Date: May 17, 2022Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

Free Speech Event #3 – Free Speech in the Workplace: CEOs and Thought Leaders Weigh In (Virtual)

Tue, 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM Zoom Webinar (Information to be sent to Registrants)
General PublicOther


The Harvard Business School Club of New York (HBSCNY) is pleased to present a multi-part series exploring the “Complexity of Free Speech” with a range of experts and opinion leaders from our community.

CEOs, Founders, Board members and consultants are faced with the contradictory needs of our employees and stakeholders to “speak up” about any number of issues, and yet they want to consider work to be a “safe place” where, for example, they are free from social and political judgments and free from what they consider harassing speech.

Please join us for this lively session where the panelists will discuss the following:

  • The First Amendment guarantees citizens the protection of free speech from intrusion by the federal government, but how is that translated to employee and management speech being protected in the workplace?
  • State laws vary a lot, with some state laws protect speech and expression while others prohibit employees from becoming political candidates: so how to manage these varying regulations?
  • The youngest generations in particular are eager to bring their whole selves to work and to be “authentic;” but how does that square with mutual respect for everyone?
  • How do you optimize management in such an environment?
  • What about social media and personal vs. professional use of it?
  • How does union organizing, or reporting fraud or misconduct overlap with employees’ speech rights?

This group of experienced managers and thinkers will discuss how to execute in this complex legal and social environment, bringing specific examples forward from their careers of what worked well and what they wish they could have done better. They will discuss how to play the long game and develop trust in sometimes difficult situations.

The views expressed are those of the speakers and moderator. The Harvard Business School Club of NY is a non-partisan organization committed to a wide range of views and does not support or endorse particular positions about controversial topics. We recognize that this is a sensitive and potentially fractious topic, so we ask all to observe our Harvard Business School Community Values that govern all of the HBSCNY events.

Participants must register by Noon on May 16th to receive details on joining the discussion. The Zoom link will be sent out 24 hours before the event.

Please note that no refunds will be issued.



Amy Binder

Founder and CEO at RFBinder

Amy Binder is the founder and CEO of New York City-based RFBinder Partners Inc., an integrated communications firm, with branches in Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. RFBinder focuses on working with major global corporations and brands on corporate reputation and brand assignments as well as with entrepreneurs and start-ups. She has embraced the use of advanced analytical tools for measuring the success of social media programs and monitoring in real-time client-related news and events. In addition to overseeing the business direction and growth of the agency, Amy is focused on ensuring that every client receives consistent, high-quality service, has continual access to the agency’s best creative and strategic thinking, as well as ensuring that the agency is offering the most innovative use of newly emerging communications channels. Over the past several years she has increased the agency’s commitment to corporate social responsibility for its clients and itself. Amy received her A.B. with Honors from Brown University and her M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School.


Martha Crawford

Martha Crawford - Independent Director, Former C-Suite executive, Private Equity Advisor

Martha Crawford is an international businesswoman, corporate board director, and thought leader on corporate responsibility. Presently working with Macquarie Infrastructure Fund as an Operating Partner, she chairs the ESG (environment, social and governance) committee of the board of Lakeshore Recycling Systems. During a 20-year career in France, Crawford served as Chief Technology Officer and head of global Research and Development (R&D) for several multi-national corporations. Since 2013, Crawford has served as Independent Director for publicly listed multi-national companies in pharmaceuticals, environmental services, and business services (Ipsen Pharma, Suez, Altran). From 2016 to 2021, Crawford held fulltime positions at US business schools. She taught at Harvard Business School (HBS) for three years (the core course “Leadership and Corporate Accountability,” and an elective, “Energy in the 21st Century”) and while there co-authored an HBS case that explored free speech in the workplace at Google. Crawford holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Harvard University (1997), where she was supported by a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She holds an MBA from the French Collège des Ingénieurs (1998), and an Executive Education certificate in Private Equity and Venture Capital Finance from Columbia Business School.


Charles H. Kaplan

Partner at Hodgson Russ LLP, Labor & Employment Practice

Charles H. Kaplan is a Partner in the Labor & Employment Practice in the New York City office of the law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP. For over four decades, Mr. Kaplan has advised employers throughout New York State, and around the nation, concerning the law of the workplace. He has extensive experience counseling domestic and foreign-owned companies and other organizations in a wide range of labor and employment law issues, and has represented management in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and before arbitrators and administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The former President of the New York City Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Mr. Kaplan has counseled employers concerning the scope of the rights of employees – from executives to rank and file workers – to express themselves in and concerning the workplace. Mr. Kaplan earned his B.A. at Yale University. A graduate of Harvard University’s J.D./M.B.A. Joint Program, he received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Jim Moore

CEO, Atlanta Power & Utilities

Jim Moore has been Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Atlantic Power & Utilities Company since January 2015. He has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including building two other independent power businesses and serving as Chief Executive Officer of both. Jim joined the Company from Diamond Castle Holdings LLC (“DCH”), a $1.8 billion private equity firm in New York, where he served as Chairman of Energy and Power from 2008 to 2015. From 2001 to 2008, Jim served as President and CEO of Catamount Energy Corporation (“Catamount”), where he helped transform a small Vermont energy company into a wind-focused growth company. Prior to his tenure at Catamount, Mr. Moore served as Chairman and CEO of American National Power. He also previously served on the boards of Comverge, Inc. in 2012, Green Mountain College from 2008 to 2011 and International Power PLC from 2000 to 2001. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston.


Sree Sreenivasan

Marshall Loeb Visiting Prof of Digital Innovation, Stony Brook, CEO & Co-Founder, Digimentors

Sree Sreenivasan is an expert and scholar in digital communications based in New York City. He is currently the inaugural Marshall Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation and Audience Engagement at Stony Brook. In July, he will be joining the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, working on global media training.

He is CEO and cofounder of Digimentors, a digital, social and virtual & hybrid events consulting company working with corporations, nonprofits and start-ups around the world. He has served as Chief Digital Officer of New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University (where he was a full-time professor of journalism for 20+ years). He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with Ken Lerer. In 2015, Fast Company named him one of the 100 most creative people in business and in 2010, he was named one of the 35 most influential people in social media by the Poynter Institute. In 2014, he was named most influential Chief Digital Officer by CDO Club.

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Date: May 17, 2022Time: 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM


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