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Diversity and Inclusion in Action in Rosslyn

By Christie Julien-
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As equity and inclusion become prominent concerns in the minds of business leaders, no role is under more scrutiny than that of chief diversity officer.  Despite that increased scrutiny, the playbook for how to drive organizational change in regards to diversity, equity and inclusion remains opaque.  On 5 December 2019, UVA Darden Executive Education and Lifelong Learning had a unique opportunity to convene diversity and inclusion professionals at UVA Darden DC Metro in Rosslyn, VA  and provide cutting edge insights and guidance into the unique challenges they face.

 

Over fifty leaders from a wide range of public and private organizations discussed the importance and impact of making diversity and inclusion part of the fabric of business strategy. Martin Davidson, Professor of Business Administration and Chief Diversity Officer at UVA Darden and Valerie Purdie-Greenaway, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia, facilitated the day. They shared their latest insights and research about a framework for enterprise D&I, the science and practice of D&I, and organizational barriers to catalyzing D&I.

Utilizing the case method, new research and, at times, insights gleaned from the participants themselves, Professors Davidson and Purdie-Greenway helped this cohort of adult learners understand not only how to leverage difference to drive organizational change and success, but also how to utilize data to inform decisions. Learn more about the event from Lisa Cannell’s post on the Executive Education Blog.