Nsombi B. Ricketts

ODI Director's Message

Nsombi B. Ricketts

Dec 23

Written by: Nsombi Ricketts
12/23/2011 11:01 AM  RssIcon


Season’s Greetings from the Johnson Office of Diversity and Inclusion!  ODI had another amazing year in 2011 and so much has happened since my last blog.

In October we hosted our largest diversity recruiting weekends ever.  During Johnson Women in Business (JWiB) we welcomed 40 prospective women to Ithaca.  They enjoyed presentations from  Cornell Trustee Emerita Karen Keating ’76, Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase & C0.; Anne Weisberg, director of diversity and inclusion at BlackRock; Jodi Glickman, MBA ’02, author and founder, Great on the Job; and Janet Carr, MBA ’90, Johnson advisory council member.  ODI’s dedication to recruiting women MBA’s was also featured in Financial Times and MarketWatch this fall.

The following weekend we hosted 53 diverse prospective students during Johnson Means Business (JMB). Our JMBers received great advice from luncheon keynote Raymond McGuire, Head, Global Banking Institutional Clients Group at Citi.

Our 2nd annual Diversity Symposium on Oct 29, 2011 was the highlight of JMB weekend. The breakfast keynote speaker was Cornell Trustee Ronald McCray ‘79, a private investor and corporate director, recently nominated by President Obama to serve as a member of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.  During the Diversity Symposium luncheon, our Black Graduate Business Association (BGBA) awarded Angela Noble-Grange, MBA '94, with the 2011 Wilbur Parker Distinguished Alumni Award, and Carlos Quintanilla, MBA '80, received the 2011 Distinguished Latino Alumni Award from our Latino Business Students Association (LBSA).

ODI’s major initiative for next year is the launch of Johnson’s Diversity Council in February 2012.  This will be our first advisory group uniting alumni, students, faculty, and staff to help execute Johnson’s strategic diversity and inclusion plan.

Our success would not be possible without the continued support of the Johnson community, our corporate partners, and our dedicated alumni.  We look forward to partnering with you again in 2012 and wish you a happy and prosperous New Year!


Nsombi B. Ricketts, ODI Director

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