Author, expert on women in business to give ethics lecture

October 31, 2012  

Nina Godiwalla

Nina Godiwalla
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nina Godiwalla, author of "Suits: A Woman on Wall Street," will speak Nov. 15 as part of the Purdue University Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics.

Godiwalla will speak on "Leadership and Valuing Diversity in Corporate America" at 7 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union's South Ballroom.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the College of Education's James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship and the Krannert School of Management.

Godiwalla is a recognized expert on leadership, diversity and women in the business world. Her book is an insider's perspective on her experience at Morgan Stanley from what could be considered an outsider's point of view as a woman, second-generation Indian-American and Texan.

She is also the CEO of MindWorks, which provides leadership and stress management training to corporations and other professional organizations. She is an industry leader for The Wall Street Journal Executive Task Force for Women in the Economy, leadership instructor for the University of Texas MBA program and writer for Wharton Magazine.

Godiwalla has been a keynote speaker at a variety of venues including the White House, NASA, The World Affairs Council and the Smithsonian.

She has master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Dartmouth University.

The Purdue Series on Corporate Citizenship and Ethics began in 2003. Speakers chosen from a variety of disciplines discuss business ethics and the role citizens play in corporate ethics, providing an overview of the impact of corporate ethics on business, the economy and society as a whole.

The second speaker in this academic year's series will be Charles Best, founder and CEO of He will speak on campus Feb. 7.

Godiwalla's talk is sponsored by Purdue Federal Credit Union and ArcelorMittal.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,

Source: Tim Newton, Krannert director of external relations and communications, 765-496-7271,

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