Symposium


November 2nd, 2019

Johnson’s Annual Diversity Symposium invites members of the Johnson community to come together to discuss key topics in diversity and business. During the Symposium, our community will:

  • Be equipped with tools essential for future leaders within the business landscape
  • Attend the Diversity Alumni Awards Dinner to honor the Wilbur Parker Distinguished Alumni Award, the Carlos R. Quintanilla Distinguished Latino/Latina Alumni Award, and the Out in Business Distinguished Alumni Award winners.
  • Engage and connect with faculty, staff, current students, alumni and prospective students.

Symposium Schedule

Diversity Symposium 20th Anniversary Celebration
Belonging in Business
November 2nd, 2019

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

  • Registration
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

  • Welcome Lunch and Keynote Fireside Chat – Larry Ruff MBA’82 in conversation with Cynthia Saunders-Cheatham Assistant Dean, Career Management Center, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

  • Power Break
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

  • Empowerment Session #1:
    • Session A: Remarkable Leadership – Shamis Pitts MBA’11, Compassionate Leaders Circle, Director of Business Development
    • Session B: Belonging in Business – Julia Matsudaira MBA’14, Vice President at Jordan Park, Dawn E. Christian MBA’08, Associate Director of Oncology Learning Strategy, AstraZeneca, KJ Miller, Co-Founder and CEO of Mented Cosmetics, Moderated by Michael Collins MBA ’16, Diversity Business Partner – Google Cloud
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Power Break
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

  • Empowerment Session #2
    • Session A: Belonging in Business – Julia Matsudaira MBA’14, Vice President at Jordan Park, Dawn E. Christian MBA’08, Associate Director of Oncology Learning Strategy, AstraZeneca, KJ Miller, Co-Founder and CEO of Mented Cosmetics, Moderated by Michael Collins MBA ’16, Diversity Business Partner – Google Cloud
    • Session B: Remarkable Leadership – Shamis Pitts MBA’11, Compassionate Leaders Circle, Director of Business Development
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Empowerment Break   
    • LinkedIn Bio Support
    • Updated Headshots
    • Authentic Dialogue
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

  • Empowerment Session #3
    • Fireside Chat: Marlon Nichols MBA’11, co-founder of Cross Culture Ventures and Diishan Imira, CEO of Mayven 
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Diversity Alumni Awards Reception (Invite only)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

  • Diversity Alumni Awards Dinner (Invite only)
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Dessert Reception and Closing Event Remarks (Invite only)

Quincy Bedeau heaadshot

“The Diversity Symposium is an amazing opportunity to see all the camaraderie, success, and the growth that happens after Johnson. It's truly a refreshing experience for us as students!”

Quincy Bedeau –MBA ’19
Jorge Flores-Herrera

“The Diversity Symposium is a really inspiring event, as the Johnson community comes together to celebrate the many accomplishments of our diverse alumni.”

Jorge Edgardo Flores-Herrera –MBA ‘19