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Diversity and Inclusion Conference

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

Sparking Success: The Intersection of Business and Diversity & Inclusion

Due to COVID-19, we are limiting events on campus. All speakers and attendees at Sparking Success will be virtual. Looking forward to seeing you on campus soon.

Location and Timing

Date: Friday, October 30
9:30am – 2:00pm CST

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.

2020 Conference Keynote Replay


2020 Sponsor

Phillips 66

Phillips 66

2020 Diversity and Inclusion Conference Agenda: 

Time Description
9:30am – 10:00am Welcome
  • Peter Rodriguez, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, Jones Graduate School of Business
10:00am – 11:00am Keynote Address
  • Subha Barry ’85, President, Working Mother Media: Working Mother Magazine, Diversity Best Practices, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and Culture at Work.
11:00am – 12:15pm Corporate Insider Perspectives
  • Donald Bowers ’90, Vice-President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Houston Branch
  • Debra Langford, Executive Director, Business Development, Advancing Black Pathways, JPMorgan Chase, NA
  • Sonya Reed, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Corporate Communications – Phillips 66
  • Nick B. Tran, Head of Community Affairs and Veteran Programs, Schlumberger Limited

Moderator: Pranika Sinha, Senior Manager, Talent Development and Inclusion, Occidental Petroleum

12:15pm – 12:30pm Break
12:30pm – 1:30pm Rice Business Alumni: Standing Up
  • LaMecia Butler ’12, Program Manager, Facebook Global Supplier Diversity
  • Julian Duncan '99 and ’06, Chief Marketing Officer/SVP of Social Responsibility & Impact, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Stanley Kazibwe ’11, People, Culture and Communications Lead – Shell Pennsylvania Chemicals Project – Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals
  • Norma Torres Mendoza ’20, Consultant, EY-Parthenon
  • Alison Young ’11, Financial Advisor

Moderator: Michael Arnold ’21, Diversity Liaison – Jones Student Association

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Closing Remarks

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Past Conferences

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