When Business Meets Social
Leading in Times of Change: Connecting Business and Social Movements

Friday, September 21, 2018
9 AM - 4 PM

Rauch Business Center
Perella Auditorium, Room 184
621 Taylor Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
 

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Recent social movements and unrest between social groups present challenges and opportunities in the workplace. Business leaders are often faced with the need to drive change in organizational cultures.

The 2018 Impact Symposium will bring together business and academic leaders to discuss how management and leadership can positively shape group dynamics both inside and outside of organizations. Topics for discussion may include:

  • What are the challenges and opportunities that are presented by social and political movements for modern organizations and their leaders?
  • How can organizations create cultures or environments where people can talk productively about difficult issues?
  • How do the demands on leaders change as people look to organizations to engage with social change?  What new skills are required?
  • What is the role of business when it comes to broader social change? 
  • How is social media changing the dynamic?  How do organizations respond to the transparency and reach afforded by Twitter, Facebook, etc.?
  • When should an organization pick a side on a contested issue?  What are the perils of doing so?
  • How can we provide impactful education to managers and leaders around how to create an organization with healthy group relations, and a culture that acknowledges and puts limits on subconscious prejudice, bias, and microaggressions?
  • How do companies empower people to step forward to report harmful (unethical and illegal) behavior, including workplace harassment and discrimination?
  • How can managers reduce defensiveness and increase openness in the face of difference?

AGENDA

8:30-9:00
Registration

9:00

Welcome

Georgette C. Phillips, J.D., Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean, Lehigh University College of Business and Economics
Patrick V. Farrell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lehigh University
Naomi Rothman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Lehigh University College of Business and Economics

9:30

Keynote Speaker
"Mitigating Bias and Creating Space for the Expression of Divergent Perspectives"

Tyi McCray, Ph.D., Interim Director of Diversity and Belonging & Diversity Strategy Lead, Airbnb

10:30
Break

10:45

Panel Discussion
Looking Inward: Facilitating Openness to Divergence in Organizations

Moderator
Dominic Packer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, Lehigh University College of Arts and Sciences

Panelists
David Brown, Reverend and Assistant Professor, Klein College of Advertising and Public Relations, and Doctoral Student in Media and Communication, Temple University
Michael Gill, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Lehigh University College of Arts and Sciences
Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, New York University
Michele Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa

12:00
Lunch
(boxed lunch provided)

1:00

Keynote Speaker
"Executive Powers: Business Leaders, Politics and the Culture Wars"

David Gelles, New York Times Business Reporter & Expert on Mindfulness in the Workplace

2:00
Break

2:15

Panel Discussion
Looking Outward: What is the Role of Corporations in Broader Social Change and in Sustaining Positive Change?

Moderator
Liuba Belkin Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Lehigh University College of Business and Economics

Panelists
Poonam Arora, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Management, Manhattan College
Khanjan Mehta, Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry & Director of the Mountaintop Initiative, Lehigh University
dt ogilvie, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Urban Entrepreneurship, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology
Theresa Teasley-Dergham '03, Change Management, Sanofi-Aventis

3:30

Closing Remarks

Georgette C. Phillips, J.D., Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean, Lehigh University College of Business and Economics

 

This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating available. Registration required.
Interested? Register now!

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Co-Sponsors

Lehigh University College of Business and Economics

and

Lehigh University Center for Ethics
Funded in part by the Endowed Fund for the Teaching of Ethical Decision-Making
 

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For questions, please contact the Event Coordinator, Michele Kashmere, by email at mik214@lehigh.edu or by phone at 610.758.2906.

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