Professor Stephanie Creary in conversation with three alumni panelists at the front of a classroom

Leading Diversity@Wharton

Providing insights regarding leading diversity in organizations

Sharing Insight on Navigating Diverse Organizational Settings

People in the workplace are constantly interacting with peers, managers, and customers with very different backgrounds and experiences. When harnessed effectively, these differences can be the catalyst for creative breakthroughs and the pathway to team and organizational learning and effectiveness; but when misunderstood, these differences can challenge employees’ values, performance, workplace relationships, and team effectiveness.
This series, an extension of Professor Stephanie Creary’s  Leading Diversity in Organizations course,   is designed to help students navigate diverse settings more effectively and improve their ability to work within and lead diverse teams and global organizations.

Past Lectures

Close-up of Carloynn Johnson speaking to an audience with Stephanie Creary beside her

Carolynn Johnson, CEO, DiversityInc. Media, LLC

December 2019. 

Professor Creary moderates a conversation with Carolynn Johnson, CEO, DiversityInc. Media, LLC, on the topic of diversity leaders who help their organizations succeed.

Watch Ms. Johnson’s interview from Wharton Business Daily or listen to the podcast. Read about the conversation on our Wharton Stories page. View the Leading Diversity@Wharton conversation on the Wharton YouTube page.

Rohini Anand sitting at the front of a classroom of students

Sodexo’s Story: The Challenges and Opportunities of Managing Diversity in the Global Context

December 2019. 

Professor Creary moderates a conversation with Dr. Rohini Anand, Global SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer of Sodexo. A French food services company Sodexo earned a place on Diversity Inc Top 50 Hall of Fame for their exceptional human capital management, corporate values and culture.

Watch a video of the lecture on the Wharton YouTube page.

Stephanie Creary, Jeff Smith, and Janet Foutty sit in chairs on a stage, in discussion

What can corporate boards really do about diversity?

November 2019. 

Professor Creary moderates a conversation about the importance of diversity within a company and in the boardroom, as well as strategies to improve corporate diversity efforts. Panelists included: Jeff Smith, Chair, Papa John’s International Inc.; and Janet Foutty, Chair of the Board, Deloitte.

Watch the full video here, and read recap articles of the event from The Daily Pennsylvanian and Wharton Magazine.

Stephanie Creary, Rebekah Bastian, Samuel Lalanne, and Eric Solomon sit at the front of a classroom, in discussion

Fostering Belonging at Work: Insights from the Experts

March 2019. 

Professor Creary discusses the complexities and opportunities of workplace inclusion with a panel of diversity experts. Panelists included: Rebekah Bastian, VP of Culture and Community, Zillow; Samuel Lalanne, Senior VP of Global Diversity and Talent Management, Citi; and Eric Solomon, Chief Marketing Officer in Residence, Blackbird Global.

Read Professor Creary’s LinkedIn article on the importance of keeping the diversity conversation emotional. Watch the lecture on the Wharton YouTube page.

Stephanie Creary, Wendy Freeman Carr, Oris Stuart, and Martin L. Schmelkin sit at the front of a classroom full of students

Building Inclusive Workplaces in an Era of Discord: Insights from Diversity Leaders

December 2018.

Professor Creary welcomed a panel of experts to discuss the policies and practices that diversity experts have developed to help leaders and employees navigate  the opportunities, challenges, and complexities of diversity, inclusion, and leadership at work. Panelists included: Wendy Freeman Carr, W’92, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting; Oris Stuart, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Office, The National Basketball Association (NBA); and Martin L. Schmelkin, JD, Labor and Employment Partner, Jones Day.

Read our recap article posted on the Wharton Stories homepage by clicking here 

Stories from Wharton Alumni

November 2018.

Professor Stephanie Creary hosted a Wharton alumni panel, discussion how their experiences with diversity and inclusion shaped their careers. Panelists included: Deserrie Perez, WG’10, Head of North America Marketing, LinkedIn; Darren Kimball, W’91, Principal and CEO, GetFive; and Carl Rosen, WG’77, Principal, Shelter Rock International.