The Continental Group Foundation established the Robert S. Hatfield Fund for Economic Education at Cornell University in 1980 to honor the then retiring chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the Continental Group Inc.
The fund supports the Hatfield Fellows Program, which serves as a major platform for the exchange of ideas between the academic and the corporate communities. The Hatfield Fellows Program is administered by the president of Cornell University, who each year invites one or more distinguished business leaders to meet with students and faculty members and to deliver a major address, the Hatfield Lecture. In 1981, Robert S. Hatfield ’37 inaugurated the Hatfield Fellows Program by serving as the first fellow.
2018 Hatfield Lecture – “Restructuring Leadership: Why Economics and Empathy Matter in Equal Measure”
Past Hatfield Fellows in Economic Education
Robert S. Hatfield ’37 of the Continental Group
Roger B. Smith of General Motors Corporation
Clifton C. Garvin Jr. of Exxon Corporation
Edward G. Jefferson of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
John F. Welch Jr. of General Electric Company
John R. Opel of International Business Machines Corporation
James L. Ferguson of General Foods Corporation
Richard J. Ferris ’62 of UAL
Colby H. Chandler of Eastman Kodak Corporation
Donald E. Petersen of Ford Motor Company
David T. Kearns of Xerox Corporation
John A. Young of Hewlett-Packard Company
Yoh Kurosawa of the Industrial Bank of Japan Ltd.
Edwin L. Artzt of Proctor & Gamble Company
James R. Houghton of Corning Inc.
Lawrence A Bossidy of Allied Signal
Charles F. Knight ’57, MBA ’59 of Emerson Electric Company
Raymond V. Gilmartin of Merck & Company Inc.
John S. Reed of Citicorp
Charles R. Lee ’61 of Verizon Communications
Robert C. Wright of National Broadcasting Company
Sidney Taurel of Eli Lilly & Company
Sanford I. Weill ’55 of Citigroup
James C. Morgan ’60, MBA ’63 of Applied Materials
Jeffrey R. Immelt of General Electric Company
Ratan N. Tata ’59 of Tata Sons Ltd.
Irwin M. Jacobs ’54 of Qualcomm Inc.
Fisk Johnson ’79, MEng ’80, MS ’82, MBA ’84, PhD ’86 of SC Johnson & Son Inc.
Henry M. Paulson Jr. of the Us Department of Treasury
Irene B. Rosenfeld ’75, MS ’77, PhD ’80 of Kraft Foods Inc.
Eric E. Schmidt of Google
Lowell C. McAdam’76 of Verizon
Mark A. Weinberger of Ernst & Young
George Scangos ’70 of Biogen
Paul Polman of Unilever
Sandra E. Peterson ’80 of Johnson & Johnson
Natarajan Chandrasekaran of Tata Sons