Vikram Pandit, CEO of Citigroup
Columbia University, May 17: "Americans have the right to be angry about the financial crisis. People should question the financial system and those who run it....We cannot live without the financial system, but we do not have to accept its excesses."
Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express
Northeastern University, May 7: "In exchange for...permission to pursue profits, business must behave and act in ways that protect and enhance the world we live in....You can't just look at the bottom line."
Seth Goldman, Co-founder, president, and CEO of Honest Tea
American University, May 8: "Be the tea....You may not be the sweetest or cheapest tea...or the one with the flashiest label. But...if you believe in what you're doing, you'll be more effective, more passionate, and more authentic in everything you do."
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Syracuse University, May 16: "More than any previous generation, you have been tested and shaped by unrelenting change....The opportunities that you'll create...may not yet be evident....But you will change the world for the better. Of this I am sure."