BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Kelley School of Business and its Full-Time MBA Program are kicking off Diversity Month with the dedication on April 9 of a new series of banners recognizing an accomplished group of alumni who have been part of the school’s history and efforts to be inclusive.
Students, faculty and staff and guests are invited to attend a ceremony via Zoom to dedicate the banners featuring successful alumni of color, including several fellows of the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management, which Kelley helped to create. Those being honored, or in some cases a family representative, will be invited to speak.
“We wanted to do something visible that honored our history of diversity and the legacies of some of our notable alumni,” said Idalene “Idie” Kesner, dean of the Kelley School and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. “One long-lasting impact was our decision in the 1960s to become a founding member of The Consortium, a group of universities and corporations that came together to encourage and support Black students — at the time, only men — to pursue an MBA so that we would have more diverse leadership in our nation’s companies.
“Since then, more than 900 Consortium students – men and women representing all underrepresented populations — have graduated from our MBA program, and many have given back to the program with their experience, leadership, and financial gifts,” said Kesner, who added that others being honored on banners are notable because they were “first” in some way or served the university on a larger level.
Kesner said future sets of banners will include women and alumni from other diverse backgrounds.
The theme for MBA Diversity Week will be “Unity in Diversity.” Highlights will include an alumni panel, “Becoming a Person of Influence,” and a panel event featuring several successful businesswomen, “Uplifting the Women Around You.” Chris Gardner, entrepreneur and author of the autobiographical book, “The Pursuit of HappYness,” which was adapted into a 2006 movie starring Will Smith, will speak to Kelley Full-Time MBA students on April 16. He also is the author of the 2009 book, “Start Where You Are,” and the forthcoming book, “Permission to Dream.” (more…)