Inclusive companies are 1.7 times more innovative and 120% more likely to hit financial goals. (Source)
“I would find it boring to work with a bunch of carbon copies of myself. It’s fairly easy for someone like me to get a seat at the table. It’s incumbent upon people [at PwC] to hire people who might not have had the same advantages.”
Josh Sanders, B.B.A., accounting, 2013; Master of Professional Accountancy, 2014; manager, capital markets and accounting advisory services group, PwC
Master’s international students represent 72 countries, and domestic students hail from 23 states and the District of Columbia.
Undergraduate international students represent 111 countries, and domestic students hail from 37 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Robinson is like a family.
But we make an impact across the world.
We don’t strive for or hype diversity because it’s trendy. And we don’t admit students just to check off a box or meet a demographic quota. Enrollment is only the beginning of our partnership with students. Throughout their entire academic journey, we provide support, courses, and experiences that empower students to realize their full potential.
Take the Eric J. Joiner Achievement Academy, a three-year program that accelerates undergraduates’ careers with internships, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities. Or WomenLead, a university-wide initiative that emboldens females to harness their strengths and advocate for themselves. Or the Panthers Accelerated Career Experience, an undergraduate course in which students act as consultants to a company looking to solve a problem. Then there are our Panthers Immersion Programs: six-month professional development experiences culminating in four-day trips to New York City, Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley, uniquely positioning participants to strengthen their networks and compete for jobs.
Mariana Milan’s mother and father immigrated to the United States from Colombia and Mexico, respectively, and did everything they could to support their daughter’s academic journey. Her mother is a house cleaner and her father, a painting foreman. They provided as much financial support as possible. But since Milan’s parents didn’t attend college, she had to figure out processes like applications and financial aid by herself.
African markets bring more than natural resources to the table, despite stereotypical images of oil, diamonds and gold. A lot of interesting work is going on there, in sectors including consumer goods, education, financial services and healthcare. Take Abdou Akkari, director of corporate finance at Tunisie Valeurs. He helped a Dubai-based private equity firm build and integrate North Africa’s largest private hospital platform. Akkari, a 2005 graduate of Robinson’s Master of International Business program, considers that his biggest professional accomplishment to date.
Talking about himself is against Soon-Ho Kim’s nature. But we couldn’t help but highlight him for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Kim, a clinical associate professor in Robinson’s Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration, grew up in South Korea, where promoting one’s personal achievements is considered rude. He would much rather discuss his students—because in his book, their achievements are the best indicator of his success.
As our elders age, we are at risk of losing our history. If we don’t ask loved ones about their past, those stories die with them—that knowledge is forever gone. Terri Amelio, a finance officer at the Robinson College of Business, has been diligent about recording her 92-year-old father Gerald Duke’s narrative. Though Duke has Alzheimer’s disease and possesses cloudy memories of his service in World War II, Amelio has preserved his story.
While Rejess Marshall was finishing her MBA at Robinson in spring 2019, the Supreme Court had not yet ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender employees. As part of her Legal and Ethical Environment of Human Resource Management course, Marshall wrote a paper on Supreme Court case R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The plaintiff, Aimee Stephens, was fired shortly after notifying her employer of plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Though the Supreme Court ultimately ruled in Stephens’ favor, Marshall conducted her research before the verdict had been reached. As part of the project, she reviewed previous EEOC cases in order to predict the outcome.
Less than two percent of hotel owners are Black, and less than one percent of them are Black women. Georgia State University alumna Davonne Reaves is part of that one percent. Reaves and fellow Georgia State alumna Jessica Myers co-founded Epiq Collective, a real estate investment fund, in 2019. The women have purchased more than $14 million in commercial real estate assets and recently procured Home2 Suites by Hilton El Reno, a hotel located just outside Oklahoma City. But there’s more to the Epiq Collective business model than driving real estate acquisitions. The other piece is helping more people of color become hotel owners and investors.