Media advisory: UB conference to focus on inclusive leadership

2019 CLOE Conference Flyer.

Release Date: May 6, 2019 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y.—Leaders from the business, nonprofit and academic worlds will come together for a conference hosted by the University at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE).


  • Ted Childs, workplace diversity expert and retired IBM vice president
  • Geoffrey Leonardelli, associate professor of organizational behavior and human resource management in the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management
  • Barb Stegemann, author and founder of The 7 Virtues Peace Perfumes, a company that sources organic, fair trade essential oils from countries experiencing turmoil

Other presentations will feature top-level industry experts and UB School of Management faculty 

The event is sponsored KeyBank, the UB School of Management Alumni Association, The Martin Group and the UB Center for Diversity Innovation.

What: The “Lead Together” conference will focus on building inclusiveness across businesses and organizations in today’s world. The event builds upon the success of previous CLOE conferences, which have offered opportunities to learn about the power of people-oriented leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship, emerging research and how to put that research into practice, and new ways to build collaborations and relationships.

Why: According to Paul Tesluk, dean of the UB School of Management, “Visionary leaders appeal to the ideals we aspire to accomplish together. We need leaders who work to advance equity, improve diversity and build inclusive workplace cultures, and invite you to join us at this conference so we can work together to build a better, more inclusive world.”

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 10 (detailed schedule below).

Where: UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main St., Buffalo

Media/Photo Opportunities:

  • 9:15 a.m. - Keynote presentation: Ted Childs, The Link Between Diversity and Global Competitiveness
  • 1 p.m. - Media interview/photo/video availability for Childs, Stegemann
    Keynote presentation: Geoffrey Leonardelli, Becoming a Better “Us”: Inclusiveness in the Age of Tribalism
  • 3 p.m. - Keynote presentation: Barb Stegemann, Doing Well by Doing Good

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school also has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report for the quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides its graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit

Media Contact Information

Kevin Manne
Associate Director of Communications
School of Management