December Lunch: Why DEI Efforts Are Good for Business

Our December lunch featured a panel discussion on how thoughtful DEI initiatives can generate meaningful change, positively impact your brand, create a more engaged and productive workforce, and earn deeper trust from your team and the community. As Black business owners, they shared how they have been personally affected, efforts they are leading at their […]

Our December lunch featured a panel discussion on how thoughtful DEI initiatives can generate meaningful change, positively impact your brand, create a more engaged and productive workforce, and earn deeper trust from your team and the community. As Black business owners, they shared how they have been personally affected, efforts they are leading at their own companies, the future of DEI and the ongoing need for change. The panelists were:

Jeremiah Chapman, co-founder & CEO of Fresh Fry LLCA Louisville native, he has been recognized by Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville.

Aaron Jordan, CEO and founder of the Black Complex and Recording Arts and Sciences Bootcamp (RASB), as well as an activist and advocate for community empowerment. He is a graduate of the historically Black Tennessee State University, with a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications.

Lecresha Sewell, CEO and founder of Melanated Healthcare LLC. She is a doctorally prepared women’s health nurse practitioner who is passionate about eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes for all.

The panel was moderated by Kayla Meisner, licensing and new ventures manager for Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV) and Venture Connectors board member. At KCV, she is dedicated to the commercialization of technologies from partner universities and colleges that moves great ideas and research to products on the market for public benefit. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bioengineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Louisville.

Certified Success

Michael McBride is, as many accountants are, incredibly pragmatic. This year, Michael completed his Master of Accountancy degree at the College of Business. In the end, he achieved his goal. He couldn’t be prouder. “I don’t want to sugarcoat anything—t…

Michael McBride is, as many accountants are, incredibly pragmatic. This year, Michael completed his Master of Accountancy degree at the College of Business. In the end, he achieved his goal. He couldn’t be prouder. “I don’t want to sugarcoat anything—the experience was definitely hard and a struggle at times. But I’m so proud I didn’t give up....

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Promising Research

Entrepreneurship is about investing in you—your idea, plan, perseverance, and making that investment pay off. It’s calculating the risk, eyeing the reward, and making a leap of faith. Sadek Showkat understands risk/reward and betting on himself. In the…

Entrepreneurship is about investing in you—your idea, plan, perseverance, and making that investment pay off. It’s calculating the risk, eyeing the reward, and making a leap of faith. Sadek Showkat understands risk/reward and betting on himself. In the past five years, Sadek has gone from his home in Bangladesh to work for a multinational corporation...

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Spirit of Sharing

Erica Hulse is the person people go to to get things done—a reputation that has helped earn her the respect of her peers. She has helped shape the new Online MBA program (OMBA) as a student support coordinator—ensuring that our grad students have an ad…

Erica Hulse is the person people go to to get things done—a reputation that has helped earn her the respect of her peers. She has helped shape the new Online MBA program (OMBA) as a student support coordinator—ensuring that our grad students have an advocate who cares about their successes in the classroom and as...

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(Not) Near & Dear

To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives would be an understatement. Researchers at UofL’s College of Business
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To say that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives would be an understatement. Researchers at UofL’s College of Business

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2021 Scholarships and Awards

Celebrating the Impact of Generosity In September, the College of Business Scholarship Awards Event served as an opportunity to honor students who received scholarships through the College for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Donors were also honored and …

Celebrating the Impact of Generosity In September, the College of Business Scholarship Awards Event served as an opportunity to honor students who received scholarships through the College for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Donors were also honored and present to have an opportunity to meet the student-recipients.  College of Business alum Beth Wiseman (’80, ’87) was...

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CFE: Ready To Be In Person

After nearly 19 months of mostly remote work, virtual classes, and online events, the Center for Free Enterprise decided to offer in-person programming again this fall. And going by attendance at the first talk, students and the community were ready fo…

After nearly 19 months of mostly remote work, virtual classes, and online events, the Center for Free Enterprise decided to offer in-person programming again this fall. And going by attendance at the first talk, students and the community were ready for the change. A presentation by New York Times bestselling author Amity Shlaes was the...

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Thriving Across Generations

The annual UofL Family Business Center Summit, presented by Axiom Financial Strategies Group, celebrated legacy family businesses across the Kentuckiana region. The theme for the 2021 Summit, Thriving Across Generations, embodied the essence of the Cen…

The annual UofL Family Business Center Summit, presented by Axiom Financial Strategies Group, celebrated legacy family businesses across the Kentuckiana region. The theme for the 2021 Summit, Thriving Across Generations, embodied the essence of the Center’s mission to help family businesses prosper. The event brought together family members and employees from more than 30 local...

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