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Diversity and Inclusion Symposium - 3/19/2013 -

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Diversity and Inclusion Symposium

  1. Tuesday, March 19th, 20138:00am - 4:00pm

Wake Forest University and the North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners will bring together higher education leaders, industry executives, and national experts to discuss how to prepare students today to be employees in a diverse and global workforce. A featured event of Wake Forest’s commemoration of its 50th anniversary of racial integration, the symposium provides an opportunity to build relationships across disciplines, share research, and hear “best practices” and policy-oriented issues related to transforming institutions of higher education.

Professionals Specific (Undergraduate and Graduate Students Welcome)

8:00 am – 9:00 am | Registration; Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:30 am | Opening remarks from WFU Administration

  • Barbee Myers Oakes, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Wake Forest University
  • Steve Reinemund, Dean, Wake forest University Schools of Business
  • Rogan Kersh, Provost, Wake Forest University

9:30 am – 11:00 am | Plenary Session: Defining Core Cultural Competencies for Graduates Entering a Global Marketplace


  • Andy Chan, Vice President for Personal and Career Development


  • Ken Bouyer, Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, Ernst & Young
  • Rachel Cheeks-Givan, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, PepsiCo
  • Debra Langford, CEO & Principal, The Langford Company (formerly w/ NBC Universal, Time Warner, Essence Magazine)
  • Rod Sides, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Jeff Webster, Manager, Learning and Professional Development, Exxon Mobil  

11:00 am – 11:30 am | Networking

11:30 pm – 1:00 pm | Plenary Luncheon: Diversity and Inclusion 50 Years after Integration: Where Do We Go From Here?



  • Frank L. Matthews, JD, publisher/editor-in-chief of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
  • Barbee Myers Oakes, Ph.D., Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest University
  • Benjamin Reese, Ph.D., Vice President of the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Duke University Health System

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm | Special Keynote Address

  • Marva Smalls, Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategy, Viacom & Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon Networks Group

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm | North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners Business Meeting



Event Details

  • Location:
    Bridger Field House (499 Deacon Blvd)
  • Special Notes:
    Contact person for questions: Matthew Williams (336) 758-3824
  • Sponsor:
  • Open To:
    Alumni($0), Community($50.00), Faculty($0), Graduate Students($0), Staff($0), Students($0)
  • Facilitated by:
    Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Questions? Please contact:

    • Matthew Williams: • 336 758.3824
    • Shayla Herndon-Edmunds: • 336.758.4917