Mitchell Kauffman

MBA, MSFP, Certified Financial Planner
Business Ethics & Managerial (Applied) Economics
HSSB 3065
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I enjoy helping students explore how the theories they’ve learned can be applied to real world settings.  To accomplish this, I bring my 35+ years as a Certified Financial Planner and entrepreneur business owner to bear on offering a practical focus to classroom lessons.  My courses utilize historic case studies and current events to help students understand ethics through a “lessons learned” focus. Realizing we may learn best through different mediums (visual, auditory and reading) I encourage student presentations in addition to weekly readings and class discussions.


Achieving Financial Confidence: Your A-Z Retirement Resource” pub 2015

Are Your Heirs Prepared?- Your A-Z Moneywise Family Resource” pub 2016


Wealth Management for Asian-American Families,” Wall Street Journal pub Nov 13, 2012

Courses Taught:

Wall Street Ethics & Financial Crises (RS190WE): ETHICAL ISSUE-WHAT IS A GOVERNMENT’S ECONOMIC RESPONSIBILITY TO IT’S CITIZENS AS THEY PURSUE HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY?   This discussion-based course balances theory with real-life case studies to explore:

  • What are business cycles and monetary/fiscal policy responses to them during history’s most prominent financial crises?
  • How does money and banking move our economy?
  • What ethical misdeeds have contributed to financial downturns?
  • How can students hone their presentation skills to engage and persuade more effectively?

Students can enhance their personal financial skills as they gain a historical context “lessons learned” that can model ethically considerate behavior in their own lives.

Ethical Investing to Impact Social Change (RS190EI): ETHICAL Q-WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DOES CORPORATE AMERICA HAVE TOWARD THE EVNIRONMENT AND SOCIETY: Whether your passion is protecting the environment, fighting poverty, or promoting global health care, “Ethical Impact Investing” can impact positive change. This discussion-based course balances theory with actual case studies to show how profit incentives may be combined with social consciousness for a win-win investment outcome. Students will come away informed, inspired, and well-equipped to pursue a lifetime of championing social causes.

Have Ethics Gone Awry (RS190GA): ETHICAL Q-WERE INDUSTRIALIZATION’S GAINS WORTH THE SOCIETAL COSTS? Ever wonder how we got to now?  Many socio-economic challenges are traceable to the “Gilded Age (1865-1900)” when the U.S. grew from a fledging agrarian society to a major industrial power.   This discussion-based course balances theory with application to explore:

  • Whether the gains of Industrialization were worth the costs?
  • Were “Divine Providence” and “Manifest Destiny” doctrines misused to exploit immigrants, workers, indigenous and people of color?
  • Were the renown industrialists who built this nation actually Robber Barons?
  • How can students hone their presentation skills to more effectively engage and persuade?

Join us as this course may change your perspective forever!