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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference

The best business decisions are informed by a multitude of perspectives.

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

Location and Timing

Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
9:15 am – 4:00 pm, with reception to follow
McNair Hall, Rice University

At Rice Business, we endeavor to create a rich learning environment that considers and appreciates a multitude of perspectives that lead to enhanced decision-making. We consider this mindset a critical leadership skill in today’s increasingly global and inclusive workplace.

Sparking Success, our diversity conference, is designed to provide a forum for awareness, dialogue and skill-building around issues of diversity and inclusion as it relates to the business world.

If interested in sponsorship, please contact Lina Y. Bell at 713-348-4731.



NRG Business
Accenture Strategy


*All events in Shell Auditorium – McNair Hall unless otherwise indicated.


Time Description
9:15 am Registration
9:45 – 10:00 am Welcome
  • Constance Porter, Ph.D. Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Marketing, Rice Business
10:00 – 10:55 am

Keynote Presentation - Fireside Chat featuring:

  • Antonio Neri, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Peter Rodriguez, Dean, Jones Graduate School of Business

Introduction: Anthony Sanchez Rodriguez Lee, MBA Candidate ‘24

11:00 – 11:55 am

Corporate Insider Perspectives


Moderator: Jessica Campbell, Director, Corporate and Employer Relations, Career Development Office, Rice Business

Introduction: Hari Sundaram, Rice MBA Candidate ‘24

12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch AFC – Room 115
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Deciphering AI: From Inherent Biases to Ethical Implementations

Moderator: Michael Sklar, Tech Entrepreneur & Lecturer, Rice Business

Introduction: Aquib Yacoob, MBA Candidate ‘24

  Afternoon Breakout Sessions
2:00 – 2:55 pm

The Inclusion Imperative: Strategies for Today’s Leader

Introduction: Chinenye Ozougwu, Rice MBA Candidate ‘23

Room 312

A.C.T. Now to Overcome Imposter Anxiety

Introduction: Amy Tanguay, Rice MBA Candidate ‘24

AFC – Room 115

Disability as a Diversity Issue

  • Alan Russell, Executive Director and ADA/504 Coordinator, Disability Resource Center, Rice University

Introduction: Timidi Amaso, Rice MBA Candidate ‘24

Room 314
3:00 – 3:55 pm

Level Up Your Inclusion Acumen

Introduction: Xavaier Oliphant, MBA Candidate ‘24

Room 312

From Memes to Meetings: Navigating Intergenerational Workplace Dynamics

Introduction: Naya Ekwunife, Rice MBA Candidate ‘24

Room 314

DEI Advocacy Alumni Panel – Curiosity, Engagement, Risk?

Moderator: Sunita Dharani ’22 Associate Director, Marketing and Communication, Executive Education, Rice Business

Introduction: Adrienne Miller, Rice MBA Candidate ‘24

AFC – Room 115
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Networking Reception

Gibbs Convocation Hall
– 2nd floor



Constance Elise Porter
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Clinical Professor of Marketing
Director, Talent Acquisition – Global Intelligence, Sourcing and Engagement, ServiceNow
Executive Director and ADA/504 Coordinator, Disability Resource Center, Rice University
ADA/504 Coordinator
CEO and Strategist, Sonya Ware Executive Consulting, LLC
Victoria Hills
North America Sales and Service HR Business Partner Molecular Devices, a Danaher Company
Rice MBA '22
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Cheniere Energy, Inc.

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