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Episode 104 – How Can Business Shape the Future of DEI

In this episode, three professors from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan tackle the question, “How can business shape the future of diversity, equity, and inclusion?” They discuss why business should concern itself with big social change, areas ripe for improvement, and roadblocks that get in the way of true progress.

At the end of the episode is a bonus research interview with Samantha Keppler, assistant professor of technology and operations, who describes her eye-opening research into the value of crowdfunding small projects in schools — and some broader implications of the results.

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About the participants

Episode Host and Producer: Bob Needham

Guests: Tamika Curry Smith, Dana Muir, Chris Rider, Samantha Keppler

Audio Engineer: Jonah Brockman

Featured Faculty
Robert L. Dixon Collegiate Professor of Business
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Business Law
Area Chair of Business Law
Thomas C. Kinnear Professor and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies