Thriving as a Professional of Color - DE&I in the Workplace

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What does DE&I look like in the workplace? 

Join a panel of professionals conversing about DEI in the workplace. They will address their company initiatives on retention and promotion of BIPOC employees, their own journeys moving up in their companies, and education's impact on DEI policies in the workplace. After the panel, join alumni, current students, and prospective students for networking and advice on thriving as a professional of color.


Thriving as a Professional of Color 

Monday, March 8, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CT

Virtual Event 


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Hosted by Mosaic and the Alumni Relations Office.


Meet the Panelists


Nicole Graves

Nicole Graves, MHRIR ‘97

Director Human Resources-Global Sales, Marketing, Finance & Business Operations at Boeing

Nicole Graves is the newly named HR director for Global Sales & Marketing, Finance & Business Operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes at The Boeing Company. She provides strategic HR leadership in support of a cross divisional, globally dispersed sales team for airplanes and services.

Nicole started her HR career over 23 years ago working for General Mills, then PepsiCo as an HR business partner in roles with increasing responsibility. Previously, Nicole was with the Chevron Corporation where she worked for over 11 years.  At Chevron she spent 5 years working as an Expatriate as an HR Leader in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Singapore. Through her assignments in Southeast Asia, she worked to increase HR capabilities, and greater organization capabilities throughout the region.

A Chicago native, Nicole earned her Bachelors of Business Management degree in Marketing from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also earned a Master’s of Arts degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from The Carlson School of Management, at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Nicole is an active member of The National Society of Human Resources. She has held her SPHR ( Senior Professional Human Resources) certification since 2006. She is a guest lecturer at The University of Minnesota, and frequently speaks to high school, college and graduate students about her journey as an HR professional. Additionally, Nicole recently joined the Board of Advisors for the Carlson School of Management.


Miguel Rocha

Miguel Rocha, BSB ‘13

Global Diversity Talent Lead, 3M

Miguel Rocha's responsibilities at 3M are to create and lead implementation of programming to increase the recruitment for underrepresented talent. He also serves as a knowledgeable DEI partner in advancement, retention and managing solutions to support change throughout the organization. 

Miguel’s involvement includes the Board of Directors for CLUES, HBCU Make It. MSP Engagement Team, ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America), NABA (National Association of Black Accountants), Ascend (Pan-Asian Leaders), NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals), Breakthrough Twin Cities, Ideation for the Minnesota Orchestra (Musica Juntos), Juvenile Justice Advocates International (judicial support for youth in Mexico). He has recently been named Co-Chair for the Carlson Alumni of Color Network.


Mee Warren

Mee Warren, BSB ‘02

Visiting Researcher, Bodhi Research Group

Mee Warren is a seasoned investment professional. In 2020, she joined Bodhi Research Group as a Visiting Researcher.  Bodhi Research Group is an independent, conflict-free firm that is fully focused on research and education in the alternative investments arena.  Her duties include portfolio diagnostics, machine learning applications, due diligence, and risk management. 

Mee Warren was a Global Equity Region Manager at Two Sigma Investments, LP., an investment management firm with a scientific approach towards investments. During her fifteen years at the firm, the firm grew from under $100 million to over $60 billion in AUM. She leveraged her expertise in investments, market structure and trading to develop new strategies, increase capacity and enhance returns.

In 2015, Mee received two industry awards: the “Women in Finance Outstanding Contributions” award from Markets Media and the “Women on Wall Street Trailblazer” award from Traders Magazine. Mee graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management with majors in Finance, International Business, and Risk Management and minors in Latin, Chinese, and East Asian Studies. She also completed the distinguished University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP).

Mee is a member of the National Organization of Investment Professionals (NOIP), CFA Society of New York, 100 Women in Finance, and Women in ETFs. She is also on the Board of the Greater New York Bridge Association (GNYBA).  


Edward McFowland III

Edward McFowland III

Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Management

Ed is an Assistant Professor of Information and Decision Sciences in the Carlson School of Management. In addition, Ed is Graduate Faculty in the Department of Biostatistics and the Data Science Program, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests—which lie at the intersection of Information Systems, Machine Learning, and Public Policy—include the development of computationally efficient algorithms for large-scale statistical machine learning and “big data” analytics. More specifically, his research seeks to demonstrate that many real-world problems faced by organizations, and society more broadly, can be reduced to the tasks of anomalous pattern detection and discovery. As a data and computational social scientist, his broad research goal is bridging the gap between machine learning and the social sciences (e.g., economics, public policy, and management) both through the application of machine learning methods to social science problems and through the integration of machine learning and econometric methodologies. Ed’s research on these topics has been published in leading Machine Learning and Statistics journals and conferences.

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Ed received a Bachelors degree, three Masters degrees, and a Doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University. During graduate school, Ed was the recipient of the Suresh Konda Research Paper Award, the William W. Cooper Doctoral Dissertation Award, an AT&T Labs fellowship, and a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship.


Linda Nkosi

Linda Nkosi, MBA ‘22 - Moderator

1st Year MBA student, Carlson School of Management

Linda Nkosi is a 1st Year MBA student at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Linda is a native of the Kingdom of Eswatini (former Swaziland). Prior to Carlson, Linda began his career as a Mortgage Banker for Wells Fargo, eventually pivoting careers to the non-profit sector working for the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Linda's work at CHAI was centered around increasing fiscal space for health in Eswatini, increasing access to essential health services and providing technical assistance in Eswatini's journey towards Universal Health Coverage. Linda's interests are in Corporate Strategy, Corporate Finance, Impact Investing and International Development. Linda holds a BA in Finance & Economics from Wartburg College. Linda is on the leadership team of Mosaic, the student organization focused on fostering dialogue within the Carlson community around cultural, professional, and academic matters specifically impacting ethnic and racial minorities, and the student organization that brings Thriving as a Professional of Color to life.