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Mary Uhl-Bien Interviewed on CNBC About CEOs Leaving the President’s Business Councils

“This is a seriously lost opportunity,” said Management Professor Mary Uhl-Bien, discussing the departure of corporate leaders from President Trump’s business councils.

August 17,  2017

By Elaine Cole

On CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Mary Uhl-Bien, the BNSF Endowed Professor of Leadership at TCU’s Neeley School of Business, said that CEOs were excited to join the business council, but significant policy shifts and pressure from customers forced them to reflect on their positions on issues such as trade, pollution, immigration and climate. “We saw it escalate this week with CEOs deciding that they can’t be part of an association with this administration,” she said.

Uhl-Bien said it is a very difficult situation. “The public sentiment is that business leaders have to take a moral stand. This is a different situation for business leaders. They have to be much more agile and adaptive in this changing environment,” she said.

Uhl-Bien emphasized that the CEOs didn’t want to leave the council. “They did not want to do this. They were excited to have a voice at the table. They wanted to represent their constituents. They believed they would influence policy to benefit productivity and jobs. This was a seriously lost opportunity,” she said.

Watch the interview here: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/08/17/ceo-departures-a-moral-and-ethical-issue-tcus-mary-uhl-bien.html?play=1