November 13 — Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation

Thursday, November 13, 2014
5:45 pm  Reception
6:30-7:30 pm  Forum
(please note this is an evening Forum)

Judith Rodin

Rockefeller Foundation

The Resilience Dividend:
Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong

in conversation with Hiram E. Chodosh, 
President, Claremont McKenna College

500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

$20 General Admission*
$43 Includes Rodin’s book*
(*No part of the admission charge is a charitable donation to The Rockefeller Foundation)

Judith Rodin has been president of The Rockefeller Foundation since 2005. During her tenure she has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges and disruptions of the twenty-first century, to support and shape innovations that strengthen resilience and build more inclusive economies. A research psychologist by training, Dr. Rodin was the first woman to serve as president of an Ivy League institution, the University of Pennsylvania. She was the provost and dean of the graduate school at Yale University. She serves on the boards of corporations and nonprofit institutions, has received nineteen honorary degrees, and is widely recognized as a global leader.

Building resilience—the ability to bounce back more quickly and effectively—is an urgent social and economic issue. Our interconnected world is susceptible to sudden and dramatic shocks and stresses: a cyber-attack, a new strain of virus, a structural failure, a violent storm, a civil disturbance, an economic blow.

Through an astonishing range of stories, Judith Rodin shows how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges:

• Medellin, Colombia, was once the drug and murder capital of South America. Now it’s host to international conferences and an emerging vacation destination.
• Tulsa, Oklahoma, cracked the code of rapid urban development in a floodplain.
• Airbnb, Toyota, Ikea, Coca-Cola, and other companies have realized the value of reducing vulnerabilities and potential threats to customers, employees, and their bottom line.
• In the Mau Forest of Kenya, bottom-up solutions are critical for dealing with climate change, environmental degradation, and displacement of locals.
• Following Superstorm Sandy, the Rockaway Surf Club in New York played a vital role in distributing emergency supplies.

As we grow more adept at managing disruption and more skilled at resilience-building, Rodin reveals how we are able to create and take advantage of new economic and social opportunities that offer us the capacity to recover after catastrophes and grow strong in times of relative calm.

Hiram E. Chodosh is president of Claremont McKenna College. He is an internationally recognized expert in institutional justice reform and comparative legal scholarship.

Chodosh has served in senior advisory positions for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. State Department, and many court systems, non-profit organizations, and national commissions. He received the Gandhi Peace Award in 2011.

He is the author of Global Justice Reform: A Comparative Methodology, published in 2005 by NYU Press. Chodosh’s forthcoming book, co-authored with Shimon Shetreet, is entitled The Uniform Civil Code of India: Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Since joining the College in 2013, Chodosh has launched The Student Imperative, a dynamic initiative designed to grow critically important performance capacities and norms of personal and social responsibility in this generation of students leaders, and to ensure affordability and access through a $100 million fundraising effort for financial aid and scholarships for CMC students.

Prior to his arrival at Claremont McKenna, Chodosh served as Dean and Hugh B. Brown Endowed Presidential Professor of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, where he was also served as the Senior Presidential Adviser on Global Strategy. Chodosh received his B.A. in history from Wesleyan University in 1985, and his J.D. in 1990 from Yale Law.

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