Kellogg Prof, ‘Quiet Architect’ Of Economic Policy, Nominated To Key Treasury Post

Ben Harris, an associate professor at Northwestern Kellogg, is seen as the “quiet architect” of Joe Biden’s economic policy. Kellogg photo

President Joe Biden announced March 11 his intent to nominate Ben Harris, associate professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, as assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, the White House said in a statement.

Harris, who was chief economist to then Vice President Biden during the Obama administration, is seen as the “quiet architect” of Biden’s economic policy, the New York Times reported last November.

Regarding the intent, Harris called it, “The honor of a lifetime to be nominated to serve at Treasury; I’m beyond grateful for this opportunity.”

Deloitte, Wharton announce partnership on diversity initiative

Erika James, dean of The Wharton School

Deloitte and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School have announced a new research initiative with the goal of advancing inclusive leadership within organizations. Through the collaboration, Deloitte and Wharton hope to gain a more nuanced understanding of effective sponsorship and mentorship of minorities, or Persons Excluded due to Ethnicity or Race (PEER), and use the research to enable Deloitte professionals, other organizations and Wharton students how to become more inclusive leaders.

“To truly be a diverse and inclusive workplace, organizations need to create an environment where all employees are supported, engaged and, ultimately, able to succeed without compromising their individualism and authenticity,” said Dan Helfrich, chairman and chief executive officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “Inclusive leaders set the tone for that type of workplace and through this initiative we hope to advance diversity, equity and inclusion within our own organization and the broader business community.”

Erika James, dean of the Wharton School and a leading expert on workplace diversity and management strategy, is a dedicated advocate of inclusive leadership. “We are so grateful for Deloitte’s support and collaboration on this vitally important work,” said Dean James. “Together, we have an incredible opportunity to help organizations become more inclusive. What better way to do that than producing insights and empowering people to put them to work. While leaders need these solutions right now, our students are hungry for the knowledge that will help them ‘be the change’ in the sectors they choose for their future careers. They all want a blueprint. We want to provide it.”

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School targets Charlotte expansion 

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill wants to bring its two-year executive MBA program to Charlotte beginning this fall, the school’s dean has confirmed in an interview with the Charlotte Business Journal.

Shackelford recently told faculty members that exploratory steps are under way for a Charlotte campus but many steps remain before the move can occur. “We’ve still got some things to do, but we are now moving forward with plans to start an MBA program in Charlotte that would start this October,” he said.

Among the next steps, according to the Journal: Getting approval from the UNC Board of Governors and securing accreditation for the MBA program in Charlotte. No location has been selected for the school; Shackelford wants it to be accessible to the business community, which likely means someplace in or near uptown.

MBA candidates in UK launch new online networking program

Traditionally, much of the value of an MBA program is the networking opportunities. However, the social restrictions in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic has made typical MBA networking formats impossible.In response, students, MBA graduates, professionals, and recruiters from across the world are meeting virtually on platforms like Zoom for ‘Speed Networking’ events held online.

Speed Networking is similar to speed dating, whereby participants are put into a virtual room with one or a few other participants for a short period of time, where they have the chance to pitch themselves, ask questions and connect.

“It may be a cliché, but when life throws lemons at you, make lemonade!” said Victor Zasadzki, a Cranfield MBA 2021 candidate and co-founder of The Firefly MBA Network, which organizes monthly events such as Speed Networking and MBA Book clubs. Speed Networking events typically involve an introduction by a keynote speaker, after which participants move into break out rooms with one other person for 6 minutes at a time, before moving onto the next person.

Luxury champagne Veuve Clicquot & NEOMA launch scholarship program in aid of female students

Luxury champagne company Maison Veuve Clicquot and NEOMA Business School in France have set up a scholarship program that will finance tuition fees for 10 female Master in Management students per year.

This initiative recognises that education plays an important role in the liberation and future success of women, but young girls face even more obstacles to access education. That is why the scholarships will be awarded on the basis of social, financial and academic criteria.

“NEOMA has always demonstrated strong support for gender equality, and with the added support of Maison Veuve Clicquot, we can take our proactive approach to encouraging young, talented girls who join our school even further,” explains Delphine Manceau, dean of NEOMA Business School.


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