The Great Era of Opportunity

On this episode of Cocktail Leadership, your host, Kevin Withane talks to Alison Taylor.

Alison Taylor is Executive Director of Ethical Systems, a research collaboration housed at NYU Stern School of Business. She is also a Senior Advisor at BSR, and an Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern School of Business, where she teaches professional responsibility and leadership. Alison has a long track record of consulting for large multinational companies, on strategy, sustainability, political and social risk, culture and behavior, human rights, ethics and compliance, stakeholder engagement, ESG, and anti-corruption. She is a 2019-21 member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption, and a member of Compliance Week’s advisory board.

In this episode, Alison and Kevin explore the generational differences in views around diversity and inclusion, the rise of employee activism, and the need to look at the skills required for Board positions.

You can reach Alison on LinkedIn. You can find out more about Ethical Systems here.

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The Cocktail

For this episode, I have made the Zing Margarita.  As Alison said – she likes the Zing.


Use a rocks glass.

  • 1 lime wedge, plus 1 lime wheel for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims
  • 2 ounces silver tequila (I used Patron)
  • 1 ounce  Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh juice from 1 lime


  1. Run a lime wedge around the outer rims of a rocks glasses and dip the rim in salt. Set aside (I put in a freezer to fast chill).

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice then shake until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds (the bottom of a metal shaker should frost over).
  3. Fill the glass with fresh ice and strain the margarita into the glasses. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.  Kick back and listen to Alison on this episode of Cocktail Leadership.

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