3The Leveraging Difference Capability

By Martin N. Davidson & Heather R. Wishik

Even as I was excited to take on my new position as chief diversity officer at Darden, one unattractive project had fallen into my lap. The university administration had created an ambitious action plan to raise the diversity profile at the institution. This included a large-scale program to be held at the business school examining the impact of race and ethnicity on economics and business. It was a great idea, but one that required substantial resources. Part of my job was to generate those resources.

To that end, I welcomed to Darden Mark Settles, then managing director and director of executive recruiting at JPMorgan Chase. Darden and JPMorgan Chase were interested ...

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