Anti-Racism in Business

Agenda

Friday, April 09

10:00 AM-10:05 AM

Welcome

 
CHAIR

Sherrod Crum

Kenan Scholar, Business Administration minor and Social & Economic Justice Minor, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Class of 2023

Keisha Williams

Director of Marketing and Communications, North Carolina Central University, School of Business
10:05 AM-10:10 AM

Opening Remarks

 
SPEAKERS

Jessie LaMasse

Kenan Scholar, double major in Business Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies and Public Policy minor and EFT & Impact Investment Analyst at BlackRock, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Class of 2021. Conference planning committee member.

Kenneth Xu

Kenan Scholar, double major in Business Administration and Computer Science, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Class of 2023. Conference planning committee member.
10:10 AM-10:55 AM

Fireside Chat

The deans’ fireside chat will feature Anthony Nelson, dean of North Carolina Central University and Doug Schackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The deans will engage in an open and candid conversation about their commitment to providing equitable learning environments that celebrate the contributions and perspectives of each and every student, faculty, staff and partner.  The intended outcome of the conversation is to bring greater awareness of how business schools are approaching DEI-related issues and preparing students to successfully navigate the workplace. The deans will shed light on the role of business schools in addessing racism and other forms of discrimination and harrassment.

 
CHAIR

Jordyn Martin

Cheatham-White Scholar, Dean's Student Advisory Council, North Carolina Central University School of Business, Class of 2022. Conference planning committee member.
 
SPEAKERS

Anthony Nelson, Ph.D.

Dean, North Carolina Central University, School of Business

Doug Shackelford, Ph.D.

Dean, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
10:55 AM-11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM-11:30 AM

Kahoot! BIPOC Business Trivia

Join us for an engaging experience that tests your knowledge of black, indigenous and people of color  business development, employment and their experience in the workplace. Watch and listen for facts that will be shared in the opening slides, opening remarks and fireside chat. We’ll have fun testing our knowledge. Pull out your phone and join at kahoot.it or download the Kahoot! app.

 
CHAIR

Kara Stith

Senior Program Manager, NC Growth, UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Kahoot!

Kahoot! is a global learning platform that makes it easy for any individual or organization to create, share, and play learning games that drive compelling engagement. Kahoot! games can be played anywhere, in person or virtually, using any device with an internet connection. Join at kahoot.it or download the Kahoot! app.
11:30 AM-12:00 PM

Keynote Conversation

Lowe’s CEO, Marvin Ellision will share their approach to diversity, equity and inclusion following this past summer’s social unrest. In this conversation-style format, Mr. Ellison will give a brief overview of Lowe’s anti-racism statement and review specific actions the company has taken to combat racism and inequality. He’ll share insights on his hands-on leadership approach and how it impacts his relationships with employees and his success at Lowe’s. Time permitting, we’ll hear Mr. Ellison’s perspective on similar actions taken by other corporate executives.

Lowe’s Message in the Aftermath of the Death of George Floyd

 
CHAIR

Xavier Nonez

Co-Chair, Minority Business Student Alliance, Incoming Business Associate, Visa, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Class of 2021. Conference planning committee member.
 
SPEAKER

Marvin R. Ellison

 President & CEO, Lowe’s
12:00 PM-12:05 PM

Break

12:05 PM-12:55 PM

Panel Discussion

In this session, attendees will learn how professionals navigate racism and other forms of discrimation and aggressions in the workplace, along with what it means to be an ally. Panelists will discuss ways companies can follow through on their pledges to promote a diverse workforce, foster an inclusive company culture, and advance opportunities for BIPOC employees. We’ll also learn what the future of DEI looks like at some of the country’s most notable companies. Panelists will offer advice on how we can use the privileges we do have to effectively speak up, take action and be allies to those with less access and opportunity. Panelists are looking forward to questions and comments from the audience.

 
CHAIR

Sam Gordon-Pecelli

Kenan Scholar and Incoming Sales Intern, Procter & Gamble, Business Administration major, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Class 2022. Conference planning committee member.
12:05 PM-12:55 PM

Panelists

 
SPEAKERS

Kevin Brown

Principal, Digital Transformation and Intelligent Automation, Ernst & Young

Kevin J. Clark

S&O Head of Talent Transformation, Marketing & Communications, LinkedIn

Rebecca Fernandez

Senior Account Manager, Nike

Michelle Witherspoon

Chief of Operations, People, Culture, Security & Trust Org, Cisco
12:55 PM-1:00 PM

Break

Everyone, please transition to our Zoom meeting room. Follow us to https://kenan-flagler.zoom.us/j/98084789702.

1:00 PM-1:55 PM

Call to Action: What did you say?! Bystander Intervention @Work

Real conversations about race, justice, and diversity are needed more than ever in our workplaces, but sometimes those candid conversations inevitably result in the same microaggressions that women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented individuals face every day in their workplaces. How can we think about “microinterventions” that not only address the microaggressions in the moment but proactively prevent future harm and create the kind of “just” culture that we want to see? This session provides hands-on opportunities to practice how to respond to harmful remarks and behaviors in effective ways, as well as how to implement proactive interventions that prevent incidents from reoccurring and that amplify the voices and contributions of those who are too often undermined in the workplace..

Session sponsored by Altria Group, Inc.

 
CHAIR

Kim Allen, Ph.D.

Kenan Scholars Director and Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group, UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
 
SPEAKER

Ada Gregory

Associate Director, Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics and Student Ombudsperson, Duke University
1:55 PM-2:00 PM

Closing Remarks

 
CHAIR

Keisha Williams

Director of Marketing and Communications, North Carolina Central University, School of Business

Kim Allen, Ph.D.

Kenan Scholars Director and Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group, UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
 
SPEAKER

Jaden Pledger

Co-president, American Marketing Association, North Carolina Central University, Class of 2021
 

Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a broad range of programs in a collaborative culture rooted in core values that date back to its founding in 1919. Graduates are renowned as effective, principled leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills to deliver results in the global business environment.

https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/

 

NC Central School of Business

North Carolina Central University School of Business delivers high-impact undergraduate and graduate business education programs through innovative teaching, relevant scholarship, and academic service learning.

https://www.nccu.edu/business

 

KENAN SCHOLARS

Providing a world-class, transformative scholarship experience for exceptional students who are committed to learning and working at the intersection of business, academia, policy, government and the nonprofit sector at home or abroad.

https://kenaninstitute.unc.edu/kenan-scholars

 

Minority Student Business Alliance

The Minority Business Student Alliance creates professional opportunities that enable students to actualize their potential. We seek to empower, educate, and elevate underrepresented minorities by providing professional development and networking opportunities with various corporate firms. Although based in UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, MBSA is open to all business-minded undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill.

https://www.nccu.edu/business