Nsombi B. Ricketts

ODI Director's Message

Nsombi B. Ricketts

Aug 24

Written by: Nsombi Ricketts
8/24/2011 9:04 AM  RssIcon

I am writing this entry from Accra, Ghana- my 1st stop on Johnson’s inaugural African MBA Tour.  The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is partnering with UVA’s Darden School of Business to visit four African countries to recruit prospective MBA students.  Our next stops will be Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; and Johannesburg, South Africa.  This tour is a very important initiative for the school and timed perfectly with the recent launch of our Emerging Markets Institute (EMI).  We would like to thank the US Embassies, Citi, Google, SC Johnson and Ashesi University College for partnering with us to host MBA info sessions during this trip.

Earlier this summer ODI traveled to New York City for the Forte Foundation MBA Women’s conference, and Minneapolis, MN for our 2nd Consortium Orientation Program to welcome incoming Forte Fellows and Consortium Members.  We began our recruiting season earlier this month at an MLT seminar in Palo Alto, CA; the ALPFA National Convention in Anaheim, CA; and the Riordan Programs Diversity MBA Admissions Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

In September we will continue recruiting prospective MBA students at various Consortium MAPS events and Forte Forums in cities across the US.  ODI will also attend the National Association of Women MBAs conference in Dallas, TX on Sept 15-17, 2011.

In October we look forward to reconnecting with alumni and corporate partners at the National Black MBA conference in Atlanta, GA (Oct 4-8), the National Society of Hispanic MBAs conference in Anaheim, CA (Oct 13-15), and the Reaching Out LGBT MBA conference in Dallas, TX (Oct 13-16).  ODI will also welcome almost 100 prospective students to campus during our diversity weekends- Johnson Women in Business (JWiB) on Oct 20-21, and Johnson Means Business (JMB) on Oct 27-29.  JMB will be held in conjunction with our 2nd annual Diversity Symposium: A Road Map for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, on Saturday, Oct 29.      

These initiatives would not be possible without the generous support of our alumni and corporate partners.  Please help us continue our momentum by visiting GIVE to ODI today.  We hope to see you soon in Ithaca or on the road!

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