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About Laura Hartman

Laura Pincus Hartman is the Director of the Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy and Clinical Professor of Business Ethics in the department of Organizational Behavior at Boston University Questrom School of Business. She also serves as an Associated Professor at the Kedge Business School (Marseille, France).
Previously, she was Vincent de Paul Professor of Business Ethics at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business and a Senior Wicklander Fellow at the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. Hartman also has taught at INSEAD (France), HEC (France), the Université Paul Cezanne Aix Marseille III, the University of Toulouse, and at the Grenoble Graduate School of Business.
Hartman co-founded and currently serves as Board Chair of a trailblazing trilingual elementary school in Haiti, the School of Choice / l’Ecole de Choix, which provides high quality leadership development education to children living in the most extreme conditions of poverty. She was also instrumental in the hands-on design and implementation of a micro-development, finance and education system for people living in poverty in Haiti, Zafèn.
From 2009-2012, Hartman was Director of External Partnerships for Zynga.Org, through which Zynga players of FarmVille, Words with Friends and other online games have contributed nearly $20 million toward both domestic and international social causes. Hartman’s work, integrated throughout these endeavors and published in more than 80 articles, cases and books, demonstrates the potential for innovative and profitable partnerships to alleviate poverty while providing measurable value to all stakeholders involved.
A winner of the Microsoft CreateGOOD award at Cannes Lions (2015), named one of one of Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business (2014), Hartman serves as an advisor to a number of start-ups and has consulted with multinational for-profits, non-profits and educational institutions. She was invited to BAInnovate’s inaugural UnGrounded lab and has been named to Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Woman.”
Hartman graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. She splits her time between Boston and Chicago.


Present, The School of Choice / l'Ecole de Choix (Haiti)
Present Chair, Board of Directors, The School of Choice / l'Ecole de Choix (Haiti)
Present Clinical Professor of Business Ethics, Dept. of Organizational Behavior, Boston University
Present Director, Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Business ethics on issues related to for-profit / non-profit partnerships, corporate governance, responsibility and culture, the employment relationship, global labor conditions and standards, the impact of technology on employment relationships, and the alleviation of global poverty through profitable corporate partnerships.

Honors and Awards

  • DePaul Excellence in Teaching Award
  • DePaul University Public Service Award
  • MPAH Humanitarian Award (Haiti)
  • Annual Vincentian Ethics Award
  • NW / Kellogg Honor Roll for Excellence in Teaching


  • Business Ethics
  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Foundation of Business Thought

Contact Information

Boston University | Questrom School of Business
595 Commonwealth Avenue, 515D | Boston, MA 02215


Global Poverty Alleviation (26)