prosperity. Striving for economic development on the state level can be much like running a business, as policymakers engage with companies to promote job growth and long-term economic success.

Public Program: The Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship - "Are CEOs Overpaid?"

Please join us for the Portman Lecture in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship, “Are CEOs Overpaid?” at Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, April 14.

As income inequality continues to dominate America’s socioeconomic issues, the spotlight remains on the top one percent of earners. Executive compensation continues to be highly scrutinized by economists, policymakers, the press, and the rest of society. CEO compensation varies by firm, and it is sometimes difficult to decipher why exactly executive income is at these levels. Are CEOs paid based on their performance in competitive markets, or are they overpaid due to imperfect markets and inattentive boards of directors?

Financial Inclusion and Women Empowerment with Chetna Sinha, Founder of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank

What does it take to change the lives of 1 million low-income women? Chetna Sinha, the founder and president of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, aims to find out. With a goal of impacting 1 million female entrepreneurs by 2020, the Mann Deshi bank is a micro-enterprise development bank that operates in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. The bank currently has seven branches, more than 185,000 clients, and conducts over 10,000 transactions daily, impacting the lives of women and their families all over India.

“I found that the low-income women weren’t asking for subsidies from the government – they just wanted to save for themselves and their families,” Sinha remarked.

Sinha founded the bank as a way to help illiterate low-income women understand financial planning. She cited a memorable anecdote about a girl in high school who wanted to save up money for university.

“Financial literacy is a sort of a freedom right for young women. We can help young girls open the roads to education, especially higher education,” Sinha said.

"Financial Inclusion and Women Empowerment" with Chetna Sinha, May 14 @ 4:30 pm

The empowerment of women in today’s economy has become an important, if not crucial, objective in prompting development and progress. In many countries, women serve critical roles in agricultural and commodity production and in providing familial stability. Giving women the tools they need to succeed could be considered requisite to ensuring the ultimate success of their local communities.

Chetna Sinha, Founder & Chairperson on Mann Deshi Mahila Bank and the Mann Deshi Foundation and Ashoka Fellow, will speak to this topic and her personal experiences in founding a micro-enterprise development bank and in promoting female empowerment in financial affairs.

An economist, farmer, and activist, Chetna Sinha works for social change in some of the poorest and most drought-stricken areas of rural India. She is the founder and president of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, a micro-enterprise development bank. The Bank's clients are low-income women with incomes averaging INR 40 (USD 1.00) per day. The Bank currently has seven branches, more than 185,000 clients, and conducts 10,000 transactions daily.

Q&A with Online Education Entrepreneur Chip Paucek of @2Uinc

Chip Paucek Presents: “What is Online Learning?” at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, April 12, 2013


"Entrepreneurship and the Future of the Global Economy" - Talk by Carl Schramm on April 19th at 5:15 PM

The American Dream, which our nation covets so dearly, depends on two core values: capitalism and entrepreneurship. These fundamental American ideals give any person with a creative idea and a motivated work ethic the avenue to succeed.


Carl Schramm is recognized as the leading authority on entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth. Dr. Schramm will share his expertise in entrepreneurship, as well as delve into the new opportunities arising through the future evolution of the global economy.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellows Host Kellerman for First Session

 Barbara Kellerman, the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, discussed concepts from her most recent publications in the inaugural session of the 2010-2011 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program.  

They included what she considers to be “the social disease of bad leadership” and the idea of followership.  After encouraging fellows not to take a leader-centric approach to the conversation, but rather judge individuals based on the whole picture, Kellerman outlined the characteristics of bad leaders and briefly discussed what can be done about them.  She went on to note that bad leaders cannot exist without bad followers and expanded on the theory of followership.   

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