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From Academia to Wall Street: Discussing DEI at Business Schools

Virtual July 14, 2021 Public Event

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Challenging conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion are happening on every college and university campus this year. These conversations are also starting to occur in boardrooms, on shareholder calls, and within HR departments in corporate settings. Bridging these two worlds — academia and Wall Street — are business schools.

This panel discussed how business schools can benefit from the existing body of scholarship on diversity training, equip their students to have these conversations in the workplace, and stress the importance of viewpoint diversity. This event took place on Wednesday, July 14th at 1pm ET and was co-hosted by Heterodox Academy and Philanthropy Roundtable.

About the Speakers

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    John Hasnas is a professor of law (by courtesy) at Georgetown University Law Center, a professor of business at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He has held previous appointments as associate professor of law at George Mason University School of Law, visiting associate professor of law at Duke University School of Law and the Washington College of Law at American University, and Law and Humanities Fellow at Temple University School of Law. Hasnas has also been a visiting scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in Washington, DC and the Social Philosophy and Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Lafayette College, his J.D. and Ph.D. in Legal Philosophy from Duke University, and his LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple Law School. His scholarship concerns ethics and white collar crime, jurisprudence, and legal history.

  • Kudesia, Ravi headshot
    Ravi S. Kudesia (PhD in Management, Washington University in St. Louis) is an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Before joining the Fox School, he was a research fellow at Future Resilient Systems: a think tank established collaboratively by ETH Zürich and the National Research Foundation of Singapore. Dr. Kudesia researches how people can organize more mindfully. In doing so, he explores three interdependent processes: attention (what information people notice in situations), interpretation (how people give meaning to that information), and energy (how engaged people are in responding to situations). Going beyond the individual level, his research further concerns how attention, interpretation, and energy transfer across individuals as they organize into collectives—and how these collectives solve problems and make sense of their environments.
  • Taylor, Alison
    Alison Taylor is Executive Director of Ethical Systems, a research collaboration housed at NYU. 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. She is currently writing a book for Harvard Business Review Press, on how business can do the right thing in a turbulent world. 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. Alison previously held leadership roles at BSR and Control Risks, and has worked at PwC, Transparency International, and IHS Global Insight. She has a BA from Balliol College, Oxford University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

About the Moderator

  • Ghate, Debi

    Debi Ghate is Philanthropy Roundtable’s vice president of strategy and programs. She joined the team after several years at The Snider Foundation, where she served as senior director. Trained as a lawyer in Ontario, Canada, Ms. Ghate practiced in civil litigation before moving to California to join the Ayn Rand Institute. At the Institute, she oversaw the education and policy programs before serving on leadership teams at two Foundations, including the Charles Koch Foundation and the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship.

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