Undergraduate Ambassadors Attend Georgetown Diversity Dialogue



“Just have fun, and don’t think about the money. Look at the idea and people,” stated former NBA MVP, Olympian, and successful entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal.

Shaquille O’Neal was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Georgetown Diversity Dialogue, a day-long conference highlighting the significance of diversity in business. He spoke at length about his educational journey, his admiration for advancing technology, and the role of luck in his success. Other events at the conference included panels on action plans for success and women in technology.

Though only recently founded, Mason Diversity Ambassadors was able to send four undergraduate students to Georgetown though an IDEA Grant from The W&M Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. 

Key insights included: the movement of diversity initiatives from “retention to attraction”; consideration of deeper level diversity (not simply gender or race); and using diversity to create shared value in a company. 

Having brought back many lessons, the Diversity Ambassadors hope to continue sending students to the conference in upcoming years. They look to use what they learned to raise awareness for and boost diversity initiatives in the Mason School of Business.