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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

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 29, 2021
9:00am – 4:00pm CST

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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

Rice Business would like to acknowledge a generous sponsorship from Charlos Ward ’98, ’06 and Lee Riley.


2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference Agenda:

Time (CST) Description
9:00am Registration/Logon
9:15am – 9:30am

Opening Remarks

  • Lina Y. Bell, Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Megan Smith ’22, President, Jones Student Association
  • Peter Rodriguez, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, Jones Graduate School of Business
9:30am – 10:45am

Keynote Address - Inclusivity and Belonging

  • Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson ’02 & ’04, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Information Analytics – Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado – Boulder 
10:45am – 11:45am

The Action of Allyship

Panel: Affinity Group Student Leaders

11:45am – 12:00pm BREAK
12:00pm – 12:30pm

Peace In, Peace Out: Managing the Toll of DEI Work through Mindfulness

  • Dr. Elizabeth Slator, Associate Director, Programs – Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center, Rice University
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Corporate Perspectives: DEI Commitment and Outcomes


Moderator: Professor Constance Porter, Ph.D. - Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Clinical Professor of Marketing, Jones Graduate School of Business – Rice University

1:30pm – 2:30pm

MBA Talent – DEI Considerations
Presentation by the Rice Business Career Development Office


  • Grace Hwang, Manager, Campus Talent Acquisition and Early Careers, American Airlines
  • Takeya Green '22, President, Consortium Fellows Group 
  • David Laborde '18, Manager, Kalypso: A Rockwell Automation Company
  • Christine Tamayo '22, President, CleanTech Association

Moderator: Tiffany Stott, Director of Career Education and Advising, Career Development Office - Jones Graduate School of Business - Rice University

2:30pm – 3:15pm

DEI Conversations in the Workplace

3:15pm – 3:20pm Closing Remarks
3:20pm – 4:00pm Networking
Whova Community Board

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Past Conferences

Please explore the agendas from past conferences. 

2020 Conference Keynote Replay

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Lina Bell
Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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