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Leading Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Work and in Society





The year 2020 has brought issues of equity and race to the forefront of society. What are the implications of this focus on equity and race for our organizations and communities? What role do organizations have in changing the society around them, and how can leaders engage proactively, responsively, and ethically in the work of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice? Changing the culture of an organization and its related impact on society is challenging in the best of circumstances; today, it can seem impossible. Yet, it is more necessary and urgent than ever to address these issues thoughtfully and with effective practices that can produce real change.

Darden professors Martin Davidson and Laura Morgan Roberts bring you the latest scholarship and best practices on diversity, equity, inclusion, and organizational transformation. Learn how to identify and counteract inequity through everyday actions and how to promote the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion at work and in society.


Martin N. Davidson

Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration; Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer at the Darden School of Business

Martin N. Davidson is the Johnson & Higgins Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He currently serves as senior associate dean and global chief diversity officer for the School. His thought leadership has changed how many executives approach inclusion and diversity in their organizations. He teaches, conducts research, and consults with global leaders to help them use diversity strategically to drive high performance. His research on the impact of culture and ethnicity on career development and on conflict management appears in top academic and practitioner publications including Administrative Science Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Research on Negotiation in Organizations, Journal of Personality, Review of Educational Research, and International Journal of Conflict Management. He has also conducted research on four continents identifying the critical competencies for managing effectively across national boundaries. Executive summaries of Davidson’s academic journal articles and book chapter contributions may be viewed on his website.

His book, The End of Diversity as We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed, introduces a research-driven roadmap to help leaders more effectively create and capitalize on diversity in organizations.

In addition to teaching leadership in Darden’s MBA and Executive Education programs, Davidson consults with leaders of a host of Fortune 500 firms, government agencies, and social profit organizations, including AT&T, Bank of America, P&G, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Navy Seals. He was elected the national chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Davidson has been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York TimesBloomberg BusinessWeek, The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He has been a member of the Darden faculty since 1998. Previously, he was a member of the faculty of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. For more information on Martin N. Davidson, his current and developing work and to view his weekly blog, “In My Opinion,” visit

Laura Morgan Roberts

Professor of Practice, Darden School of Business

Laura Morgan Roberts is a professor of practice at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Laura’s research and consulting focus on the science of maximizing human potential in diverse organizations and communities. She has published over fifty research articles, teaching cases, and practitioner-oriented tools for strategically activating best selves through strength-based development. She has also edited three books: Race, Work and Leadership; Positive Organizing in a Global Society; and Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations. Her influential publications on diversity, authenticity, and leadership development have been featured in Harvard Business Review and several other global media outlets.

Laura earned a BA in psychology (highest distinction & Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia and an MA and PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She has also taught courses in organizational behavior, psychology, negotiations, group dynamics, diversity, leadership and career development as a faculty affiliate of the University of Michigan, the Wharton School of Finance, Tuck, Georgia State University, UCLA Anderson, Simmons School of Management, and AVT (Copenhagen).

Resources List

Leading Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity at Work and in Society

Recommended resources from Laura Roberts:

Direct reference to my remarks for our session


How to achieve racial justice in the workplace | World Economic Forum

By measuring how free we feel in the workplace in 4 basic ways, we can make advances in our commitment to inclusion and equality.


Edited volume that features dozens of thought leaders – including Martin’s research!

Race, Work & Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience – Harvard Business Publishing 2019.


Race, Work & Leadership

“Race, Work, and Leadership reflects my story as an African American leader in both higher education and industry. Being ‘both visible and invisible,’ managing through ‘contested authority’ that threatens our legitimacy, and needing a strong sense of self and exceptional resilience is the reality for black leaders in America.


Harvard Business Review articles:

Darden resources:


Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion at Work TeachOut | Coursera

Offered by University of Virginia. The summer of 2020 has brought issues of equity and race to the forefront of society. How do we create tolerant and just climates at work? Changing the culture of an organization is challenging in the best of circumstances; today, it can seem impossible. Yet, it is more necessary and urgent than ever to address these issues thoughtfully and with effective …


Black Lives Matter and Business: A defining moment? Darden Ideas to Action. (July 2020).


Black Lives Matter and Business: A Defining Moment?

Carr’s applied research, which has examined entrepreneurial dynamics, social networks, venture capital and financial crises, has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media and numerous teaching materials.


Q&A: How Organizations Can Turn ‘Black Lives Matter’ Declarations Into Action – UVA Today

Morgan Roberts learned that one of her ancestors, Rosa Barber, worked as a cook on Grounds during the 19 th century. “I have a lot more questions than answers about [Rosa Barber] and her life and her connection to UVA, but to know that I am a descendant, an alumna, and now a professor, at this point in history, doing work on racial justice in our society and at our university – that is so …



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