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Oral history interview with Ellen J. Bloom [electronic resource], 2012.

Creator: Bloom, Ellen J.
Project: Carnegie Corporation project. Pt. 3.
(see all project interviews)
Phys. Desc. :transcript: 72 pages. + index. sound recording : 1 digital audio file (72 min.). sound recording : 1 digital audio file (81 min.).
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Corporate Vice President.

Scope and Contents

Vice President, Chief Administrative Offices and Corporate Secretary. Childhood in Bayside, Queens, New York: parents' careers in teaching; personal education; career path in human resources; decision to leave the corporate world for nonprofit work: hiring at Carnegie Corporation of New York as director of human resources, promotion to CAO/corporate secretary; undergraduate education at Cornell: admission to School of Industrial and Labor Relations; pursuit of law degree; left position at American Express: fatigue with corporate world, year of rest and recuperation, personal goals and requirements for new job; actions as director of human resources: internal criticism of Carnegie Corporation, need for improved communication, personnel changes; role of corporate secretary: bylaws and constitution, work with trustees and committees; role of board members; leadership of Vartan Gregorian: role of president, grantmaking; legacy of Andrew Carnegie; need for and results of grant-tracking system; evaluation of grants; future goals for Carnegie Corporation: diffusion of knowledge, collaboration, preservation of history; effects of 2008 financial crisis; cost management; hiring and orientation; focus on research; grantmaking strategy; personal achievements; value of corporate human resources experience.


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Copyright by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2013.

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