Kenneth ChenaultKenneth Chenault Lecture

Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express Company, will deliver the Hagedorn Lecture on Corporate Social Responsibility at Adelphi University  Monday, October 24, at 12:00 p.m.  This free event will be held in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY.

Mr. Chenault, a 30-year veteran of American Express, assumed his current role in 2001.  Under his leadership, the company has supported community and volunteer initiatives throughout the U.S. and overseas. It also created the American Express Leadership Academy, a semi-annual program that trains the next generation of leaders in the non-profit sector.  Mr. Chenault is also known for his role in helping to revitalize Lower Manhattan following the events of 9/11.

A graduate of The Waldorf School in Garden City, Mr. Chenault grew up on Long Island. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College. Recognized by a wide variety of civic, social service, and community organizations, Mr. Chenault has been awarded the Phoenix House Public Service Award, the Corporate Responsibility Award from the International Rescue Committee, and the Wall Street Rising Leadership Award. Mr. Chenault serves on the boards of several corporate and nonprofit organizations, including Procter & Gamble, IBM, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, among others. He and his wife, Kathryn, live in New York with their two children.

Since its inception in 2003, Adelphi’s annual lectureship series on Corporate Social Responsibility has enabled the University to invite prominent speakers to address pressing issues of the day. The series was made possible through a generous contribution from Horace Hagedorn ’01 (Hon.) and wife Amy Hagedorn ’05 (Hon.), and fits in with the University’s overall goal of creating a culture of conscience among students, faculty, staff, administrators, and local community members. For more information about this and other events on campus, please visit, or call the Cultural Events Hotline at 516.877.4555.

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