Societal Impact

The Seidman series - Societal impact. Webinars that highlight ideas and efforts addressing one or more of the United nations Sustainability Goals, while also contributing new content to the effort to inform, feature, and motivate positive action.

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Changing Our Lives: The City and Steelcase on How We Meet Climate Change Challenges

In this webinar, two of West Michigan’s most visible and influential leaders on climate change initiatives talked about the challenges and opportunities they face in bringing about systemic, institutional, behavioral and policy changes that will substantively impact all of our lives. They discussed questions such as what strategies are working? What might be required of citizens, businesses, customers and employees as both the public and private sectors change how they govern and how they do business? Do we have reason to be optimistic about our future in this region?

- Alison Sutter, Sustainability and Performance Management Officer, City of Grand Rapids
- Mary Ellen Mika, Director of Sustainability, Steelcase Inc. 
Moderator: Michael DeWilde, Director, Koeze Business Ethics Initiative

This webinar originally aired Friday, April 15, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

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Gender Equity in the Workplace

A panel of experts from Deloitte and the Seidman College of Business discussed research and findings regarding the status of gender equity as it relates to pay equity for women, representation in senior leadership levels, and sexual harassment. Additionally, the panel discussed system level policies, standards, and practices that organizations and companies can adopt to advance gender equity at work.

- Jenn Baellow, Senior Manager with the U.S. National Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, Deloitte
- Deirdre O'Connell, Management Consultant with the Customer Strategy & Applied Design practice, Deloitte
- Dr. Benjamin Walsh, Associate Professor, Seidman College of Business
Moderator: Shorouq Almallah, Director, Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) at the Seidman College of Business

This webinar originally aired Friday, December 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST.


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