Rice Business’ diversity, equity and inclusion conference Oct. 27 brings together industry experts

McNair Hall, home of Rice Business

HOUSTON – (Oct. 19, 2023) – The annual diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) conference from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is slated for Oct. 27 and will provide a forum for awareness, dialogue and skill-building, according to event organizers.

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Rice Business aims to create rich learning environments in its classrooms and conferences. Mindsets that consider and appreciate a multitude of perspectives lead to enhanced decision-making — a critical leadership skill in today’s global and multicultural workplace, according to Rice Business Dean Peter Rodriguez.

What: Sparking Success: The Intersection of Business and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

When: Friday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Rice University’s McNair Hall. The event is free, but registration is required.

Who: Speakers and panelists include Constance Porter, senior associate dean of DEI and associate clinical professor of marketing at Rice Business; Antonio Neri, president and CEO at Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice Business; LaMecia Butler, program manager at Meta; Jonathan Cary, director of talent acquisition at ServiceNow; Jessica Campbell, director of corporate and employer relations at Rice Business; Aruna Viswanathan, co-founder and chief operating officer at AlphaX; Michael Sklar, tech entrepreneur and lecturer at Rice Business; Megan Smith, senior consultant at EY-Parthenon; Ijeoma Nwaogu, CEO at Everlead; Alan Russell, executive director of the Disability Resource Center at Rice; Sonya Ware, CEO and strategist at Sonya Ware Executive Consulting; Sandra Wegmann, president of Wegmann and Associates; Regina Edwards, DEI specialist at Rice Business; Shelley Richard, associate director of career education and advising at Rice Business; Victoria Cowthran, sales and service HR business partner at Danaher’s Molecular Devices; Stanley Kazibwe, DEI manager at Cheniere Energy; and Chelsea Rose, senior strategy consultant at Accenture.