DePaul, Business Leaders and Alumni Host Diversity Discussions

The Driehaus College of Business hosted several thought-provoking virtual events in 2021 that brought together business leaders, alumni and the DePaul community to explore issues involving diversity, equity and inclusion in business.

DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, and Malik Murray (BUS ’96, MBA ’04) hosted a fireside chat with Ariel Investments founder, Chairman, Co-CEO & Chief Investment Officer John Rogers, Jr. on Feb. 26. The discussion covered topics that included Ariel Alternatives’ “Project Black” initiative, the first Black-owned mutual fund with a mission to invest and scale minority-owned businesses.

The college’s Faculty and Staff Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity sponsored “Conversations on Race in the Workplace” Jan. 21. This virtual panel discussion featured chief diversity officers sharing how to cultivate anti-racist organizations. The event was moderated by Stephanie Shipp, (DBA’19), Director of Strategy, Operations and Planning, Dell Technologists. Panelists were:

  • Florida Starks, PhD, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ConAgra Brands
  • Eric Fulbright, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Best Buy
  • David Romero (MSHR ’18), Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Wipfli LLP
  • Shanis Windland, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, VMware

On March 3, the Department of Marketing hosted a virtual panel discussion, “Bringing Diversity to the Workplace,” during which business professionals and DePaul marketing students reflected on this topic.

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