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Inclusive Leader Series: A Conversation with Theresita Richard of Capital One

The Inclusive Leader Series hosts conversations with Chief Diversity executives from some of the nation’s largest and most respected Fortune 500 organizations. Our featured guest is Theresita Richard, vice president of diversity, inclusion, and belonging strategy and equity at Capital One. Currently, Theresita leads Capital One’s Racial Equity Initiative, which seeks to advance racial equity, justice and inclusion for Black and Latinx associates and communities. With over 20 years of experience, she is committed to unlocking potential to be bold, think big, and inspire innovation. Driving the conversation alongside Theresita is our host, Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity at Virginia Tech.

The Future of Energy

The future of energy is changing—and fast. As the global demand grows, consumer behaviors change, and technological innovations are made, the energy sector faces a quickly evolving landscape, and with it, new opportunities and challenges. In this exclusive Aluminate event, we heard from this distinguished panel of Hokies about key issues facing the future of the energy sector such as: Is 100% renewable energy possible? What would that mean for the oil and gas industry? What role do U.S. power systems play in fighting the effects of climate change? What has the global pandemic taught us about the future of energy? And how are leading private and public sector partners addressing the issues? 

Inclusive Leader Series: A Conversation with Ayo Odusote of Deloitte Consulting

The Inclusive Leader Series hosts conversations with Chief Diversity executives from some of the nation’s largest and most respected Fortune 500 organizations. Our featured guest is Ayo Odusote, Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Deloitte Consulting. Currently, Ayo’s role keeps him busy working to create a consistent experience for all employees, ensuring that they are comfortable being their authentic selves at work. Ayo is also the Dean of the Deloitte Consulting Immersion Program, which offers leadership development for underrepresented minorities. Driving the conversation alongside Ayo is our host, Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity at Virginia Tech.

Small Business Survival: Stories + Strategies

From starting, to scaling, to selling and exiting a small business, what can entrepreneurs do in the midst of a global pandemic and an election year to survive no matter where they are in the life cycle of their startup? An outstanding lineup of four Hokie alums who are living every aspect of this small business reality themselves shared what they have learned. Brett Malone, a seasoned entrepreneur and President and CEO of Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center, moderated and provided exciting updates on the CRC.

Predictive Analytics Meets Pandemic

The global pandemic has turned data analytics, epidemiology, and community health into household topics, and Hokies are playing a critical role in each. In this live web event, we brought together experts who are working at the intersection of these critical fields and the global pandemic. 

Launching Technology in Turbulent Times

Now, more than ever, we need breakthrough discoveries from university research to make their way to commercial application. Yet so many nascent technologies struggle to make it out of a lab and into industry. Tune in as we take a peek inside the world of technology commercialization with entrepreneur, business-owner, and patent attorney Mark Mondry, who also serves as Virginia Tech’s Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Associate Director for LAUNCH.