Research Center Events

A Special Preview Screening of “Why Is Mona Lisa Smiling?"

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Date: Monday, May 1
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm ET
Location: NYU Stern (by invitation only)

Join the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, along with Fortune, Diligent, and Brand New World Studios for a look at the current state of modern corporations and a glimpse of what the future might hold when those organizations are focused on helping save the world. The evening begins with a screening of Why Is Mona Lisa Smiling? The Re-imagination of the Corporation

After the film, join us for a panel discussion with:

  • Joanna Durr, Director of Why is Mona Lisa Smiling?
  • Brad Siegel, Executive Producer and CEO, Brand New World Studios
  • Professor Tensie Whelan, Founding Director of NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
  • Martin Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer, JUST Capital
  • Moderated by Alan Murray, Executive Producer, Chief Executive Officer, FORTUNE Media

Why is Mona Lisa Smiling? The Re-imagination of the Corporation is meant to be a catalyst for intelligent discourse on the role of business in society. The film explores the shift away from shareholder primacy toward a purpose-driven, stakeholder-focused model of capitalism. Informed by the lessons and parallels between our time and the Renaissance — a global pandemic that prompted reciprocal free market relationships and expanded philosophical mindsets, fueled by the democratization of knowledge and power — the film makes the case for more inclusive capitalism and lays the foundation for the re-imagination of the corporation. The film stars CEOs and thought leaders who delve into what is required to evolve corporations and why it is essential to our collective future.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit the Center's website.