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Dov Seidman at LRN Knowledge Forum 2014
May 13, 1964|
San Francisco, California, US
|Residence||New York City, New York, US|
|Alma mater||Harvard Law School|
CEO of LRN
Dov Seidman (born May 13, 1964) is an American author, columnist and businessman. He is the author of How and is the founder, chairman and CEO of LRN, an ethics and compliance management firm.
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. He returned to the United States in 1977, when he was 13. Seidman is dyslexic; his dyslexia is the subject of a case study in the book The Dyslexic Advantage.
Seidman attended UCLA simultaneously for both bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy, graduating summa cum laude in 1987. 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. Following Oxford, he attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1992.
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 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.He spoke about issues concerning global leadership at a Fortune Magazine conference for 100 CEOs held in Vatican City.
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  and became a New York Times Best Seller in the "Advice, How-to, and Miscellaneous" category.
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. In 2017, Seidman settled the lawsuit out of court after Chobani withdrew its application for a trademark for "How Matters."
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. In 2017, Seidman and LRN settled all three lawsuits.
Awards and honors
Seidman gave the commencement address at UCLA College of Letters and Science in 2002. He was given the Jurisprudence Award by the Anti-Defamation League in 2003. In 2008, the Economic Times named him one of the Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade. Since 2008, Seidman and LRN have been the corporate partner of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity’s Prize in Ethics Essay Contest, an  In 2009, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Human Letters by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion He was a keynote address speaker at the United Nations Global Compact in 2015.
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