Keynote Speakers


Commitment to Inclusive Excellence – A University President’s Perspective

Renu Khator
Chancellor and President
University of Houston System/University of Houston
This interactive session will focus on a university president’s perspective to creating an imperative for inclusive excellence in higher education in a post-COVID environment.  Underlying issues will  touch upon creating an environment that fosters equity, inclusion, and sustainability. The discourse will address on emergent decision making opportunities in private and public sector settings. Audience is welcome to bring up modalities on how business school research and pedagogy can integrate with the broader community within and outside the university.

Conference attendees are encouraged to send questions for consideration ahead of time to with the subject line: “Keynote Question.”

Moderated by:

Dean Paul Pavlou
Bauer College of Business, University of Houston



Fireside Chat: Creating a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Society: A Corporate Viewpoint

Danielle Brown
Chief People Officer, Gusto
Bernard Coleman
Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Employee Engagement, Gusto
The session will present industry perspectives on diversity, equity, and inclusion in a townhall format. The speakers will focus on unique DEI challenges facing the society and businesses. Drawing from their collective experience in pursuit of DEI in technology industry and the broader community, the keynote speakers will discuss ideas pertaining to evidence-based DEI by building a business case and discuss implications for how academia and industry can collectively think about DEI.

Moderated by: 

Sanjay Gupta
Eli & Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Broad College of Business, Michigan State University


The Operations of Well-Being

Charles Corbett
Professor of Operations Management and Sustainability, UCLA; IBM Chair in Management

Dr. Corbett will explore ways in which operations can help improve well-being, whether that means more sustainable economies, greater equity, improved mental health, or other attributes of global quality of life. Operations cannot solve all societal problems but the links between quality of operations and quality of life are more numerous and nuanced than we usually realize.


Relevance of Operations Management Research

Jayashankar Swaminathan
Distinguished Professor of Operations, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
This talk will explore different styles of operations management research and their relevance. Dr. Swaminathan will discuss approaches to enhance practical relevance while maintaining high levels of rigor in scholarship. He will conclude with examples of future topics of study for our community that have important implications for society at large.