Thursday, April 1, 2021, 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. ET

The events of summer 2020 have proven to be watershed events in our nation’s history and in the long-standing struggle for racial justice for Black people and their allies. The impact of these events, including psychological impacts, have not been confined to homes and communities, but extend far into the workplace. They spill into the workplace, meeting with long-standing grievances and attempts to address issues of representation and equity.

Corporate America has undertaken a number of actions in the aftermath of last summer’s high-profile police killings and the ensuing racial reckoning. It has been summoned to action. In this session, attendees will learn about the latest research on the actions companies and leaders have taken to tackle systemic racism and issues of equity and inclusion in workplace culture and internal operations, strategic priorities and in their role as global citizens.


“Beyond Corporate Statements in Support of Black Lives Matter”

Stephanie Mahin, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Corporate Communication

Dr. Stephanie Mahin

Stephanie Mahin examines how organizations, for better or worse, use social media and social networks to mobilize stakeholder groups from purchase interest to protest.

She teaches public relations, media relations and crisis communication. Dr. Mahin comes to UNC Kenan-Flagler from the University of Indianapolis where she was a communication professor and taught public relations.

She began her career as a television reporter and received National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Award in 2014 and 2015. She worked for nearly 15 years in public relations for the UNC Health Care System before she began her academic career.

She is a member of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, National Association of Communication and International Association of Communication.

Dr. Mahin received her PhD from the UNC School of Media and Journalism, where she was a Roy H. Park Fellow. She earned her MS from N.C. State University and her BS from Butler University.

Olga Hawn, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Sustainability Distinguished Fellow and Faculty Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise

Dr. Olga Hawn

The research of Olga Hawn lies at the intersection of strategy and organization theory, business and society.

In particular, Dr. Hawn is engaged in multidisciplinary research on non-market strategy, including environmental, social and corporate governance activities of the firm with a focus on the strategic impact of such activities, their antecedents and consequences in developed and emerging markets.

Other interests include international expansion of multinationals from emerging markets, such as how firms from BRICS can succeed in cross-border M&As and overcome the negative perceptions caused by their origin as well as the role of business incubators in emerging markets.

Dr. Hawn’s teaching interests include strategy, global strategy and emerging markets, non-market strategy, corporate sustainability and responsibility. An award-winning teacher at UNC Kenan-Flagler, she received honorable mentions for the 2015 and 2016 Page Prize for Excellence in Sustainability Business Education for her MBA and PhD courses in sustainability strategy.

Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal and Research Policy. She serves on the board of the Strategic Management Journal, which presented her with the outstanding editorial board member award in 2014.

The Academy of Management’s Organizations and the Natural Environment (ONE) division awarded her the “ONE Emerging Scholar Award” in 2018. The Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) honored her with annual conference outstanding paper awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She was a finalist for the Haynes Prize for the “Most Promising Scholar Under 40” from the Academy of International Business in 2014. The Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management gave her the best paper award in 2012.

Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Hawn taught strategy and policy at Boston University. She received her PhD from Duke, a master’s degree in management research from Saïd Business School at Oxford University, and a master’s degree in international business and a BA in economics from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

“Assessing Organizational Equity: The Equity Audit”

Allison Schlobohm, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Corporate Communication

Dr. Allison Schlobohm

Guided by her commitment to a more just world, Dr. Schlobohm aims to inspire and uplift others as we boldly create our collective future. As a UNC Kenan-Flagler professor, she collaborates with colleagues and builds strong relationships with students – her courses focus on communicating at work and leading diverse, inclusive organizations.

As a researcher, Dr. Schlobohm uses qualitative and quantitative methods to find effective interventions into U.S. societal inequities. Her current projects focus on data-based interventions into organizations’ internal equity and analyses of the use of unconscious bias in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Dr. Schlobohm received her PhD in communication from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she earned her master’s degree. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in communication studies from Truman State University.

Carlexa Fevry (BSBA ’20), Kenan Scholar, MBA candidate ’22

Carlexa Fevry

Carlexa Fevry is a first-year MBA student at Kenan-Flagler pursuing a career in People Analytics and is a 2020 Kenan-Flagler undergraduate alum. She was born in New York City to working class Haitian immigrants who ensured a quality education for their children and raised them with the core values of social responsibility and education.

Carlexa came to UNC in 2016 as the top recruit on the UNC Division 1 Fencing Team. While training with her team she developed her emotional intelligence and leadership skills. As an undergraduate business major, she developed the analytical skills necessary for success in her various internships. By applying EQ to data models, decision-making and to people-driven initiatives, she believes we can solve complex problems with simple solutions.

“#BlackEmployeesMatter: Workplace Impacts of Large Scale Diversity Related Societal Events”

Angelica Leigh (PhD ’20), Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

Dr. Angelica Leigh

Dr. Angelica Leigh’s research sits at the intersection of diversity and emotions. In her first stream of research she takes a dynamic approach to studying diversity and in doing so, she explores the often overlooked experiences and identities that may alter the effects of diversity in organizations. Specifically, her work examines the spillover effects of “mega-threats” – large scale diversity related societal events – on organizations and the people within them. In her second stream of research she examines the important influence that emotions, such as grief, have on organizational outcomes.

Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Review and she won 2nd place in the 2019 INFORMS/Organization Science dissertation proposal competition. She is also the recipient of the 2020 Kenan-Flagler Business School Outstanding Graduating Ph.D. Student Award, the M. Wayne DeLozier UNC Ph.D. Student Fellowship Award, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s Outstanding Student Researcher Award, and an Outstanding Reviewer Award from the GDO AOM division. Dr. Leigh is also the former president of the KPMG PhD Project Management Doctoral Student Association.

Before joining academia, Dr. Leigh worked at General Electric Healthcare as a Financial Management Program member and a Global Product Finance Manager for the MI/CT business. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Moderated by:

Kim Allen, Kenan Scholars Program Director

Dr. Kim Allen

Kim heads up the institute’s signature scholarship program, which provides a world-class, transformative scholarship experience for undergraduate and graduate students of Kenan-Flagler Business School. She comes to the institute from UNC’s Carolina Center for Public Service.

Kim has more than 20 years of leadership experience in education, community engagement and nonprofit management in organizations such as UNC-Chapel Hill, the NAACP and the Martin Luther King, Jr. History & Public Policy Center, where she served as executive director.

She holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

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