Dov Seidman

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Dov Seidman
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Dov Seidman at LRN Knowledge Forum 2014
Born (1964-05-13) May 13, 1964 (age 54)
San Francisco, California, US
ResidenceNew York City, New York, US
Alma materHarvard Law School
OccupationAuthor
CEO of LRN
Websitewww.howistheanswer.com

Dov Seidman (born May 13, 1964) is an American author, columnist and businessman.[1] He is the author of How[2][3] and is the founder, chairman and CEO of LRN,[4] an ethics and compliance management firm.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Seidman was born in San Francisco, California. His father, Alex, was a Polish-born physician who died in 1992. At the age of 3, Seidman moved to Israel with his mother and two siblings.[7] He returned to the United States in 1977, when he was 13. Seidman is dyslexic;[8] his dyslexia is the subject of a case study in the book The Dyslexic Advantage.[9]

Education[edit]

Seidman attended UCLA simultaneously for both bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy, graduating summa cum laude in 1987.[10] He then received another bachelor's degree from Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics, where he was a Newton-Tatum scholar and served as captain of the Balliol College crew team.[10] Following Oxford, he attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1992.[11]

Career[edit]

After law school, Seidman joined the law firm O'Melveny & Myers and left in December 1992 to launch LRN.[12]

He has testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission about the need for companies to develop ethical cultures instead of ‘check-the-box’, compliance-only approaches, and his testimony helped shaped the amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines[13] He was hired by the NFL commissioner in 2014 to advocate to its owners and head coaches the need for the NFL to create a culture where tolerance and respect were normal expectations.[14]He spoke about issues concerning global leadership at a Fortune Magazine conference for 100 CEOs held in Vatican City.[15]

Publications[edit]

US Book Cover

Seidman wrote a book How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything... in Business (and in Life) published in September 2007. In 2011, How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, an expanded edition, was published [16][17][18] and became a New York Times Best Seller in the "Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous" category.[19]

Seidman is a columnist for DealBook in the New York Times; the digital Wall Street Journal,[20] Forbes,[21] and The Huffington Post.

Legal disputes[edit]

Seidman sued yogurt maker Chobani and its advertising agency Droga5 in 2014 claiming that an advertising campaign run that same year around the theme "How Matters" violated trademarks legally held by Seidman.[22][23][1] In 2017, Seidman settled the lawsuit out of court after Chobani withdrew its application for a trademark for "How Matters."[24]

In March 2016, Seidman and LRN filed a lawsuit for breach of fiduciary duty against William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, his agent for the book, How.[25] In 2017, Seidman and LRN settled all three lawsuits.[24][26][27]

Awards and honors[edit]

Seidman gave the commencement address at UCLA College of Letters and Science in 2002.[28][29] He was given the Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League in 2003.[30] Since 2008, Seidman and LRN have been the corporate partner of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity’s Prize in Ethics Essay Contest.[13] In 2009, Seidman was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters by the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion.[31] Seidman was a keynote address speaker at the United Nations Global Compact in 2015.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Seidman resides in New York City, New York with his wife and two children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mahler, Jonathan (October 5, 2014). "If the Word 'How' Is Trademarked, Does This Headline Need a ™?". New York, N.Y., United States: New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. A1. Archived from the original on January 6, 2018. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Seidman, Dov (2011). "How: why how we do anything means everything". Wiley ; John Wiley [distributor.
  3. ^ Mahler, Jonathan (October 5, 2014). "If the Word 'How' Is Trademarked, Does This Headline Need a ™?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 5, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Seidman, Dov (September 21, 2011). How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything. Wiley. ISBN 1118106377.
  5. ^ Clancy, Heather (October 26, 2013). "Disruptor - Dov Seidman, founder and CEO, LRN". ZDNet. Archived from the original on September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Friedman, Thomas (June 24, 2012). "The Rise of Popularism" (Sunday Review). New York, N.Y., United States: New York Times. The New York Times Company. p. SR13. Archived from the original on March 31, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Haaretz.com Dov Seidman's secret: You don't have to be a sucker to succeed Archived September 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., July 1, 2012
  8. ^ Heisel, William (July 5, 2009). "His keen sense of ethics has paid off handsomely". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Eide M.D.,M.A., Brock L.; Eide M.D., Fernette F. (July 31, 2012). The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain. Plume; Reprint edition. ISBN 0452297923. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Bloomberg Business - Executive Profile: Dov L. Seidman". Bloomberg News. Bloomberg L.P. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Forbes.com Dov Seidman - Contributor Archived October 9, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "A Principal with Principle". Harvard Law Bulletin. April 1, 2004. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Clancy, Heather. "Disruptor - Dov Seidman, Founder and CEO, LRN". ZD Net. Archived from the original on September 17, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Pompei, Dan (March 24, 2014). "Can This Man Help Save the NFL's Soul?". Sports on Earth. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  15. ^ Murray, Alan; Huddleston, Tom (August 21, 2017). "The Moral Imperative of Leadership". Forune. Archived from the original on July 9, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  16. ^ Kleiner, Art (May 29, 2012). "The Thought Leader Interview: Dov Seidman". Strategy + Business. Archived from the original on March 13, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  17. ^ Bollinger, Michael (June 2011). "The Means to Differentiation" (PDF). Strategic Finance. 92 (12): 21. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 31, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Seidman, Dov (2011). How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything. Wiley. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  19. ^ "NYT Best Seller list - How: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything". The New York Times. November 6, 2011. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  20. ^ "The Experts". The Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  21. ^ "Contributor". Forbes - Dov Seidman. Forbes. Archived from the original on August 5, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  22. ^ Tracy, Abigail. "The Tweet That Got Chobani Sued for Millions". Inc. Inc. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  23. ^ "Chobani Gets Sued in a Case That Hinges on a Tweet". AdWeek. June 4, 2014. Archived from the original on July 13, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Law grad settles claims that Chobani co-opted his 'how' philosophy in a marketing campaign". ABA Journal. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  25. ^ Cullins, Ashley (March 16, 2016). "Author Sues WME Over Chobani Super Bowl Commercial". Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 13, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  26. ^ "LRN and Dov Seidman Settle Lawsuits Brought Against William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Droga5 and Chobani". PR Newswire (Press release). October 11, 2017. Archived from the original on July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  27. ^ "LRN and Dov Seidman Settle Lawsuits Brought Against William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Droga5 and Chobani". www.prnewswire.com. Archived from the original on July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  28. ^ Jenkins, Christina (June 13, 2006). "Searching for a Speech". DailyBruin.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  29. ^ Dov Seidman - UCLA Commencement Speech, March 15, 2012, archived from the original on August 5, 2018, retrieved July 30, 2018
  30. ^ Madnick, Wendy (March 6, 2003). "An Ethical Vision". Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  31. ^ "Dov L. Seidman to receive Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion Graduation Ceremonies". Hebrew Union College -- Jewish Institute of Religion. Hebrew Union College. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  32. ^ "'Business can be a global force for good,' Bans says as General Assembly honours UN Global Compact". United Nations News Centre. United Nations. Archived from the original on July 31, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.