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Invitation to Diversity & Inclusion Conference at Miami Business School

You're Invited

Miami Business School is honored to host the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Conference in Storer Auditorium on Thursday, September 26 from 8 am until 3:30 pm. As a student-driven initiative, this event is open to ALL 'Canes enrolled at MBS and UM, regardless of program or academic year. 

Join us as we celebrate diversity – a core Value for MBS and the University of Miami – and to promote thoughtful, sustainable inclusion. During this debut event, attendees will enahnce their understanding of current events and of each other, through thought-provoking guest speakers and dialogue.

We kindly request that attendees adhere to a Business Casual dress policy.

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided courtesy of Miami Business School. Below you will find a preview of the conference program, a registration link and additional event information.

We hope to see 'U' there!



Conference Registration

Join us for what promises to be an inspiring program with a robust turnout of MBS and UM students, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters. There is no cost to attend. Please click on the link below to register.

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Conference Preview *

7:30 AM Registration opens, light breakfast
8 AM  John A. Quelch, Dean, Miami Business School – Introductory Remarks
8:10 AM Jeffrey Duerk, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Miami
8:20 AM  Hilarie Bass, JD'81, President at Bass Institute for Diversity and Inclusion, Chair of the Board of Trustees, University of Miami
9:05 AM  Q&A Session

9:15 AM

Alumni Perspective and Fireside Chat

  • Moderator: Patricia Abril, Vice Dean, Graduate Business Programs and Professor, Business Law
  • Panelists:
    • Alice Vilma, BBA’99, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
    • Jonathan Vilma, BBA’04, ESPN Analyst, Former NFL Player
10 AM Q&A Session
10:15 AM Coffee break, refreshments

10:30 AM

Discussion I, Leadership Panel: “Enhancing the Campus Climate”

  • Moderator: Laura Kohn-Wood, Dean and Professor, School of Education and Human Development
  • Panelists:
    • Ryan Holmes, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 
    • Shirelle Jackson, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development
    • Marvin Dawkins, Professor of Sociology
11:15 AM Q&A Session
11:30 AM Whitley Johnson, Senior Academic Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion
11:50 AM Q&A Session
11:55 AM Networking Lunch featuring Toppel, Ziff and UM student organizations

1 PM

Discussion II, Faculty Panel: “Creating Value by Transforming Culture”

  • Moderator: Miriam Lipsky, MSED’05 and PHD’11, Assistant Provost for Institutional Culture
  • Confirmed Panelists:
    • Roderick King, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Associate Professor, Dept. of Public Health Sciences and Dept. of Pediatrics; Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Management and Policy, Miami Business School
    • Merike Blofield, Professor of Political Science, Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies
    • Tywan Martin, Associate Professor, Dept. of Kinesiology and Sport Sciences
1:45 PM Q&A Session

2 PM

Discussion III, Corporate Panel: “Designing for Diversity: Let the Data Lead You”

  • Moderator: Marisol Capellan, MSMS’18, Lecturer, Management and CEO and Co-founder of the Planning Management Company LLC
  • Panelists:
    • Carolina Cardoso, BA’94 and MBA’96, Market Leader for Global Inclusion and Diversity, Accenture
    • Lourdes Rodriguez, BBA’00 and MBA’ 02, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust
2:45 PM Q&A Session

3 PM

Ellen McPhillip, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Business Education

Reflection and Closing Remarks

* Tentative schedule, with additional panelists and special guests to be announced soon!


Event Supporters

If you or your organization/business would like to get involved or if you would like to receive more information, please contact Rony Shir, Director of Alumni & Corporate Engagement from the Development & Alumni Relations Office, by emailing or calling (305) 284-4052.


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