We are excited to host a timely discussion about ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) at Ross Business School in March, featuring Elizabeth Doty (Director, Erb Corporate Political Responsibility Taskforce); Bennett Freeman (Associate Fellow of Chatham House and former Senior Vice President of Calvert Investments); Vik Khanna (William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School); and moderated by Erb Institute Faculty Director, Tom Lyon. 

As the ESG agenda has gained traction and momentum over the last decade, it has attracted inevitable criticism and a backlash—and now even a backlash to the backlash. Not only is ESG investing under attack, but the battle also extends to the future of corporate responsibility and sustainability more broadly — and in turn the respective roles of business and government— with high stakes for both action and inaction. Some issues are technical and methodological, related to ESG metrics and funds. Other issues are more ideological and political, challenging the notion of business purpose, pitting shareholder primacy against stakeholder capitalism, and raising questions about the appropriate role of corporations in the policy arena. This timely event will explore the drivers of this battle over ESG and offer solutions for moving forward.


Leadership Dialogues: Kofi Bruce

Leadership Dialogues: Kofi Bruce

The Sanger Leadership Center‘s next event will feature Kofi Bruce, CFO of General Mills, with Associate Dean for Engaged Learning & Professional Development, Gretchen Spreitzer. The in-person session is open to the entire University of Michigan community, including students, staff, faculty and alumni.A recording of the conversation will be posted on Sanger’s Youtube channel after the event. A virtual livestream feed will be NOT be available for this event. 

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Annual Board Fellowship Forum: Community Connections

Annual Board Fellowship Forum

Community Connections: Building Equitable Relationships between Nonprofit Boards and the Communities they Serve

As nonprofit organizations grow, it is easy for board members to become increasingly disconnected from the community members they serve. What actions can boards take to be sure community voices are included, without tokenizing individual community members? How are boards rethinking organizational structures to foster equity and inclusion? Join Board Fellowship students and staff for this interactive panel discussion with local nonprofit leaders. Confirmed panelists will be announced soon.

This event is open to the public. Food will be provided. We look forward to seeing you!


Viral Justice: Teach-In and Discussion

Viral Justice: Teach-In and Discussion

Dr. Ruha Benjamin will be coming to Ross on March 14, 2023 to talk about her book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want. In anticipation of her visit, and to build our capacity for equity-centered knowledge, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is hosting an in-person teach-in on February 20, 2023 from 11-12:30 PM in Blau 2560. Ross Adjunct Lecturer of Organization and Management and Business Consultant Dr. Valerie Myers and Inclusive Leaders Pathway Program Manager Dr. Elizabeth LaFray will give short talks on structural racism and the intersection of criminal justice, healthcare, and education in the United States. An interactive discussion will follow.  Lunch will be provided.

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Leading Transformation and Innovation at L’Oreal

Leading Transformation and Innovation at L’Oreal

In a Q&A session with Jessica Rottner, BBA Marketing Club President, Purcell will talk about her professional development, share career advice, and discuss L’Oreal’s commitment diversity, equity, and Inclusion. 

Rahquel Purcell is L’Oreal’s first Chief Transformation Officer for the North America Region, and leads the company’s efforts to strategically evolve and advance their business model across operations and functions, organizational design, core business tools and more. Prior to joining L’Oréal in 2016, Purcell spent 23 years at Procter & Gamble, where she oversaw supply chain, manufacturing and packaging operations.


Closing The Gap – From Austin to Ann Arbor

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Business+Tech and the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club are hosting a Black History Month event dedicated to closing the racial, gender, and monetary gaps that exist in the tech, venture capital, and entrepreneurship industries. 

This first-of-its-kind collaboration will provide participants with an insight into what these non-traditional career fields look like from the perspective of historically overlooked professionals. 

This experience will offer a full day of:

  • Interesting discussions with leaders from startups and big tech companies like Marques Zak, Director of Cultural Platforms at American Express & Isaiah Andrew, Head of Design at Nike Virtual Studies

  • Interactive workshops with leaders from big tech like Rachel Brooks, Head of Product Equity at Instagram

  • Innovative pitches in front of leaders like Monica Wheat, Managing Director of Techstars Detroit Accelerator, Powered by JP Morgan

This event is your opportunity to close the gap in your knowledge and know-how in the world of tech, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. Make sure to tell a friend and bring a friend, as you won’t want to miss out on this first-of-its-kind experience. 


Using Comics for “Real Talk” About What Women Face at Work

All too often, the “real talk” about the challenges that professional women face happens behind closed doors.  That makes it hard for women to make sense of their experiences and combat the barriers ahead, and even harder for allies across genders to partner together for equity.  In this interactive session, author and visual storyteller Melanie Ho will discuss the research behind her award-winning book Beyond Leaning In and give us a taste for how she uses comics to help workplaces across industries have more honest conversations about gender bias. We’ll learn how to design more equitable environments for professional women and discuss how allies across genders can work together for equity.  

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Open Road @ Ross 2023 Application

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Open Road is an action-based social entrepreneurship program taking place in May, where MBAs drive from state to state meeting socially- and environmentally-driven entrepreneurs. Students spend one week on-site in each location, working closely with the entrepreneur to provide a solution or recommendation to a business problem they are facing, then they move on to the next city and the next entrepreneur.
Open Road @ Ross is a student club powered by Ford Motor Company Foundation and co-sponsored by Business+Impact and the Zell Lurie Institute.

Apply now