By Henry R. Kravis May 03, 2016

Last night, Henry Kravis, KKR Co-founder, Co-chairman, and Co-CEO, was honored with Columbia Business School’s Centennial Award at the school’s Annual Dinner. Mr. Kravis graduated from CBS with his M.B.A. in 1969 and is actively involved with the Business School serving as the New York Co-chair, on the Board of Overseers. Bringing together alumni, friends, and guests, this year’s landmark Centennial Dinner was a milestone celebration of Columbia Business School’s first 100 years of innovation and community.

In his remarks, Mr. Kravis reflected on lessons learned from his time as a student at the school, as well as our ever changing world which has made business – and teaching business – more complex. Mr. Kravis noted “making money and making the workplace and the world a better place are not mutually exclusive”, encouraging attendees both as leaders and as citizens to contribute to solutions to societal issues. Read on for Mr. Kravis’ full remarks, discussing how both Columbia Business School and KKR have evolved to address this evolving economic, cultural, social and political environment.

Columbia Business School Centennial Dinner

Thank you for that kind introduction. It is an honor and a real pleasure to be here this evening, celebrating Columbia Business School's 100th anniversary with fellow alumni, faculty members, students and friends...
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