Career Advancement to Host Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Sessions on workplace diversity will be led by employers including Google, BP, and Accenture.

By Cindy Yao

Career Advancement will host its annual diversity and inclusion summit this Friday at Ida Noyes Hall.

The summit is open to all students and will “provide an opportunity to celebrate and educate students on workplace diversity and inclusion efforts,” according to the event’s Handshake page.

Students will first listen to a keynote presentation from Jacqueline Robertson, global head of talent, diversity and inclusion at investment banking and asset management firm William Blair. Robertson will speak about the shifting demographics and generations in the workplace, and William Blair’s initiatives to foster an inclusive work environment and culture. William Blair is one of the summit’s sponsors, and several leaders at William Blair are alumni from the College or the Booth School of Business.

“I think there is a strong affinity associated with one’s alma mater and desire to make sure we continue that connection in a way that augments our efforts to recruit outstanding talent,” Robertson said. “When you attend a university such as University of Chicago, it seems natural to reach back to try to connect with more students, and understand their experience and expectations of a potential employer.”

Following the presentation, students will engage in two 30-minute panels.

The first session will focus on LGBTQ+ and cultural diversity in the workplace, and the second will focus on workplace gender equality and advice targeted to international students.

The sessions will be led by employers including Google, BP, and Accenture, which will speak about their efforts toward furthering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The summit will conclude with an open house and reception. Students will be able to engage with RSOs, campus offices, and network with potential employers.

“I hope [the summit] will be thought-provoking and that [students] will think about how they can make an impact everyday—whether at school, work, or in their private lives,” Robertson said.