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Simon is dedicated to supporting thestudent experience through inclusive education. Diversity Conference gives US underrepresented minority MBA candidates a chance to learn more about the opportunities available at the school, as well as meet with students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

Diversity Conference is an ideal opportunity to showcase how Simon is leading the way in reflecting the diversity of today’s business world and to learn more about our powerful partnerships with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an organization Simon has partnered with for 49 years.

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Ranked the No. 8 
most diverseMBA program by U.S. News & World Report (November 2015).

Highlights and Agenda

Diversity Leadership Panel – Ask questions of several distinguished business professionals who are eager to share their advice as you embark on your business school journey.

Keynote Presentation – Dinner on Friday night will be highlighted by a keynote presentation from Alyssa Whitfield, founder and executive director of Dress for Success Rochester.

Simon Social Programming – Shine up your dancing shoes and attend our annual Fall Ball! 

Experience Simon Weekend Programming – Take a sample MBA class, conduct your admissions interview, network with faculty, students, and alumni, and much more.

A portion of the Simon Diversity Conference is supported by the Kalmbach Endowment.


Keynote Speaker

Alyssa Whitfield - 300 x 400Alyssa Whitfield

Founder and executive director,
Dress for Success Rochester

After 15 years of working and volunteering at many non-profit agencies in Rochester, Alyssa Whitfield found a way to combine her passion for building relationships, mentoring professionals, and fashion by opening Dress for Success Rochester, a non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing career development tools, a network of support, and professional attire to help them thrive in the workplace. The organization’s purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success Rochester is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures.


  • Deborah Brundage - 300 x 400

    Deborah Brundage
    Full-Time MBA, Class of 2001

    Associate brand director,
    NA Always Discreet,
    Procter & Gamble

  • Michael Burkeen - 300 x 400

    Michael Burkeen
    Full-Time MBA, Class of 1998

    Senior manager,
    marketing learning & development,

  • Jose Chan - 300 x 400

    José Chan
    Full-Time MBA, Class of 2003

    Vice president of business development,

  • Emerson Fullwood - 300 x 400

    Emerson Fullwood

    Retired corporate vice president,
    Xerox Corporation;
    University of Rochester Board of Trustees

  • Peter Jones - 300 x 400

    Peter Jones
    Full-Time MBA, Class of 1982

    Chief executive officer,
    Mind Safety Management, LLC
    Agent at New York Life


Partial Travel Stipend

Whether by car, bus, plane, or train, if you’re traveling from outside a 250-mile radius of Rochester, NY, to join us for Diversity Conference, we’ve got you covered. Partial travel stipends are available, and we’ll also cover the cost of hotel accommodations.

Contact us at in advance of your target visit date to request a travel stipend. For more information, please visit our Event Travel Stipend page.

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