Harvard Business School has hired its first diversity officer: Terrill Drake. HBS photo

Harvard Business School has hired Terrill L. Drake as the school’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer effective September 1, 2021. In this inaugural position, Drake will play a leadership role in developing and executing a strategy for nurturing and achieving an inclusive culture of excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the HBS community, as well as with alumni and other members of HBS and beyond.

Drake, who earned his MBA from the University of Maryland, is currently the Assistant Dean, Strategic Initiatives, and Head Diversity Officer at the Villanova School of Business. His previous roles included serving as executive director for diversity initiatives at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He was recently elected to the Diversity & Inclusion Affinity Group Steering Committee for AACSB and serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina from Greensboro Bryan School of Business and Economics.

As CDIO, Drake will build on the work of the school’s Racial Equality Action Plan, along with efforts to achieve equality in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status and age. Drake is tasked with improving and maintaining an inclusive and equitable campus climate that engages students, faculty, staff and the wider community. His office will both direct and support work at the school, including strategic planning, programming, training, curriculum development, and recruiting and hiring.

“Harvard Business School strives to be a place where everyone can do their best,” said HBS Dean Srikant Datar. “Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are critical to achieving this goal. We are fortunate that Terrill, with his extensive experience and expertise, comes to us to accompany our community in this important work. “

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Remote work overtakes the top cities in the highest paying jobs

For the first time, the city with the best paying jobs isn’t a city, it’s remote work. Ladders, Inc. analyzes data from 50,000 North American employers every week. “The latest data shows that your city is now in a state of mind with six-figure jobs,” said Marc Cenedella, CEO of Ladders.

Ladders data showed that there are more than 80,000 remote jobs in North America that are currently paying at least $ 100,000. Runner-up, San Francisco has approximately 69,000 six-digit job openings. That’s about 11,500 fewer high-paying jobs than remotely. New York with around 65,000 high-paying jobs, Boston with around 41,000 and Washington DC with around 37,000 round out the top 5. “For years these cities have provided some of the six-figure jobs,” said Cenedella. “It will be interesting to see how the increase in teleworking and relocations from urban centers to more suburban and rural communities will disrupt this over the next few years.”

Georgetown McDonough Announces Pivot Pitch Winners

The third annual pitch competition of the pivot program at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business took place virtually on Friday, June 25th. The event is the culmination of the business and entrepreneurship program and offers Pivot Fellows the opportunity to judge their business ideas in front of a jury. This year, six unique business pitches were presented and a total of US $ 10,000 in prize money was awarded to the fellows.


  • 2021 Pivot Pitch Contest Winners: LaTasha Moore & Victoria Hunt – $ 3,000

  • First runner-up: Pascal Laporte – $ 2,500

  • Runner-up runner-up: Kaamilya Finley – $ 1,500

  • Honorable Mentions: Charles Hopkins, Ernest Bokyin III, and Tai’Anthony Carter – $ 1,000

  • Pivot Partner of the Year: LINK Strategic Partners

Moore and Hunt won for Next Endeavor Diversity Staffing, a company focused on job diversification, particularly when it comes to employing returning citizens. This business model would work with companies looking to employ returning citizens and connect them with returning citizens in the Next Endeavor Diversity Staffing employer base.

The Deloitte Foundation supports scholarships for various Ohio State University students

The Deloitte Foundation, in partnership with Ohio State University, has established an on-demand scholarship fund to support various students pursuing careers in the professional services sector at the university’s Max M. Fisher College of Business. A total of $ 180,000, raised through donations from Deloitte Ohio State graduate experts and matching gifts from the Deloitte Foundation, will go to study support for Master of Accounting (MAcc) students as well as programmatic support for the THRIVE des Deploy colleges.

“It is essential to leverage the power of these students to build more inclusive talent pipelines and advance both business and society,” said Cynthia Turner, assistant dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at Fisher. “As the first Black woman to graduate from Ohio State University with a PhD in accounting, I saw firsthand how holistic education can empower and motivate students to do well in accounting. I am proud of our success to date and thankful for the support of our students from the Deloitte Foundation.

The THRIVE project (Overcoming Fear; Harvesting the Power of Knowledge; Raising the Standard; Investing Time Wisely; Appreciating Others; Embracing Excellence) was launched by Turner in 2016 to provide various students with access to Fisher’s accounting curriculum and training in accounting and management information systems to enable experience.


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