Creating Inclusive Communities

Bridging Cultural Gaps

October 28, 2022

Student Union 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Welcome to the “Bridging Cultural Gaps” Diversity Summit

The 2022 Diversity Summit, sponsored by the Haslam College of Business and its Office of Diversity and Community Relations, is open to all Haslam administrators, faculty, staff and students. The goal is to begin open, honest and considerate conversations about cultural differences and how our individual and collective actions can bridge cultural gaps.

The summit will include a faculty session on how to build inclusive teaching strategies; a staff session on working effectively across cultures; a student session on managing cultural differences and having a dialogue across cultures; and a corporate discussion panel on the relationship between corporate culture and cultural awareness; and Ken Bouyer, EY Americas’ director of inclusiveness recruiting, will provide a keynote address over luncheon.

The summit is free to attend, so please join us as we take the next steps toward furthering our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Seating is limited to 350 participants, so please register today to ensure yourself a spot. (Once seating is filled, overflow attendance will be possible through Zoom, and registration to do so will be provided.)

In addition, we would like to announce that the first 75 faculty or staff members to register will receive a copy of Keynote Speaker Ken Bouyer’s newly published book, “Navigating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Professional Settings: Cases and Professionals’ Perspectives for Self-Development of Group Study.” 

Keynote Speaker

Ken Bouyer EY

Ken Bouyer
Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, EY Americas

As EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, Ken Bouyer develops and implements recruiting strategies to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for EY Americas member firms. He frequently serves as a spokesperson on diversity and recruiting trends. Previously, Bouyer was a director in the U.S. firm’s consulting services practice, supporting various global internal audit clients.

He serves on several boards and councils of academic and professional organizations, among them the board of trustees of Manhattan College, North Carolina A&T’s dean’s advisory council, the corporate advisory board member of the National Association of Black Accountants and Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) and the corporate advisory board of Ascend, the largest, nonprofit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America. He is the past chair and a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ national commission on diversity & inclusion, was a board member and international president of Beta Alpha Psi and chair of the American Accounting Association’ accounting committee and served on the board of directors for the Federation for the Schools of Accountancy (FSA).

Boyers has won numerous awards, including FSA’s “Practitioner Service Award,” the NABA’s Presidential Award, the Harlem YMCA’s Black Achievers in Industry award, the Michigan Society of CPA’s Diversity and Inclusion leadership award, the New Jersey State Society D&I Leadership award and ALPFA’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Manhattan College and is a Certified Internal Auditor and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Time and LocationDetails
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Pilot Ballroom
Opening Remarks
Dean Steve Mangum
Director Clarence Vaughn
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Transition to Breakout Sessions
10:30 – noonBreakout Discussions
Faculty – How to Build Inclusive Teaching Strategies
Facilitated by Dorian McCoy, CEHHS Director of DEI
Staff – Working Effectively Across Cultures
Facilitated by Jennifer Gamble, Professional Coach
10:30 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.Students – Creating Inclusive Communities: Bridging Cultural Gaps
Facilitated by Brooke Borders, Ashleigh Ivy, Sidney Marshall, Madison Payne, Multicultural Student Life Diversity Educators
11:15 a.m. – noonStudents – Business Panel Discussion: Relationship Between Corporate Culture and Cultural Awareness
Panel Discussion – Corporate representatives will share about their corporate culture along with ways that prospective employees can differentiate themselves from others (Bush Company, BOA, CAT Financial, and Realty Executives)
Noon – 1:30 p.m.Luncheon Begins
Remarks and Comments about Breakout Sessions
Recognition of 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Associate Dean Behn
Keynote Address: Ken Bouyer EY Americas’ director of inclusiveness recruiting
Closing Remarks

Session Information

Facilitated by Dorian McCoy, CEHHS Director of DEI

This session will enhance the cultural competency and knowledge of Haslam faculty, staff and administrators, assisting in creating an inclusive climate for all. The goals of this workshop are to enhance participants’ awareness and knowledge of cultural competency and humility and understanding of oppressive systems as well as to identify strategies for creating a culture of inclusion.


Facilitated by Jennifer Gamble, professional coach

This session will provide staff members with an opportunity to enhance their self-awareness, build cultural competency, establish stronger relationships with fellow staff members and leave with tools, such as enhancing listening and leadership skills, to work more effectively across cultures.

Facilitated by Brooke Borders, Ashleigh Ivy, Sidney Marshall, Madison Payne, Multicultural Student Life diversity educators

With increasing diversity of cultures, generations, thoughts and mindsets in the workplace, creating inclusive communities where everyone feels like they belong can be challenging. Today’s leaders must be resilient in building intercultural teams by establishing trusting relationships, creating a welcoming environment and intentionally including others. Cultivating a sense of belonging starts with exploring our own cultural identities and orientations to better understand how we show up at school and work and how that might influence intercultural interactions. It also requires leaders to effectively see others’ perspectives and approach interactions with curiosity and empathy.

This session will provide students with an opportunity to enhance their self-awareness, build cultural competency, establish stronger relationships with other students and leave with tools to work more effectively across cultures.

Moderated by Neeraj Bhardwaj, Haslam Professor of Marketing

Panel Discussion – Corporate representatives (from Bush Company, Realty Executives, Bank of America and Caterpillar Financial) will discuss their corporate cultures along with ways that prospective employees can differentiate themselves from others.


Opening & Closing Remarks

Steve Mangum

Steve Mangum

Dean of the Haslam College of Business & the Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair

Clarence Vaughn

Clarence L. Vaughn III, MBA

Director, Office of Diversity & Community Relations

How to Build Inclusive Teaching Strategies

Dorian McCoy

Dorian McCoy, CEHHS Director of DEI

Dorian L. McCoy is director of diversity, equity and inclusion for UT’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. He is an associate professor of higher education and serves as associate department head in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. McCoy also co-directs UT’s Project GRAD Knoxville Summer Institute.

Working Effectively Across Cultures

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Jennifer Gamble, Professional Coach

As an executive coach and leadership consultant, Jennifer C. Gamble has more than 20 years of experience coaching leaders in the U.S. and abroad. She began her career at UT, helping launch the first Center for Leadership Development in 2001. She went on to head leadership programs at UNC Charlotte, returning to UT in 2004 to serve as director of student orientation and leadership development. Currently, Gamble is CEO for an executive coaching and leadership consulting business. She holds a master’s in education and a bachelor’s of science in finance, both from UT.

Creating Inclusive Communities: Bridging Cultural Gaps

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Brooke Borders

Brooke Borders is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology. She is also pursuing a minor in animal science through the Herbert College of Agriculture. Her areas of interest are environmental conservation, animal welfare and diversity inclusion. She is graduating in December 2022 and hopes to attend a veterinary college in 2023.

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Ashleigh Ivy

Ashleigh Ivy is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in psychology with sociology and child and family studies minors. She plans to enter the mental health field to work with veterans and their families. Ivy is applying to graduate schools to achieve her doctorate in clinical psychology.

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Sidney Marshall

Sidney Marshall, a graduate research assistant in the Office of Multicultural Student Life, is in her second year of the public policy and administration program. Originally from Manchester, Jamaica, Marshall earned her undergraduate degree from Clemson University, where she was a track and field athlete. Her areas of interest include international student integration into higher education, social justice and representation along with student-athlete holistic development. After graduation, she wishes to continue her career in higher education, specifically working with underrepresented populations.

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Madison Payne

Madison Payne is a senior in the College of Communication and Information majoring in communication studies. She is interested in social media marketing and is pursuing a minor in advertising and public relations.

Relationship Between Corporate Culture and Cultural Awareness

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Justin Bailey, CEO, Realty Executives

Justin Bailey is the CEO and principal broker of Realty Executives Associates, East Tennessee’s largest real estate brokerage. He manages the firm’s internal and external responsibilities while also crafting its brand identity in the marketplace. As principal broker, Bailey oversees training and development of the firm’s agents and helps them find purpose in their work.

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Neeraj Bharadwaj, Professor and Charlie and Carolyn Newcomer Faculty Research Fellow

Bharadwaj’s scholarly pursuits strive to combine academic rigor with practical relevance, often exploring the interface between marketing and other disciplines. His articles are published in such journals as Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Retailing and Journal of Product Innovation Management, and he has written several Harvard Business School Publishing case studies that bring his academic research into the classroom.

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Ashley Bond, Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

Ashley brings more than 20 years of experience at Caterpillar Financial to this newly created role, with an understanding of the people and the culture of the organization, as well as a passion for diversity and inclusion. In her daily work, she aspires to share the benefits of a diverse and inclusive culture with as many people as she can, working with her process partners to ensure a fair and equitable employee experience.

Lina Korn Meyer BOA

Lina Kornmeyer-Evans, Market Executive, Bank of America, Inc.

As the Knoxville market executive for Bank of America Knoxville, Lina Kornmeyer Evans is committed, dynamic and passionate about the work she does. Juggling several different roles, Kornmeyer Evans is responsible for strategic planning, coordinating and applying the bank’s local philanthropic contributions, managing events and sponsorships, driving engagement of local associates and facilitating relationships with community leaders and key influencers. Her priority is to connect clients, colleagues and the community with the right resources to succeed.

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Robert Loggins, Human Resource Manager, Bush Brothers & Company

Robert Loggins, Bush Brothers & Company’s human resources manager of corporate recruiting and organizational development,. started with the company in 2012 as an associate brand manager. Loggins combines his background in sales, marketing and innovation with Bush’s talent and learning development to drive employee engagement and business results. He focuses on hiring and developing the best talent in both technical and leadership skills.


Register Today and join us in for a day of lively learning experiences and honest dialogue that will allow each of us to gain a better understanding and appreciation for Haslam’s growing cultural diversity.

Remember, seating is limited, so register soon to ensure you can attend in person!

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For questions or comments, contact:

Clarence L. Vaughn III, MBA
Director, Office of Diversity & Community Relations