Undergraduate and graduate students from Isenberg and other UMass Amherst students will benefit from the knowledge presented at the Inclusive Leadership Virtual Series. Students will attend virtual panels and a keynote speaker presentation by professional thought leaders on inclusion and diversity. There is also an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in a case competition and earn a certificate of completion. Company info sessions will be held at the end of the series for undergraduate students to meet and network with participating companies. Isenberg alumni are also invited to join the virtual presentations.
All attendees must register. Events will take place on Zoom. Links will be provided after registration.
Certificate of Completion
To earn the Certificate of Completion students must attend:
The keynote presentation
At least two panels
3 company info sessions
And participate in the case competition
Students who receive the Certificate of Completion can then apply for a sponsor funded scholarship. Students will be given steps to apply for the scholarships after the ILVS has ended. Scholarships range from $1000 to $2000 and can be used for any personal endeavors supporting the student's professional growth.
ILVS Case Competition is open to all undergraduate students attending the Inclusive Leadership Summit presented by Isenberg and EY. For students looking to obtain an Inclusive Leadership Summit Certificate of Completion, they must participate in this case competition.
The case competition will challenge students to better understand the thinking around inclusion and diversity in the workplace. The case, as provided by EY, asks teams of 3-4 undergraduate students to demonstrate critical thinking, strong presentation skills, teamwork, and time management.
There are rewards, personal, and financial. Team up with fellow students to discuss and solve real-world inclusion issues. You will take away a deeper understanding of inclusion and diversity in the workplace, stronger presentation skills, professionalism, and a larger network of relationships. A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to each member of the winning team and $100 to each member of the runner-up team.
What do you need to do?
Sign up! You may put together your own team of 3-4 undergraduate students (keep in mind this is a case competition on inclusion and diversity when building your team) or you just sign up and we will put together your team. Team members must register by October 14, 2020.
There will be a kick-off event at the beginning of the event, then teams will put together their case recommendations using the knowledge they've gained from the presentations.
Final judging will occur on November 9.
If you an undergraduate student interested in competing in the case competition, please contact Molly O'Mara, email@example.com, for details. You can enter as a team or as an individual looking to join a team. The deadline to register is October 15.
Monday, October 26
12:00pm - 1:00pm Keynote presented by EY Michelle Jenkins, Sr. Manager, Global Compliance and Reporting at EY, will be this year's keynote speaker. Michelle works with underrepresented youth and she is on the leadership team for EY’s College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) program in Dallas.
Kick-Off to the Case Competition
6:30pm - 7:30pm Panel 1 Inclusive Leadership During Times of Crisis Leaders in organizations are tasked with many duties and responsibilities to serve both their organizations and their teams. During our current pandemic, great leadership necessitates intentional, revolutionary, and constant consideration of the diversity and inclusion landscape of your team and the larger organization. Learn about how great leaders prioritize this important work and navigate the challenges they have faced practicing inclusive leadership.
Tuesday, October 27
6:30pm - 7:30pm Panel 2 Intersectional Allyship: Supporting Diverse Identities as a Member of the Dominant Group Our demographic, social, and cultural identities are complex, and each of us experiences moments in our professional lives where we feel as though we are a member of the dominant group. Recognizing the complexity of our own identities, how can we use these moments to make our organizations more equitable and inclusive? What does allyship look like and how can we manage and improve our workplace cultures when we are great allies?
Wednesday, October 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm Panel 3 Anti-Racist Leaders and Organizations As our world faced challenges and was met with a “new normal” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States took center stage for another crisis. #BlackLivesMatter first originated in 2015, but the movement has again picked up traction as the nation calls for reconciliation and action against forms of systemic racism and injustice. As protestors spoke out demanding reform, many businesses and leaders spoke out publicly about ways in which they would combat such systems in their own organizations. This panel will discuss ways in which we can become anti-racist leaders, so we can continue to be the change in the organizations we are a part of.
Thursday, October 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm Panel 4 Young Alum: Navigating a Changing Work Culture As young people in organizations, the imperative to prioritize diversity and inclusion work is critical but the path to doing so is not always clear. Hear from recent graduates of Isenberg about how they are navigating impacting and interacting with the diversity and inclusion landscape of their organizations while living through some of the most challenging times in our history.
Friday, October 30
Schedule TBD Company Information Sessions Our sponsor companies are looking forward to meeting our ILVS attendees. You will be asked to provide your resume upon registration to be added to the ILVS Resume Book that will be sent to our participating companies. These info sessions are for undergraduate students and companies to get to know each other and see if there is a potential for a future professional opportunity. View participating companies here.