Public Trust and the Corporation with Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., Steven Parrish, Leslie Dach, Sidney Harman and Damon Silver speaking at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival. John Fund moderates the discussion.
Some of the most inspired and provocative thinkers, writers, artists, business people, teachers and other leaders drawn from myriad fields and from across the country and around the world all gathered in a single place - to teach, speak, lead, question, and answer at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival. Throughout the week, they all interacted with an audience of thoughtful people who stepped back from their day-to-day routines to delve deeply into a world of ideas, thought, and discussion.
Leslie A. Dach
Leslie Dach is executive vice president of corporate affairs for Walmart. He is a member of the company’s executive council, and is responsible for public policy, reputation management, corporate communications, philanthropy, government relations, and the company's social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. He also manages the company’s global security, aviation, and travel departments. Dach has been responsible for the development of initiatives such as Walmart's partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama to make food healthier by dramatically reducing sugar and salt content, and to make healthy food more affordable by reducing prices on fresh fruits and vegetables; its $2 billion commitment to fight hunger; its pledge to remove 20 million metric tons of carbon from its global supply chain; and Walmart's overall corporate giving which reached $800 million last year. Leslie serves on the board of directors of the World Resources Institute and the United Negro College Fund.
John Fund is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and writes the "On The Trail" column for the paper’s OpinionJournal.com.
He is also a contributor to the 24-hour cable new channels CNBC and MSNBC. He joined the Journal in 1984 as deputy editorial features editor. In 1986, he became an editorial page writer specializing in politics and government, and was a member of the editorial board from 1995 to 2001.
A former staffer for the California State Legislature, Fund is author of several books, including Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy and Cleaning House: America's Campaign for Term Limits.
Sidney Harman is executive chairman of Harman International Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio, video, and navigation products for automotive, consumer, and professional markets. From 1970 to 1973, he was president of Friends World College, a worldwide experimental Quaker college.
Harman founded the Program on Technology, Public Policy, and Human Development at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He has written extensively on productivity, quality of working life, and economic policy. He is the co-author (with Daniel Yankelovich) of Starting with the People and the author of Mind Your Own Business. He also serves as a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
Benjamin W. Heineman Jr.
Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., is a senior fellow at Harvard Law School's Program on the Legal Profession and a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
His teaching and research focus on the global anti-corruption movement, corporate citizenship and social responsibility, the corporate response to terrorism, corporate governance, and corporations and public policy.
Previously he was General Electric's senior vice president for law and public affairs and before that a senior vice president and general counsel. During the Carter administration, he was an assistant secretary at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Stephen C. Parrish
Steven C. Parrish is senior vice president for corporate affairs for Altria Group Inc., the parent company of Philip Morris. He oversees government relations, communications, and corporate contributions, and he has led efforts to build bridges to a range of constituencies, including health organizations, antismoking groups, civic bodies, the media, and government. He previously served as senior vice president for worldwide regulatory affairs for Philip Morris Companies Inc., senior vice president for external affairs, and general counsel for Philip Morris USA. He also served in numerous positions covering a range of legal, regulatory, and public affairs issues after first joining the company in 1990.