Lead Together: Inclusive Leadership for a Better World

Thank you to Ted Childs, Geoffrey Leonardelli, Barb Stegemann, the University at Buffalo Center for Diversity Innovation, the UB School of Management Alumni Association, Key Bank, The Martin Group, GEICO Careers, and more than 200 speakers and participants who joined us for our inclusive leadership conference, which took place in May 2019. 

Lead together. Inclusive leadership for a better world. When we lead with acceptance, understanding and an open mind, the world follows. Conference Keynote Barb Stegemann and Ted Childs.

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Featured Speakers

Workplace diversity expert and retired IBM vice president.

Founder of social enterprise, The 7 Virtues Peace Perfumes, entrepreneur, human rights activist and author.

Contact Us

Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
School of Management
University at Buffalo
UB Downtown Gateway
77 Goodell St., Suite 201
Buffalo, NY 14203

Tel:  716-645-2235
Fax: 716-645-2863

Meet our Team

Associate professor of organizational behavior and human resource management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and Department of Psychology.

Plus numerous experts in leadership, diversity and inclusion.

See full list in the Learning Tracks sections of the agenda below, and find more information on the Conference Speakers page.


Time Event
8:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee and Networking
9:15 a.m.


The Link Between Diversity and Global Competitiveness

Ted Childs

Strategic Diversity Advisor


As a leading corporate diversity expert, Ted Childs understands the importance of embracing diversity and the advantage it provides in the war for talent and an increasingly competitive global marketplace. To achieve maximum potential, we must pay attention to changing demographics and emerging issues, and embrace them as opportunities for growth. Childs will clarify the definitions associated with diversity and inclusion, explore the global environment, including the marketplace, look at external recognition as a subject matter influence, share his diversity and inclusion “global mega-trends,” and close with commentary about leadership as a tool for integrating diversity and inclusion into the DNA of today’s business leader.


10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.


Learning Tracks - Part One 

(Attend One)


Building Inclusive Cultures

Paul Tesluk, PhD


Negotiating Success for Women

Maura Belliveau, PhD


Unconscious Bias in the Workplace 

Katerina Bezrukova, PhD


Achieving Everyday Excellence: Using Personal Policies to Lead with Greater Impact 

Vanessa Patrick, PhD


11:30 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.


Becoming a Better “Us”: Inclusiveness in the Age of Tribalism

Geoffrey Leonardelli, PhD

Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Can we gain the benefits of an “us” without being threatened by a “them?” Geoff’s research shows how focusing on self-insight can increase human effectiveness and uses a psychological lens to analyze whether and how the psychology of “us” can lead to a better us.


1:45 p.m.


Learning Tracks - Part Two

(Attend One)


Gender-Based Power Dynamics in the #MeToo Era

Maura Belliveau, PhD


Confidence and Career Success: The Conundrum of “Failure” in Career Growth Experiences

Stephanie Argentine, JD/MBA


Unleashing Your Potential While Recognizing Differences in Ability, Behavior and Culture

Dorothy Siaw Asamoah, PhD


Networks, Leaders and Teams

Prasad Balkundi, PhD


2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m.


Doing Well by Doing Good

Barb Stegemann

CEO and Founder, 7 Virtues


Learn how Stegemann launched her company, The 7 Virtues Peace Perfumes, out of her garage and on her Visa card—and built a brand that is now not only competing with other luxury perfumes, but has created a new movement of clean and conscious beauty at Sephora, the fastest-growing beauty retailer in the world.


Stegemann will shine light on her approach to business and explain how social enterprise can be used to help reverse global issues such as war and poverty. She will show that the return on investment and the return on love are not mutually exclusive—we can (and must) have both together.


4:00 p.m. Conference Wrap Up and Networking Reception

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