Coudert Institute Speakers

Bill Cook retired from teaching at SUNY Geneseo after 42 years, with the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor of History. He has authored several books about medieval history and local history and has made 10 audio/video courses for The Great Courses. Bill has won teaching awards from SUNY, The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Baylor University, and the Medieval Academy of America. He is a specialist in the history of Christianity and has written extensively about St. Francis of Assisi and his Order.

Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen was Chief of Strategy & Chief Legal Officer at David Yurman Enterprises for seven years, where she oversaw all legal matters and advised the owners on CEO search, Board development, and succession planning. 

Prior to that, Lisa practiced media law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, representing Disney, NBC, and Newsweek in various litigation matters.

Lisa served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court, where she worked on the Court’s big women’s rights case, Virginia Military Institute. Lisa also clerked for Judge Harry Edwards, Chief Judge of DC Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where she was President and Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Law Review

Lisa sits on the Board of Planned Parenthood of NYC, overseeing the organization’s strategic plans and financial health. In addition, Lisa frequently speaks on women’s rights and reproductive justice.

Lisa lives in NYC with her husband and four children. 

Bruce Jones is vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and a senior fellow in the Institution's Project on International Order and Strategy. Jones’ research expertise and policy experience is in international security. His current research focus is on U.S. foreign policy strategy and the implications of a changing international order.

Jones has extensive experience and expertise on intervention and crisis management. He served in the United Nations' operation in Kosovo, and was special assistant to the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. He has also served in advisory positions for the U.S. State Department and the World Bank on fragile states.

Jones has written for, appeared with, or been cited by: CNN; BBC World Service; The New York Times; Los Angeles Times; NPR; The Huffington Post; Project Syndicate; Nikkei; Bloomberg News; Al Jazeera English; Reuters; Voice of America; CCTV; and Sky News.

 He received his PhD and MA from the London School of Economics, and BA from the University of Toronto.

Judy Glickman Lauder is an internationally recognized photographer, humanitarian and philanthropist. She is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. Her work is held in private collections and public institutions around the world, including the

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art; New York; and the United States Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC. She is represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City.

Lauder’s photographs were recently published by the Aperture Foundation in a book titled Beyond the Shadows: The Holocaust and the Danish Exception (2018). These photographs are also the subject of two traveling exhibitions, Holocaust: The Presence of the Past and Resistance and Rescue: Denmark’s Response to the Holocaust, which have been shown at more than two hundred institutions around the world. Other books by Lauder include Upon Reflection: Photographs by Judy Ellis Glickman(2012); Both Sides of the Camera: Photographs from the Collection of Judy Ellis Glickman(2007); as well as a book on the work of her father, For the Love of It: the Photography of Irving Bennett Ellis(2008).

Presently, Mrs. Lauder serves on the Board of Trustees of the Portland Museum of Art and is a member of both the Getty Museum Photographic Council and the Photographic Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alan Patricof is the founder and managing director of Greycroft.  A longtime innovator and advocate for venture capital, Alan entered the industry in its formative days with the creation of Patricof & Co. Ventures Inc., a predecessor to Apax Partners – today, one of the world’s leading private equity firms with $41 billion under management. He stepped back from the daily administration and operational aspects of Apax Partners, LP in 2004 to concentrate on a group of small venture deals on its behalf.  In 2006, he founded Greycroft Partners, a venture capital firm, to invest in leading early and expansion stage investments in digital media.  With offices in New York and Los Angeles, Greycroft is currently investing from its fifth Fund as well as its second Growth Fund and has $1B+ under management

 With a 40-plus year career in venture capital, Alan has been instrumental in growing the venture capital field from a base of high net-worth individuals to its position today with broad institutional backing, as well as playing a key role in the essential legislative initiatives that have guided its evolution. He has helped build and foster the growth of numerous major global companies, including, among others, America Online, Office Depot, Cadence Systems, Cellular Communications, Inc., Apple Computer, FORE Systems, NTL, IntraLinks, and Audible. He was also a founder and chairman of the board of New York magazine, which later acquired the Village Voice and New West magazine.

 Alan is active in the New York and Washington communities.  He is currently a board member of the Finance Committee of Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem and the Board of Overseers of Columbia School of Business.  He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

 Alan holds a BS in Finance from Ohio State University and an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is married to his wife Susan for 48 years and has three children and seven grandchildren.


Ari Rubenstein is Deputy Communications Director at Corporate Accountability. In this role, he helps direct the organization's strategic communications for a wide variety of audiences, bringing a particular focus to crafting messages and telling stories that embolden people to tap into their own power as agents of change. He also conducts workshops and trainings for staff, activists, and supporters; works with campaign organizers to develop strategic plans; and coordinates special organizational projects. Prior to joining staff at Corporate Accountability International, he organized with Environment Connecticut and with Green Corps—the Field School for Environmental Organizing. Ari is a graduate of Brown University.

John Sculley is a recognized expert and popular speaker about high-tech tools for tackling such challenges as corporate revitalization and the high cost of health care. What may be surprising is the path that led him here. The son of a Wall Street lawyer father and an artistic mother, John Sculley was born in New York City and grew up in Bermuda and on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. As college approached, he was more interested in architecture and industrial design than in marketing or technology. He earned an undergraduate degree from Brown University and enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Architecture. But a summer internship at a New York industrial design firm convinced Sculley that marketers, not designers, were calling the shots. So he switched to Wharton, Penn’s prestigious graduate school of business. After earning his MBA in 1963, and taking advantage of his interest in math and statistical modeling, Sculley worked in market research for a New York advertising agency. Four years later, as big corporations began moving their marketing operations in-house, he joined the Pepsi-Cola Company as a trainee. Sculley describes his first few months at Pepsi as a whirlwind of different jobs in different cities as he learned the rules of corporate culture and the ropes of the soft drink industry. By 1970, at age 30, he was Pepsi’s youngest vice president of marketing, managing a staff of 75. In 1977, after heading the company’s International Foods division and then serving as senior vice president for US sales and marketing, he was named the youngest ever President of Pepsi-Cola. Sculley credits his years at Pepsi for the evolution of his marketing approach. He says, “My ideas about marketing revolved around building the best possible consumer experiences and then helping find the most creative ways to tease a consumer’s curiosity to become our loyal user.” In his 1987 book, Odyssey, Sculley says that it was a speech by anthropologist Margaret Mead that inspired the revitalized Pepsi Generation campaign. Mead noted that the single most important factor for marketers since the end of World War II was the emergence of an affluent middle class. Sculley focused on how Pepsi could tap into the children of this generation by associating Pepsi via television with the Baby Boomers’ lifestyle activities. The Pepsi Challenge was another consumer-experience-centered campaign, designed to capture the surprise of Coca-Cola drinkers when they discovered that they had chosen Pepsi over Coke in a blind product taste test. By the time Sculley left Pepsi in 1983, the Pepsi brand had become the largest-selling consumer packaged goods brand in America, surpassing Coca-Cola in market share. The partnership of Steve Jobs and John Sculley has been well-documented in Sculley’s own book, in countless interviews, and, most recently, in the biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson, published shortly after Jobs’ death in late 2011. Why did Jobs hire Sculley? Says Sculley, “Steve wanted to be CEO, but the Apple board felt he wasn’t ready. Steve was still over a year away from launching the Mac and the company needed the aging Apple II to continue to provide cash flow for the next three years.” Today, John Sculley is focused on sharing his considerable experience with corporate executives, “serial entrepreneurs,” and third-wave companies that are not afraid to take risks, to adapt to change, or to use technological advances to achieve their goals.


Gillian Tett was educated at the North London Collegiate School, an independent school for girls in Edgware, in the London Borough of Harrow in northwest London, during which time, at the age of 17, she worked for a Pakistani nonprofit.

After leaving school, she went up to Clare College, Cambridge, where she earned a PhD in Social Anthropology based on field research in Tajikistan in the former Soviet Union. She expressed frustration with an academic anthropology that in her view has been committing "intellectual suicide" and decided instead to pursue a career in journalism.

In 1993, Tett joined the Financial Times as a correspondent from the former Soviet Union and Europe. In 1997, she was posted to Tokyo, where she later became bureau chief. In 2003, she became deputy head of the influential Lex column. Tett was then U.S. managing editor at the FT, before working as an assistant editor and columnist before returning to the U.S. Managing Editor position. She is also the chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Knight–Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism with Columbia University.

During the years 2005–2007, Tett applied her skills in ethnographic research to J.P. Morgan and discovered that the insular culture was leading to the creation of financial instruments that had little basis and that could cause severe economic disruption. In 2006, she predicted the financial crisis. Her 2009 book Fool's Gold recounts the lead-up to the economic crisis and the eventual collapse. She also played a significant role in the 2010 documentary Inside Job about the financial crisis of 2008.

In 2010 Tett interviewed author Sebastian Mallaby on C-SPAN about his book More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite providing a very clear image of hedge funds. Mallaby introduced "James Simons, founder of the Renaissance Technologies hedge fund and arguably the most successful investor of all time" but who was virtually unknown in 2010.

Tett's 2009 book Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe was widely reviewed throughout the English-speaking world and won the Spear's Book Award for the financial book of 2009.

Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.


Musical Guests: Time for Three: The original members of the group were Nick Kendall and Zachary DePue (violins) and Ranaan Meyer (double bass). DePue is the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and in the summer of 2015, he decided to leave Tf3 and dedicate his full time to the orchestra. He was initially to be replaced by Canadian Nikki Chooi, who had also attended the Curtis Institute, but this plan was derailed when Chooi was offered the Concertmaster's chair with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Seldom at a loss, the group immediately rebounded and announced that Juilliard graduate Charles Yang, described by the Boston Globe as one who, "...plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star..." would be their new member.[2]

 The charter members of Time for Three met while students at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3] Initially, they discovered a mutual interest in bluegrass and country fiddling, and Meyer added jazz and improvization to the mix as the three were "...playing together for fun..." Kendall and DePue were performing as members of the Philadelphia Orchestra when a thunderstorm knocked out the electricity. As electricians scurried to remedy the problem, they stepped up and played an acoustic jam session in the dark. The impromptu session's folk and country selections sparked interest in their eclectic work with Meyer and led to the trio becoming a professional unit.[4]

Since becoming a formal performance ensemble in 2003, Time for Three has appeared alone and with symphonic and chamber orchestras all across the U.S.A. and in Europe. Tf3 has also played such diverse venues as Yoshi's (jazz club)Indianapolis Colts games, the Indianapolis 500, and on the aircraft carrier museum ship USS Intrepid (CV-11) in New York Harbor.[5]

Time for Three entered into a three year term as the first artists-in-residence with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and currently continue that residency, performing with and away from the orchestra and developing programs to widen the orchestra's appeal in the local community.[6]

The trio are such frequently featured artists on NPR that they have their own Tf3 webpage there.[7]

As a part of their educational outreach, Tf3 produced an anti-bullying video performing the Kanye West/Daft Punk song Stronger which was released on YouTube and was featured on CNN and The Huffington Post.[5]

The group self-produced two CD albums which sold more than 20,000 copies before signing with E1 Music and releasing 3 Fervent Travelers in 2010. 3 Fervent Travelers debuted in the BillboardCrossover Charts Top 10 and remained there for more than 10 months.[4]

The group signed with Universal Music Classics, and Time For Three was released in June 2014. The group's fourth album includes performances with guest performers Joshua RadinAlisa WeilersteinBranford MarsalisLily & Madeleine, and Jake Shimabukuro.[8]