Diversity & Allyship Week 2023

February 6-10, 2023
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Diversity & Allyship Week is an annual event that provides programming connecting industry leaders and students for unique discussions focused on the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in business.


Monday, February 6

George Talks Business with Elena Richards

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. ET
In person: Jack Morton Auditorium
Virtual: Streamed live on the GW Business YouTube Channel

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Senay Agca and Anuj Mehrotra
GW Business Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of Finance Şenay Ağca (l) and GW Business Dean Anuj Mehrotra (r).

A special session of George Talks Business series, featuring Elena Richards, principal and chief diversity and inclusion officer at KPMG. Caroline Laguerre-Brown, J.D., vice provost for diversity, equity, and community engagement for our GW community, and Şenay Ağca, GW Business chief diversity officer and professor of finance, will provide welcome remarks. Ms. Richards will discuss a variety of topics with Dean Anuj Mehrotra, including her role as a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), the importance of diversity in driving innovation, and more.

All GW students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend. This event is hosted in partnership with the GW School of Business Dean's Diversity Council and GW Women in Business (GWWIB).


Leveraging Your Study Abroad Intercultural Skills to Launch Your Career

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Duquès Hall, Room 453

Register here to attend the study abroad panel discussion

What do you say when a potential employer asks you, “Tell me about your study abroad experience?” Join us to learn how to answer this question with confidence! Stacie Berdan and a panel of GW study abroad alumni will address:

  • What study abroad teaches you about yourself and the others.
  • What crucial skills it helps you develop.
  • The ways it can help you bridge cultural divides.
  • How you can use this experience to enhance your career and personal growth prospects.

Come prepared to share your stories and leave with tips, inspiration, and guidance!

About our Panel Moderator

Stacie Berdan is an international careers expert and award-winning author. She has worked in more than 50 countries and continues to counsel companies on global issues. She spends a great deal of her time speaking on college campuses where her advice on global careers has been characterized as “engaging, insightful, inspirational and authentic” by professionals, campus counselors and students alike.

This event is hosted by the GW Center for International Business Education and Research (GW-CIBER) and the office for Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) at the GW School of Business.


Tuesday, February 7

Fireside Chat: “Fostering an Inclusive Community and Elevating Allyship”

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

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During this event, attendees will get to hear experiences and perspectives on allyship from both the corporate and research lens. Our panelists will explore questions such as:

  • What does inclusion and allyship look like when it is valued at the organizational and personal level?
  • How can we increase our self-awareness about biases and do our part as allies to address issues when they arise?

A Q&A will follow.


  • Christine Brown-Quinn (MBA '92), best-selling author, founder of the career consulting firm Female Capitalist, member of the GW Alumni Association Executive Committee, and former president of the GW School of Business Dean’s Board of Advisors
  • Margaret Ormiston, associate professor of management at the GW School of Business
  • David Azulay (MBA '92), executive vice president of Omnicom and global co-chair of OPEN Pride


  • Samir Iqbal, vice president of inclusion for the GWSB Undergraduate Business Association (GWUBA)

All GW students, faculty, and staff and alumni are invited to attend. This event is co-sponsored by the GW School of Business Dean’s Diversity Council, the GW Alumni Association, and the GWSB Undergraduate Business Association.


Wednesday, February 8

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Panel and Networking Event

Panel Discussion: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Reception: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Duquès Hall, Room 150 (Crain Center)

Register here to attend the Blacks at Microsoft panel and networking event

During this event, students will learn the background of Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) in addition to engaging in discussions about DEI initiatives and advancing in professional workplace settings. Ryan Jones (MBA ‘08), a board member for BAM, will be a featured speaker, along with a representative from the GW Business Black MBA Association.

All GW School of Business students are invited to attend. This event is sponsored by the GW School of Business Dean’s Diversity Council, the F. David Fowler Career Center, and the Black MBA Association.


Thursday, February 9

Diversity Recruiting Roundtable Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
City View Room (1957 E Street NW, 7th Floor)

Register here to attend the Diversity Recruiting Roundtable Breakfast

The F. David Fowler Career Center is hosting this networking breakfast, which will feature representatives from invited employers who will engage with students regarding organizational DEI and ways to integrate DEI initiatives into workplace cultures. 

All GW School of Business students are invited to attend.


Friday, February 10

Online Graduate Student Industry Roundtable

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. ET

Register here to join the Graduate Student Industry Roundtable

Graduate Student Industry Roundtables offer GW Business students an opportunity to engage in small group discussions around topics related to their career and industry interests and professional development. GW alumni and industry leaders participate in discussions with students and share their industry knowledge and expertise. For this roundtable event, students and panelists will also explore questions focused on DEI and allyship. 

All GW School of Business graduate students are invited to attend.


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