CMU Tepper To Host Virtual Conference Examining Covid’s Impact On Women

Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business will host a virtual conference this weekend (February 28) that addresses the disproportionate burden placed on women during the pandemic.

According to a new report by the National Women’s Law Center, the United States lost a net 140,000 jobs in December 2020. Within that statistic, men gained 16,000 jobs, while women lost 156,000. This means that all job losses were women — with Black mothers, Hispanic mothers, and single mothers among the hardest hit. Among the highlights Sunday, Tepper Dean Isabelle Bajeux will deliver a personal keynote to the virtual conference sharing her experience as a woman who shouldered an unfair amount of the burden during her career. 

“Despite all of the data signaling an economic and emotional crisis disproportionately shouldered by women, we are not seeing effective cultural or policy responses,” says Khushboo Bhanushali, Tepper Women In Business Club VP and MBA student. “TWIB aims to bring people together to address these inequalities and find solutions as a community.”

Michigan Ross names recipient of first Black Business Student Association Fellowship

T.J. Banks. Michigan Ross photo

Michigan Ross has named the first recipient of a new full-time MBA Black Business Student Association fellowship. T.J. Banks was featured by P&Q in our Meet the Michigan Ross MBA Class of 2021 story.

Graduating members of BBSA were invited to apply for the $10,000 fellowship this year. Banks, one of three Black male Ross student ambassadors, is also a Ross liaison to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and serves on the MBA Council’s DEI Committee. He was selected as the first recipient by members of the full-time MBA team and Michigan Ross faculty.

The BBSA Fellowship was created to honor Black excellence at Michigan Ross, and stems from a months-long fundraising campaign launched by the school’s MBA Council President Jen Nwuli, in partnership with Ross Development.

“I will continue to lift as I climb to ensure that there is a pipeline for people of color to enter the ranks of management in corporate America,” Banks said. “Until the ranks of management resemble the nation’s population, there is much equitable work to be done.”

Rice Business Plan Competition to announce 2021 teams

The Rice Business Plan Competition — the world’s largest and richest student startup competition — will announce the teams invited to participate in this year’s edition on Friday (February 26). Peter Rodriguez, Rice Business dean; Brad Burke, Rice Alliance managing director; and Catherine Santamaria, Rice Business Plan Competition director, will make the announcement.

More than 440 student startups have applied for the April 6-9 competition hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the university’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The top startups deemed to have the best investment potential will be revealed via video at 10 a.m. CST.

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The student startup teams selected will compete in five categories: energy, clean tech and sustainability; life sciences and health care solutions; consumer products and services; hard tech; and digital enterprise. This year’s event will be the 21st annual competition drawing teams from around the globe who will again compete for prizes expected to top $1 million. Past competitors have raised more than $2.7 billion in total capital, and 237 startups have gone on to be successful. Two past alumni have achieved “unicorn status” with valuations greater than $1 billion each: Hyliion (2015 RBPC finalist) and Owlet Baby Care (2013 RBPC finalist).

NUS Business School launches new Master of Science in Human Capital Management & Analytics

The National University of Singapore Business School has launched a new Master of Science in Human Capital Management & Analytics program to meet industry demand for human resource professionals skilled in data analytics.

Organizations today are leveraging technology to draw actionable business intelligence from data. For the HR function, this means using analytics to gain insights about their workforce and its capabilities. It is also critical for HR professionals to be able to identify talent with relevant skills to meet business needs, especially in an uncertain economic landscape.

“The pandemic has accelerated the technology adoption in organisations across the world. To identify and groom the best talent, the HR function is evolving to help leaders make critical evidence-based people decisions,” says associate professor Jayanth Narayanan, academic director of the MSc HCMA program.

“Our program provides a balance between building traditional HR skills with the analytical capabilities that are increasingly important. As one of the leading institutions in the world, NUS is pioneering this new program to prepare future HR leaders by bringing together cutting-edge domain research with practical relevance to the industry.”


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