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Notes for media: This event is free and open to the public, but guests must RSVP. Questions may be submitted through the registration form for consideration for the program. There will also be a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Please RSVP online to attend in person or via livestream (and please indicate media outlet): https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02pw7D0XTxeZwqO 

A discussion on how to fight racial and economic disparities in the business world and build diverse leaders for the future is the topic of a free, public talk starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Duke University.

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John Rice, founder and CEO, Management for Tomorrow

John Rice, founder and CEO of national nonprofit Management Leadership for Tomorrow, helps transform the careers of people of color by teaching diverse students and professionals to tap into the social capital they need today so they can serve as strong leaders tomorrow.

Duke professor Deondra Rose, director of Duke Polis: Center for Politics, will join Rice for the spring 2022 Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture.

This event takes place in Fleishman Commons, Sanford Building, Duke University, and livestream via Zoom. Parking is available at the Bryan Center garage. The talk is free and open to the public, but guests must RSVP. Questions may be submitted through the registration form for consideration for the program. There will also be a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Please RSVP online to attend in person or via livestream (and please indicate media outlet): https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02pw7D0XTxeZwqO

WHY: This free talk is part of the Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture Series of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, endowed by a gift to Duke to highlight important conversations in public law. This event is organized in partnership with Duke Polis: Center for Politics and the Duke Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society. This special event is part of the 50 Years of Public Policy celebration at Duke University (2021-2022).

WHO: In 2002, after more than 15 years in the corporate sector at the NBA, The Walt Disney Company and AT&T, John Rice founded Management Leadership for Tomorrow to prepare diverse students and professionals for high trajectory jobs that provide economic mobility for them and their families and to help organizations take a rigorous approach to advancing racial equity.

Twenty years later, his organization has prepared over 9,000 men and women of color for high-trajectory post-college jobs and provided best-in-class recruitment, retention and diversity strategy offerings to more than 200 blue-chip partner companies. Rice also serves on the board of trustees at Yale University and is a director of Walker & Dunlop, a real estate finance company. He was named one of Forbes’ Top 30 social entrepreneurs in the world.

Deondra Rose is an associate professor of public policy, political science and history. She is also the director of Polis: Center for Politics and Co-director of the North Carolina Scholars Strategy Network. Her research focuses on the feedback effects of landmark social policies on the American political landscape. In addition to U.S. public/social policy, Rose's research and teaching interests include higher education policy, American political development, political behavior, identity politics and inequality.

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