Recently, SunTrust’s Jerome Lienhard sat down with Dean Erika James for a fireside chat on the topic of risk. Lienhard is the chief risk officer at SunTrust Banks and is responsible for the company’s risk discipline.
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Leaders from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and The Delta Air Lines Foundation opened the Delta Leadership Hub – a state-of-the art classroom and event space on Oct. 10.
The space redesign came as part of a $3.5 million gift from The Delta Air Lines Foundation that also endowed Goizueta’s leadership program, a premiere three-pronged leadership development program focused on academic, experiential and reflecting learning for Delta Leadership Coaching Fellows. Through this program, second-year MBA students are able to practice and improve their leadership, team-building and feedback skills, vital to the workplace. They are also able to engage with and mentor first-year MBA students as a part of this initiative.
“The Delta Leadership Hub will be the focal point of our leadership initiatives and numerous other events,” said Erika James, the John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School. “It’s more than a new style, it’s an infusion of technology our faculty, students and any number of guests will enjoy for years to come.”
Boasting a dramatic entrance with a glass storefront and the Delta Leadership Hub logo, the classroom features the ability for instructors and students to connect their devices wirelessly using Mersive Solstice technology. The foyer area includes entrance halls or, “jetways,” designed with clean lines and multiple display monitors.
“We are proud to open this premiere space for leadership learning with Goizueta,” said Tad Hutcheson, Senior Vice President of The Delta Air Lines Foundation. “Giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve is core to Delta, starting with our hometown of Atlanta.”
In an effort to strengthen its commitment to increasing diversity across all MBA programs, the Goizueta Business School has created The Scholarship of Excellence.
The endowed scholarship will provide needed resources to help recruit a diverse MBA class.
“The competition to recruit diverse and qualified students increases each year,” Dean Erika James said. “The most talented candidates have the opportunity to select from almost any MBA program in the country. Having adequate scholarship resources and demonstrating the school’s full dedication to this population with an endowed scholarship will support our mission to enroll the most talented MBA class.”
In 2002, the school joined The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management as a way to align Goizueta with the organization that increases opportunities for diverse students to attend business school. Goizueta has awarded more than $14 million to Consortium members.
“As a school, we are committed to making an education from a top-ranked program a reality for all students, and we want diverse perspectives represented,” said Kore Breault, director of development and an active participant in the scholarship’s creation.
The initial goal is to raise $500,000 in gifts and commitments by Dec. 31, 2018.
One of Goizueta’s longtime supporters, Herbert Allen, values inclusion, diversity and academic excellence. Because of this, Allen made a lead gift to support the scholarship.
“The creation of The Scholarship of Excellence demonstrates Goizueta’s continuing commitment to increase diverse and qualified candidates for our MBA programs,” said Earl Hill, senior lecturer in organization & management and Goizueta’s representative on The Consortium Board of Trustees. “It provides an opportunity for our alums, particularly past recipients of scholarships, to step up and contribute to Goizueta’s dedication to having adequate scholarship resources.”
Erika James, John H. Harland Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, delivered her annual Town Hall address Wednesday afternoon to a capacity crowd of faculty, staff and students. James, who is entering her fourth academic year leading the school, took the opportunity to detail success stories from the past calendar year and inspire action as the school nears its centennial celebration.
James began by detailing the historical foundation of the business school one of the oldest in the nation. As customary, she then detailed the inspired leadership and inspiration the school gains from its namesake — Roberto C. Goizueta.
James unveiled a set of guiding principles in her first Town Hall in September 2014. Those principles fit within the school’s new strategic framework and, according to James, codify what it means to be a part of a business school with such a powerful legacy and history of success.
- Garner influence with multiple stakeholders
- Foster collaborative engagements
- Acquire valued resources
In the past year, Goizueta faculty members and/or research has been featured in major media publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
James also spoke of student influence, including a 96-percent placement rate for BBA students three-months post graduation and a 95-percent rate for MBA graduates.
The employment numbers remain among the best in the United States.
James detailed new, collaborative business partnerships and revealed that, in the past calendar year, giving from individuals, corporations and family foundations increased from just more than $3 million to close to $19 million.
For new students, faculty and staff in attendance, James reviewed the school’s strategic initiatives. Created in 2015, the focal areas cross between research, academic and market interest and serve as a guide for gathering resources and raising the influence of the school.
James concluded the presentation unveiling aspects of “Goizueta Beyond,” a campaign designed to showcase the power business plays in the world and how Goizueta Business School’s strategic strengths can impact the community.
“Goizueta Beyond is our charge to the world to restore business to its rightful role as a catalyst for positive and lasting change in society,” James said.
Dean Erika James has been selected as the ‘Most Admired CEO’ for the education category by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Dean James will be honored during an awards ceremony on August 24.