Panelists and attendees at the inaugural Carlson School DEI Conference, "Live Into It."

Carlson School Launches DEI Center with Conference

Friday, October 14, 2022

Angela Spranger speaking into the mic onstage.
Angela Spranger, Senior Diversity Officer at the Carlson School, welcomes panelists at the "Live Into It," inaugural Carlson School DEI Conference.

On Thursday, October 13, the Carlson School hosted its inaugural DEI-related business conference: “Live Into It: The Carlson School DEI Conference.” The event served as the official launch of the school’s Center for DEI in Business.

“Gathering together provides an opportunity for meaningful discussion around Inclusive Excellence: what it means for a business school, and what it means for corporate and community leaders in our region,” said Angela Spranger, PhD, MBA, the school’s senior diversity officer and founding director of the center.

At the free, half-day conference, which was aimed at corporate partners, alumni, faculty, and staff, attendees heard from keynote speaker, Dr. Kevin McDonald, and two panel discussions. Overall, attendees gained new information, resources, and made connections that will impact future efforts.

The Center for DEI in Business works with entities across the Carlson School to deploy the research, consulting, and teaching expertise required to lead and partner effectively in the local and regional DEI ecosystem.

“By designing and delivering school-wide initiatives that impact students, employees, alumni, and the broader community, we demonstrate our full commitment to manifesting the ‘business as a force for good’ motto,” added Spranger.

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