Oral history interview with Ellen J. Bloom, 2012


Bloom, Ellen J (Interviewee)
Weiss, Thomas G. (Thomas George), 1946- (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Ellen J. Bloom, 2012
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: a dmission 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.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
Personnel management; Executives; Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations--Political activity; Endowments; Bloom, Ellen J; Gregorian, Vartan; Carnegie Corporation of New York
oral histories
Physical Description
72 pages. + index; 1 digital audio file (72 min.); 1 digital audio file (81 min.)
Note (Biographical)
Corporate Vice President.
Interviewed by Thomas G. Weiss on May 7 and 10, 2012.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Ellen J. Bloom
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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