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Rotman Initiative for Women in Business Presents a Symposium on Inclusive Diversity

8:00-8:30am check-in, light breakfast; 8:30am sharp to 11:30am presentations and discussion

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Initiative for Women in Business

Date: Friday September 22, 2017 | 08:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Speaker(s): Prof. Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Prof. Tessa West, Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University and Senior Scientist of the NeuroLeadership Institute
Prof. Beatrix Dart, Executive Director - Rotman Initiative for Women in Business, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto
Topic: “Inclusive Diversity”
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $299.00 plus HST per person; $269.00 plus HST per person for Rotman or University of Toronto alumni and alumni of programs of the Rotman Initiative for Women in Business. 50% discount for all U of T employees (fees include the presentations, light breakfast, refreshments, and a free copy of the Fall 2017 inequality issue of Rotman Management magazine). Organizations that send three people only have to pay for two.
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SYNOPSIS: Does Unconscious Bias training work? Is it beneficial to create corporate women networks? Join us as we discuss fresh insights and the latest thinking on the most significant way to build sustainable diverse and inclusive organizations.  Two leading experts, Prof Frank Dobbin of Harvard University and Prof. Tessa West of the NeuroLeadership Institute, will share facts and evidence on what truly works to create lasting diversity and inclusion programs.  Current corporate diversity and inclusion programs are struggling to accelerate a rate of change that will allow organizations to grow and compete for desired talent.   Join other diversity and inclusion leaders at our symposium to evaluate where to spend resources and money more effectively.

8:00-8:30am Check-in and Light Breakfast

8:30-8:40am Opening Remarks by Prof. Beatrix Dart, Executive Director - Rotman Initiative for Women in Business, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto

8:40-9:25am Prof. Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, gives a talk titled “Why Diversity Programs Fail – And What Works Better?”

9:25-10:10am Prof. Tessa West, Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University and Senior Scientist of the NeuroLeadership Institute, gives a talk titled "The Science of Inclusion”

10:10-10:30am  Refreshment Break

10:30-11:25am Facilitated Discussion with Prof. Frank Dobbin and Prof. Tessa West moderated by Prof. Beatrix Dart followed by Q&A

11:25-11:30am Wrap Up and Adjournment


Frank Dobbin is a Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987.  Dobbin studies organizations, inequality, economic behavior, and public policy.  He is chair of the joint Arts & Sciences/Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Ph.D. Program, director of the SCANCOR/Weatherhead Initiative in International Organizational Studies, and Co-Coordinator of the MIT-Harvard Economic Sociology Seminar.  His “Inventing Equal Opportunity” (Princeton 2009) shows how corporate personnel managers defined what it meant to discriminate. With Alexandra Kalev, he is developing an evidence-based approach to diversity management. Innovations that make managers part of the solution, such as mentoring programs, diversity taskforces, and special recruitment programs, have helped to promote diversity in firms, while programs signaling that managers are part of the problem, such as diversity training and diversity performance evaluations, have not.  These findings have been covered by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Le Monde, CNN, National Public Radio, Fast Company, and Slate. Professor Dobbin's work in economic sociology generally is both historical and contemporary. His “Forging Industrial Policy: United States, Britain, and France in the Railway Age” (Cambridge 1994), traces nations' modern industrial strategies to early differences in their political systems. “The New Economic Sociology: A Reader” (Princeton 2004) assembles classics in economic sociology. “The Sociology of the Economy” (Russell Sage 2004) compiles research in economic sociology from leading scholars. “The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy” (Cambridge 2008) explores the rise of neoliberal policies in the post-war period. “Stanford's Organization Theory Renaissance, 1970-2000” (Emerald 2010) is a modern-day Rashomon about the revival of organizational studies in Palo Alto after 1970.

Tessa West is an Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University and Senior Scientist of the Neuroleadership Institute . She received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2008, immediately after which she became a faculty member at NYU.  Dr. West is a leading expert on interpersonal interaction and communication. Her work focuses on interactions between whites and racial minorities in workplace, academic, and medical settings, and between men and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) settings. Dr. West is also a leading expert in quantitative analysis and statistics. Dr. West has published over 50 articles in the field of psychology’s most prestigious journals, including, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. West has received several career awards, including the early career award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology among others. Dr. West’s work has been covered by numerous media outlets, including Scientific American, the New York Times, ABC World News, TIME, the Huffington Post, and the Guardian. She has given over 50 talks on her work at major conferences and business schools (including Columbia Business School, Stanford School of Business, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business).

SYMPOSIUM HOST: Rotman Initiative for Women in Business

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QUESTIONS: Sargam Sachedeva, Program Assistant, Rotman Initiative for Women in Business Women.Initiatives@Rotman.Utoronto.Ca (416) 946-7557


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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing to 24 hours prior to the event will receive a refund less a $10 administration fee per person. If we do not receive written notice of your cancellation, you will be charged the full amount for this session. Substitutions are always welcome.
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