Jeffrey L. Seglin

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Jeffrey L. Seglin
Jeffrey Seglin Teaching.jpg
Born Plattsburgh, N.Y.

M.T.S., Harvard University,

B.A., Bethany College
Occupation Writer, College Professor

Jeffrey L. Seglin (b. in New York) is an American journalist, writer, and teacher. Seglin was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and grew up in many cities in the northeastern U.S., Santiago, Chile, and Boonton, New Jersey[1] where he attended Boonton High School.[2]

Seglin writes "The Right Thing," a syndicated weekly column on general ethics that currently runs in newspapers in the United States and Canada. In the column, he regularly offers solutions to ethical dilemmas posed by readers who write to him at The column was syndicated by the New York Times Syndicate from February 2004 through August 2010. In September 2010, Tribune Media Services began distributing "The Right Thing" column.

Seglin is the author of The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today’s Business. It was named as one of the "Best Business Books of 2003" by the Library Journal. It is a collection of the first four years of “The Right Thing,” which until January 2004 had been a monthly business ethics column he wrote for The Sunday New York Times Money and Business pages since 1998. He is also the author of The Good, the Bad, and Your Business: Choosing Right When Ethical Dilemmas Pull You Apart (Wiley, 2000).

In 2011, Seglin became a lecturer in public policy and director of the communications program[3] at the John F. Kennedy School of Government[4] at Harvard University.

Seglin worked at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts from 1999 until 2011, where he was an associate professor and also director of the graduate program in publishing and writing. He has been an ethics fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies since 2001 and was a resident fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard University in 1998-1999.

He lectures widely on ethics, business ethics, and writing including sessions at the Executive MBA Program at University of Wisconsin–Madison, Duke Corporate Education, Harvard Business School Publishing Virtual Seminars, Virginia Commonwealth University, and other organizations. He was the host of Doing Well by Doing Good, an hour-long live television program airing out of WCVE-TV, PBS's Richmond, Virginia affiliate. He also served as a consultant on the business ethics module of Harvard ManageMentor.[5]

He has been named as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior [6] in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

He is the author or co-author on more than a dozen books on business and writing. He has written for publications including The New York Times, Real Simple, Fortune, FSB,,, Sojourners, MIT's Sloan Management Review, Harvard Management Update, Business 2.0, ForbesASAP, CIO, CFO, MBA Jungle, among others. He has contributed commentaries to Public Radio's Marketplace.

He was the editor of The New York Times News Service's Global Business Perspectives [7] news wire service from 2007 until 2014.

Prior to 1998, he was an executive editor at Inc. magazine. He holds a masters degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor's degree from Bethany College (West Virginia).



  1. ^ Seglin, Jeffrey L. "THE RIGHT THING; My Principles, or the Milk and Cookies?", The New York Times, January 18, 2004. Accessed November 5, 2007. "GROWING up in Boonton, N.J., I routinely stopped at the supermarket on my way to the local bowling alley to pick up a package of Archway ginger cookies, my favorite snack at the time."
  2. ^ Paik, Eugene "Boonton Museum Honors Accomplished Alumni", The Star-Ledger, June 19, 2009. Accessed June 20, 2009. "To Lewis, a former writer for The Jim Henson Company, Boonton's school on Lathrop Avenue appears to have a special knack for churning out fame-bound graduates. In fact, two of his high school friends are featured in the museum's exhibit: Robert Rosner and Jeffrey Seglin."
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  4. ^ Warren, James. "Nuggets of Reform, but Lacking Applause", The New York Times, July 7, 2011. Accessed July 11, 2011. "We’re just dubious about a politician discussing ethics, transparency or other “trust me” issues, as they’re called by Jeff Seglin, a lecturer on public policy and head of the communications program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard."
  5. ^ Press Release: "Harvard Business Publishing to Deliver Groundbreaking Business Resource with Newest Version of Harvard ManageMentor" [1]
  7. ^ Global Business Perspectives, The New York Times News Service