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Symposium: Sustaining the Momentum of Anti-Racism in Business

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Kenan Flagler Business School and North Carolina Central University School of Business will present a virtual symposium, entitled “Sustaining the Momentum of Anti-Racism in Business.” UNC and NCCU students will come together to address issues surrounding inequities within corporate systems and to address the role everyone plays in being conduits for change.

The symposium will include a keynote from Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s CEO, regarding the responsibility of corporations to be committed to equitable practice; a fireside chat featuring Dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Douglas A. Shackelford, PhD and Dean of NCCU Business School, Anthony Nelson, PhD about the preparation of students for entry into a diverse and evolving marketplace; and a panel discussion from leaders in business who will share their respective experiences regarding issues of diversity in the workplace.

The panel will feature:

  • Kevin Brown, Principal, Digital Transformation and Intelligent Automation, Ernst & Young
  • Kevin J. Clark, S&O Head of Talent Transformation, Marketing & Communications
  • Rebecca Fernandez, Senior Account Manager, Nike
  • Michelle Witherspoon, Chief of Operations, People, Culture, Security & Trust Org, CISCO
  • The ‘Sustaining the Momentum of Anti-Racism in Business’ symposium is brought to you by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University for a singular purpose, to address inequities in corporate systems and the role we can play as conduits for change.

    In 2020 marches and protests were ignited by the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor and other black people by police. Demonstrations resulted in the removal of offensive historical symbols, calls for companies to adjust insensitive branding, and corporate-sponsored initiatives to combat structural racism.

    Join us to:

  • Raise awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace,
  • Learn how to handle difficult situations,
  • Gain an appreciation of the role you can play to combat racism in the workplace and beyond.






April 9
10:00 am - 2:00 pm