Inclusive Leadership Initiative: Transforming the Workforce, Together.

Inclusive Leadership Initiative

Transforming the Workforce, Together.

Inclusive Leadership Initiative: Transforming the Workforce, Together.

 

Teaching


The C. T. Bauer College of Business currently offers courses that fit within the Inclusive Leadership Initiative’s mission. These courses are open to undergraduate, graduate and also open to prospective students. Additionally, courses can be customized for our partner organizations.

 

University Classroom

 

Undergraduate

Undergraduate DEI Certificate - The Department of Management & Leadership offers two upper-division undergraduate electives on the topic and a DEI certificate for undergrads.

  • MANA 4356 Managing Diversity – The effects of changing global worker demographics on the effective management of organizations.
  • MANA 4354 EEOC Internship – Students participate in a semester-long internship at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Houston field office. In this internship, they become familiar with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related amendments and the processes and procedures of the EEOC as it investigates allegations of discrimination in workplaces.
  • Phillips 66 DEI Case Competition - This competition responds to Phillips 66’s dedicated effort to promote DEI by supporting partners on the same journey. This one-month competition involves teams of Bauer undergraduates (each team with three to five members). Student teams assess and provide solutions to create a culture more conducive to a diverse and inclusive workforce. The first competition occurred in 2019 and the second one is poised to take place in 2022.

Graduate

Graduate DEI Certificate - The Bauer College has developed a newly approved Certificate in Leading Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, requiring students to take the first two listed classes and then one of the other listed classes. This graduate certificate will be launched shortly.

  • MANA 7357 Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Introduces the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion and how individuals in organizations can act with good intentions in ways that hurt others.
  • MANA 7359 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy - The course focuses on organizational group-level processes that impact diversity, equity, and inclusion. It further examines the relationship between DEI and company strategy and performance.
  • MANA 7356 Inclusive Leadership - Effective management in the context of changing global worker demographics to maximize organizational performance.
  • MANA 7354 Cultural Issues in Global Management – Effective management in the context of cross-national and cross-cultural factors to maximize organizational and individual performance.
  • MANA 7375 Global Leadership – Examines the roles of global leaders, the competencies they need to develop, the challenges they face, and the personal and organizational aspects of becoming a global leader.
  • ENTR 7342 Women in Entrepreneurship – Issues that women entrepreneurs face and means of addressing those issues.
  • DEI Consulting Class – The ILI faculty will offer a 6-credit Consulting Class where “consulting teams” formed by MBA and MS students help Houston organizations to solve business issues related to their DEI strategies and implementation. This class is an experiential class.

Executive Development

Women in Leadership - This leadership training was launched in 2017 and is designed to empower women leaders to identify their unique facets, ask for what they want, and bring their whole best selves to work. The training has been delivered more than 10 times, both in face-to-face and online formats. As part of an online community of women (through LinkedIn) who have taken this leadership program, the participants continue their development journey with the guidance of the lead-faculty of the program, Professor Vanessa Patrick.

Participants learn (1) their unique leadership style to help leverage their talent to lead others more effectively, (2) the importance of leading oneself and developing a set of personal policies, skills, and implementable action plans to increase happiness and decrease stress, (3) how to conduct an honest self-assessment and develop a portfolio of skills to help participants better negotiate salary and promotions, manage conflict, and, have difficult conversations, (4) how to recognize and address stressors and promote well-being in the workplace, and, (5) stories of successful female professionals to inspire and allow participants to create their own stories and utilize technology to create a unique professional identity that captures the authentic "you."

The program is designed — by women for women — to bring together research-based insights and professional leadership experiences of Bauer faculty and industry leaders to create an empowering learning experience. Sessions are highly interactive and promote open conversations and dialogue. As a result, new professional ties, friendships, and a supportive community of women leaders emerge.

Inclusive Leadership - The ILI will contribute to Bauer Executive Education portfolio with a 3-day Inclusive Leadership workshop intended to introduce managers to the competencies and skill sets needed to become inclusive leaders who can manage organizational diversity to achieve high performance. The 3-day workshop is composed of 4 elements.

  • Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Diversity, equity, and inclusion have undergone an evolution and a revolution in corporate America. It is no longer enough for companies to simply say they are building a diverse workforce. Instead, companies must also ensure that they are building a culture that is inclusive of employees of all diverse backgrounds and that their internal systems allow employees to have equitable opportunities for success.

    Leaders have a vital role to play in an organization's DEI journey. In this section, leaders will learn the core competencies of diversity, equity, and inclusion and will have the opportunity to explore the elements of identity that comprise leaders' whole selves. Leaders will learn about key concepts that are part of the discussion around DEI today, such as privilege, systemic inequities, and microaggressions. We will delve into the psychology of unconscious biases and discuss biases that most frequently manifest in the workplace, along with strategies to mitigate these biases on an individual level. We will then explore what it means to be an inclusive leader and how leaders can confidently and authentically engage with employees of diverse backgrounds to create a more inclusive culture in any organization.

  • Diversity Dialogue in Organizations
    Creating an inclusive culture for a diverse workforce is the goal of almost every organization. Working with and interacting within diverse groups is becoming increasingly important for organizational success. The experiences of all employees, inside and outside of work, shape the prism through which they connect and work with each other daily, and is not something we can 'turn off.' Communicating across differences about emotionally charged topics such as race and ethnicity requires a deep and broad understanding of oneself and others and goes well beyond basic business communication skills. Many individuals lack formal instruction and training in engaging in challenging conversations, and our tendency to lean into our comfort zones limits the likelihood of developing these skills naturally.

    This course is designed to help individuals understand why these conversations can be so problematic and empower them with the skills to have them successfully. Organizations understand their most valuable asset is their human capital, and having a diverse workforce understand the root, structure, and value of effective diversity dialogue is a necessary investment.

  • Interpersonal Conflict Styles
    In many organizations today, the focus is on results. Teams need to find better solutions faster. To optimize performance, we must effectively resolve issues, settle differences, and implement solutions at every level. The individual interpersonal conflict style session aims to create awareness of our natural tendencies when dealing with conflict. Participants will take the TKI conflict assessment tool. Participants are introduced to five basic conflict-handling modes. They learn how and when each method is typically most appropriate and gain insight into how overusing or underusing any one conflict mode can create unwanted situations for themselves and others.

  • Inclusive Leadership and Character
    Effective Inclusive Leadership has three main components: competencies, character, and commitment. We focus on the element of leadership that has largely been neglected in leadership development – Character – but that has been identified as critical for decision making. We discuss the concrete behaviors associated with Inclusive Leadership, including accountability, drive, collaboration, courage, justice, temperance, humility, humanity, integrity, transcendence, and judgment, and illustrate how these behaviors can be developed and how character leads to improved diversity, equity, and inclusion.

New DEI training programs

The ILI will be offering courses and certificate programs open to the public. The current offerings of DEI programs at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels will be adapted to one-day programs. The Center will create and promote one-day seminars such as:

  • DEI for H.R. Professionals,
  • DEI for Non-Profits,
  • DEI for Health Care, and
  • Micro Masters in DEI

New DEI custom programs

The ILI will also offer highly customized programs for companies wanting to develop inclusive leaders in their organizations. We will work with companies to define their educational objectives in DEI, then find the proper faculty to develop and deliver programs.

First, we will meet to discuss specific learning objectives and identify the levels of the organization leadership that will need to be involved. Second, the faculty chosen for each class will work collaboratively to develop class content. Finally, at the conclusion of the program, feedback is solicited from the participants. This feedback will define follow-up instruction and revisions to class content. The participants will emerge equipped with the skills to leverage their knowledge into strategies for the company to attain a new level of success.

 

 

Infinite Possibility

Infinite Possibility

Dusya Vera is a flurry of motion. In conversation, she speaks with her hands, often leaning forward to nod or ask a question. Vera’s life, too, is one of constant movement — she is a mother of triplets, and she works full-time as an associate professor of management at Bauer College, producing academic research and teaching graduate-level courses.“Of course I have felt overwhelmed many times, and I still do sometimes,” Vera said. “But the problem with feeling overwhelmed is that we are judging ourselves. So, one thing I repeat to myself is, ‘I am doing the best I can.’”

“I have these humongous hopes and beliefs for my children, and now I have that for my students, too. I see infinite possibility for all of them.”

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The Direction of Her Dream

The Direction of Her Dreams

Christina Brown isn't afraid to dream big. Now 23, the Bauer College marketing senior still lives her life as she did as a kid growing up in Westchester, New York.

“When you take risks, that's when you grow the most.”

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The Places She'll Go

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In previous generations, young women may have had a more limited list of aspirations, or they may have thought of crossing one item from the list in favor of another.But today, as women continue to redefine what it means to be a female in the workplace, girls are envisioning futures for themselves that include a range of responsi-bilities and roles.

“Know your strengths, work on your weakness, and don't let anyone tell you that you cannot do it.”
— Bauer College Dean Latha Ramchand.

 

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Tenacious Taste

Tenacious Taste

Recent Bauer College alumna Rashmi Bhat (BBA ’14) discovered her career path early in life, although she didn’t know it at the time.“’Food’ was my first word as a baby,” she said. “In the back of my mind, I always knew I wanted a restaurant.”

“It is a lot of work, but if you don’t love it, don’t do it.”

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A Life Worth Living

Every corner of Bette Stead’s home tells a story. The framed wildlife photos are from her husband’s trips to Africa. The vintage purses represent her travels to Greenland, Korea and Europe as a member of the Melody Maids, a women’s chorus that performed for the mili-tary overseas during World War II.

“All of our lives go up and down. When I would hit a bump in the road, my aunt would say, ‘Tie another knot in the rope, and hold on.’”

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Back to the Future

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Budapest native Emese Felvegi didn’t need to speak a word of English in her childhood home. Her family spoke Hungarian.But that didn’t stop the curious youngster from learning the language — repeat viewings of Star Wars and a passion for The Beatles, along with her more formal education, expanded her vocabulary and her worldview.

“I’m trying to help students pay attention to the world around them and the technology they can leverage for their benefit.”

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In Bloom

In Bloom

We all have different paths that we must take going through college, and Bauer College has really helped transform me into the person I am today.

“Don't stay stuck - do better.”
— Supply Chain Student Aishah Malik

 

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Dive In

Dive In

For management and marketing junior Taylor Olanski, when faced with an uncertain situation, hanging back isn’t an option — it’s best to dive in. The Canada native has faced her fears plenty of times, even at the young age of 18. She moved to Houston in 2013 from her hometown of London, Ontario, to pursue a business education at Bauer College on a diving scholarship.

“I love to compete, test my abilities and put everything I have into the job that I am doing.”

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Dive In

Engineering Change

Engineering has traditionally been an industry dominated — and led — by men. Bauer MBA candidate Brooke Thomas-Eben is one of many professionals carving out a space in the field for women.

“Be passionate and dedicated about what you seek to pursue, and no obstacle will be too hard for you to overcome.”

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Bethina Campbell, Lola Soyebo Harris and Maria Fernanda Guerrero share many common-alities — they are all Bauer College students and leaders in organizations at the college (Women’s Energy Network, Bauer Women Society and the National Association of Women MBAs, respectively).

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A Fierce Leader

A Fierce Leader

As a Bauer College staff member who has risen through the ranks during her nearly 17-year career, Sara Brown (BS ’99, MBA ’02) has had the opportunity to grow into a leadership role at an organization that feels like home.

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(Em)powering the Future

(Em)powering the Future

Celebrating successes and improving the future for women in business was the mission of hundreds of female MBA students and business professionals, including representatives from Bauer College, during this fall’s National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) 2015 Conference and Career Fair.

"NAWMBA creates an avenue for discussions on these challenges while creating opportunities for networking, mentoring and career development.”

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Run the World

Run the World

College alumnus Freddy Cruz may not seem to have much in common with the classmates who graduated with him in 2001. Instead of a suit and tie, he wears Converse and jeans to work. And in place of a desk in a corner office, he does his work behind a sound board and a microphone.

"Meeting artists and celebrities is cool, but it’s not the coolest part of the gig. I really like hanging out with Houstonians. I get so excited to share really cool stuff with my listeners."

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Ties that Bind

Ties that Bind

With her large Italian and Mexican families, Nina Bianchi Skinner (MBA, JD ’01) was never at a loss for playmates or mentors.

"Maintaining relationships, keeping up with people, reconnecting with people: it's important to my job. But it's part of who I am."

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Ties that Bind

Queen of NFL Retail

Natara Holloway (BBA ’98) didn’t move from Houston to New York to work for the National Football League because she was a die-hard football fan. She did it because she had a passion for accounting and auditing — and had for a very long time.

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Loss and Triumph

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Electric Avenue

Electric Avenue

Bauer alumna and President of NRG Retail and Reliant Elizabeth Killinger (BBA ’91) maintains a busy schedule as a mother of three and an active member of the Bauer College Board.

“Energy is a wide open field, and there is no brighter time for anyone, man or woman, to find where they belong within it.”

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Shattering the Glass Ceiling

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Female leaders may be underestimating their supervisors’ perceptions of their work, according to a recent Bauer College study. The study by Bauer professor Leanne Atwater, alumna Rachel Sturm (Ph.D. ’14) and two other colleagues focuses on women in the workplace, examining how they predict their bosses’ ratings of their leadership.

“We need to be doing everything we can to boost people's senses of self.”

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When I graduated from Bauer College in 2012, I felt confused. I was entering a competitive rotational program at a Fortune 500 company that would accelerate my career and expose me to a wide spectrum of opportunities. Still, I felt lost. Although my college years prepared me academically, I was unsure about the direction I wanted to take my career and how to navigate the years ahead of me.

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Sweet Song of Success

Sweet Song of Success

For Bauer College accounting senior Meggie Reynoso, life has been a lot like one of the songs she loves to sing in church — the beginning starts in almost a whisper, building through the middle to a triumphant crescendo.

“If you love doing something and it's your passion, keep chasing that dream and work hard because it will pay off.”

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We Ca Do It!

We Can Do It!

For members of Bauer College’s National Association of Women MBAs, the journey to personal and professional success is best navigated with a team. And in the last year, this student organization has grown its team by more than doubling membership from 2013, marking the highest level of growth since 2011, and refining its mentorship program and professional development events. The women leading NAWMBA all have different stories, but what unites them is a shared goal in supporting each other and their classmates with a mantra that is likely familiar to many others striving for success — “We Can Do It!”

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The Marketing Navigator

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What is a four-letter word that means tenacious, knowledgeable and dedicated? G-E-L-B. Marketing professor Betsy Gelb exemplifies that description. From the start of her career at WWL-TV in New Orleans to a four-decade tenure in Bauer College’s Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Gelb has a breadth of experience that makes an impression.

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