2021 Hosts of the Ashoka U Exchange
Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. Building on Ashoka’s vision for a world where Everyone is a Changemaker, Ashoka U takes an institutional change approach to impact the education of millions of students.
B4BW and the School of Business is excited to host the 2021 Exchange during the week of March 15. More information to follow, but you can check out a preview of the schedule and register for the conference today!
Spring Speaker Series with Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Bringing leaders to campus, and to our students specifically, is central to our mission. It is essential they hear from and have access to those who are changing the world and making progress on the issues discussed in the classroom. Our Business for a Better World Speaker Series brings social impact and sustainability thought leaders from top-tier organizations directly to our students where they discuss the issues facing our world.
On Friday, April 16 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. we are thrilled to welcome Kerry Kennedy, President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. A world-renowned human rights activist, Kennedy works on a range of issues, including child labor, women’s rights, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, criminal justice reform, immigration, impunity, and environmental justice. A lawyer and author, as well as a human rights advocate, she has devoted more than 40 years to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law, and written the New York Times best seller Being Catholic Now, as well as Speak Truth to Power and Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope.
2021 Stakeholder Roundtable Series
As part of its 2021 Stakeholder Roundtable Series, the Business for a Better World Center welcomes Peter Georgescu, on Thursday, February 11 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Georgescu, the former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam, author of 'Capitalists, ARISE!,' and a leading advocate for business governance to evolve from shareholder primacy to stakeholder capitalism will discuss the need for corporations to treat its employees as a crucial stakeholder.
This is the first, in what will be six dynamic conversations amongst CEOs, tri-sector leaders, faculty, and students as we all explore stakeholder capitalism, what it means, and how it can be applied to our businesses in a world rife with persistent inequality, social injustice, racial bias, and political polarization. Future discussions will emphasize other important stakeholders including customers, suppliers, community, the planet, and shareholders.
We want to challenge the speakers - and each other - so come prepared to ask the tough questions and consider new ways of thinking, and operating a business.
To engage and connect with the expertise available across the University, the Center hosts a series of monthly Lunchtime Conversations. These informal sessions are designed to be a place to share unique perspectives and knowledge on topics surrounding the intersection of business and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Ultimately, we see them as vehicles to drive research, curriculum, and policy action at the University. For the 2020/2021 Academic year we have been focused on SDG #10, ‘Reduced Inequalities’ and showcasing Mason researchers focused on the many facets of this critical issue. This semester we have three great presentations lined up:
Housing Inequalities with Eric Maribojoc and Kat Grimsley
Wednesday, February 24th, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Eric Maribojoc, Executive Director of the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship, is a real estate professional, educator. His interests focus on future trends in design, zoning, and technology, housing supply and affordability, adaptive reuse, sustainability, and resilience. Kat Grimsley, PhD., Director of the Masters of Real Estate Development program, uses her research to address affordable housing issues and global tenure and title insecurity by uniting policy with existing international best practices. She leads UN projects related to her research and serves as Vice-Chair of the Real Estate Market Advisory Group for the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Committee on Urban Development, Housing, and Land Management. Join us for informal discussion and dialogue with two experts in the field!
Food System Inequalities with Constance Gewa
Wednesday, March 10th, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Constance Gewa, PhD., is an Associate Professor in the Department Nutrition and Food Studies. Gewa’s research focuses on nutritional status of mothers and children in low-income nations, especially those in Africa. She is a leading expert in estimation of dietary intake quantity and quality in African populations, sustainable food-based strategies aimed at improving food security and nutritional and health status of mothers and children populations in resource-poor settings in Africa and diet-related behavior change. Join us for informal discussion and dialogue with a true expert in the field!
Healthcare System Inequalities with Brad Greenwood and Nirup Menon
Wednesday, April 14th, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Brad Greenwood, PhD., is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management whose research examines the intended and unintended consequence of innovation, and how access to the resulting information affects welfare at the interface between business, technology, and social issues. Nirup Menon, PhD., is a Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management. His teaching and research interests are enterprise resource planning systems, database systems, data warehouses, data mining, economics of information systems, and research methods in information systems. Join us for informal discussion and dialogue with two experts in the field!