A Talk with Christine Bader and Ebele Okobi:
For global companies, new and thorny risks for human rights are emerging alongside opportunities to create value for companies and communities alike. How are leading organizations responding to these challenges: can they be proactive and head off problems before they arise, or must they first learn hard lessons to steel their resolve? Can they build their brand around responsible decisions and behavior, or are these meaningful to only a select few? How do the demands of the public markets and the 24 hour media cycle affect these choices? For those who see the potential, how can they be most effective? We will take on these questions and more in a far-ranging conversation about leading and managing in the 21st century with pioneers Ebele Okobi, Yahoo!'s Global Head & Senior Legal Director for Human Rights, and Christine Bader, former manager of policy development for BP who has just published The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil.
About our Speakers
Christine Bader is author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil. After earning her MBA from Yale, Christine joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China, and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. In 2006 she created a part-time pro bono role as advisor to the U.N. special representative for business and human rights, a role she took up full-time in 2008. She is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University and a Human Rights Advisor to BSR (Business for Social Responsibility). She has published numerous op-eds and articles and shared her story in her TEDx talk, “Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist.”
Ebele Okobi is Global Head and Senior Legal Director of Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program, where she leads Yahoo’s efforts to promote privacy and free expression on the Internet and works to identify innovative solutions to human rights challenges. Before joining Yahoo, Ebele worked as a corporate lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris and London, an attorney fellow at Consumers Union (a consumer rights advocacy NGO) in San Francisco, a director of Advisory Services at Catalyst (an NGO with the mission of advancing women in leadership) in San Jose and Amsterdam and as a member of the Management Development Program at Nike’s EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam, where she created marketing, corporate responsibility and business development strategy for Africa, NikeWomen and Nike Digital. In 2001, she took a sabbatical to volunteer for human rights organizations in the US and Senegal.Ms. Okobi earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California, a JD from Columbia Law School and an MBA Certificat des Études from HEC-Paris. She lives in California with her husband, Rich Harris III, as well as a teenager, a three year old and twin toddlers.