Embracing the Excluded: A Transformative Role for Business Schools

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23 September 2020 - 24 September 2020

Fundação Dom Cabral


Inequality is not just about income or wealth. It is also about access to healthcare and public services, and about influence in the policy-making process. There are inequalities across genders, ethnicities, social groups, and more. Inequalities can look very different from country to country. Persistent inequalities also hinder progress toward achieving other SDGs, such as the elimination of extreme poverty. Because it is multidimensional, there is much more that business schools can do. This event will surfaces new opportunities to make a difference.

The Conference will convene the world’s best business schools to consider their role in reducing social inequality around the world. Most directly, business schools can take steps to expand access to the quality management and entrepreneurship education they provide. We will explore these efforts and more, including social innovation programs, financial literacy and inclusion initiatives, research collaborations, outreach programs, and other innovative efforts.

The conference will address the following questions:

  1. What programs do business schools have to improve access to business and management education to underrepresented groups?
  2. How can we be stronger catalysts for women and other underrepresented groups who want to create new businesses?
  3. How might business schools partner with providers to invent new business models that improve access to healthcare services, especially the preventative type? What about access to other important services?
  4. How do we improve the composition of our faculties to reflect the diversity of our students and provide role models for them?
  5. Are there ways for business schools to collaborate with each other, or work with other units on campus, in order to scale solutions that reduce inequality?
  6. How can we connect student teams to projects that help to reduce inequalities, especially in lower income countries?
  7. Are there ways to utilize emerging digital technologies and new developments such as micro-credentials and innovative assessments to improve educational access?
  8. Can business schools work more effectively with elementary and secondary education providers to improve opportunities?
  9. How do we direct more of our research efforts to help understand and solve grand challenges related to inequality?
  10. What role can business school-based case competitions, incubators, and entrepreneurship hubs play in reducing inequalities?

Target Audience

Deans, Associate Deans, Program Directors, and scholars that are championing efforts at their business schools and taking a proactive approach to reducing inequalities in society. Select business leaders, as well as some representatives from government, in Brazil and Latin America, will be invited to share their perspectives as part of the discussion.

Registration & Fees

Please stay tuned for registration information.


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Nicole Zefran