Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Weatherhead | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Weatherhead

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The Weatherhead School of Management is committed to fostering and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment where all students, faculty, staff and alumni feel a sense of belonging, respect and value, and where all feel empowered to succeed academically, professionally and personally. As a community, we appreciate and celebrate diversity in all its forms, and encourage inclusive relationships and interactions among all community members.

Our school is committed to upholding management as a noble and inclusive profession. We develop leaders who strengthen and advance diverse, equitable and inclusive environments in their workplaces and communities.

We cultivate an intellectually and culturally diverse community that is welcoming to all students, faculty, and staff and serves as a source of pride and center of life-long engagement for alumni. We welcome a broad set of perspectives and ideas from different disciplines and schools of thought.

Our Goal

Provide an environment and culture where our faculty, staff, students and alumni work inclusively in teaching, research, service and outreach.

Our Objectives

  • Provide a supportive infrastructure to drive inclusive behavior and culture throughout the school.
  • Proactively adjust the student, faculty and staff composition to improve diversity.
  • Develop and support an interdisciplinary approach to management curriculum.

Weatherhead School Diversity Liaisons

Deborah Bibb; Executive Director, Enrollment, Career Development and Student Experience Weatherhead School of Management

Deborah Bibb

Executive Director, Enrollment, Career Development and Student Experience

Diana Bilimoria

Diana Bilimoria

KeyBank Professor, and Professor and Chair of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management

Weatherhead DEI Advisory Board


The mission of the Weatherhead DEI Advisory Board is to provide advice and serve as a resource to promote Weatherhead School’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


  • Identify and recommend opportunities to promote diversity, equity and inclusion and develop a welcoming and inclusive school culture.
  • Help integrate the achievement of diversity, equity and inclusion as guiding principles in every aspect of the school’s operations.
  • Recognize exemplary practices, programs and individuals that embody a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Identify opportunities that enhance education and professional development in valuing diversity and cultural competency.
  • Serve in an advisory capacity related to implementation and monitoring of progress towards key action steps outlined in the school’s strategic plan.

Weatherhead School Diversity Advisory Board

Philip Cola; Associate Professor, Design & Innovation; 
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Associate Professor, Design & Innovation

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Sharon Norris; Senior Program Manager Weatherhead School of Management

Sharon Norris

Senior Program Manager

David Clingingsmith; Associate Professor, Economics; 
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Associate Professor, Economics

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Ann Ghazy

Ann Ghazy

Administrator Manager, Schubert Center for Child Studies

Ashley Parham

Ashley Parham

Fourth-year undergraduate student, Case Western Reserve University

North Star Initiative

The Weatherhead School of Management invites scholars from our partnering Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to join our graduate and professional student community in its quest toward this North Star. Students who meet the qualifications and matriculate from one of our partner institutions will be considered for the North Star Award covering 50% tuition. There will not be a cap on the number of awards and all qualified applicants will be considered.


To learn more and to start an application, please visit these program pages:

For more information, please contact Brock Schroeder.

Weatherhead Inclusive Excellence Distinguished Speakers Series

Weatherhead School of Management DEI Distinguished Speaker Series invites internal and external thought leaders and practitioners representing both academia and industry to address the important topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of management. The desire is that we ignite productive conversations and action steps that foster inclusivity in all that we do.

Topics and Speakers

Myrtle Bell

“Black Lives Matter in Academia and What You Can Do About It” (Inaugural February 2021)

Dr. Myrtle P. Bell, Associate Dean for Diversity, Racial Equity and Inclusion and the Thomas McMahon Endowed Professor of Business Ethics, College of Business, University of Texas at Arlington

Sherry Neubert

“An Equal World, A Better World” (May 2021)

Shelly McNamara (MSODA, 1991), Chief Equality & Inclusion Officer, Procter & Gamble

Executive Education Programs

  • The Inclusive Leadership program discusses how inclusive leaders utilize emotional intelligence and knowledge of the value of diversity to leverage their employees’ overall effectiveness and contributions. Participants will develop the skills and competencies of inclusion needed to lead and manage global and diverse teams.
  • Leadership Institute for Women in STEM and Manufacturing provides female supervisors, managers and directors with powerful tools to propel their careers forward and move their organizations to the next level. Participants will learn from world-class professors and coaches, connect with their peers and develop leadership skills that create a lasting individual and organizational impact.
  • Women in Leadership Certificate provides women aspiring to leadership positions with the skills, concepts, and new perspectives that will help them achieve their career potential, make significant contributions to their organizations and maximize work-life balance.


Forte Rising Star

The Forte Foundation is committed to launching women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, professional development and a community of successful women. In support of undergraduate women at Case Western Reserve University, the Weatherhead School of Management is a member school of the FORTE Rising Stars Program. Student members gain access to leadership conferences and opportunities to network across the country. If you are interested in joining, please learn more here.

ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA)

In partnership with Reaching Out MBA, the biggest and most well known for supporting LGBT +MBA community, the Weatherhead School of Management is a participating school of the ROMBA Fellowship program.

About the Fellowship

Since its inception in 2015, the ROMBA Fellowship has grown to include 63 top business schools from around the world. This competitive scholarship is awarded to MBA students who have demonstrated strong academic skills as well as leadership in the LGBT+ community.

In addition to the financial support awarded by participating schools, ROMBA Fellows become part of a strong and diverse business network. Opportunities and benefits are designed to elevate Fellows to our corporate partners and connect them with other Fellows and our larger network of 15,000+ peers and alumni. These opportunities extend beyond their campus and allow them to develop as out LGBT+ and active ally leaders. Learn more at www.reachingoutmba.org/fellowship

National Black MBA Association

The Weatherhead School of Management has partnered with the National Black MBA Association, a 20,000 member organization across 40 professional chapters focused on increasing awareness and facilitating access to graduate and business education programs in professional fields, through the NBMBAA Collegiate Partnership Program. NBMBAA’s Collegiate Partnership Program is designed to establishing long-term holistic partnerships with institutions of higher education with a goal to ultimately increase placement rates of student members and the overall impact of NBMBAA in education and wealth creation. The partnership includes access to graduate business scholarships for full-time MBA students, case competitions, and the annual conference for career and internship placement, networking and professional development.

The PhD Project

The PhD Project was founded upon the premise that advancements in workplace diversity could be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. The PhD Project helps Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic American and Native Americans attain their PhD and become the business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders. The Weatherhead School of Management is proud to be a participating university. Please visit the organization’s website to learn more about the PhD Project.

Clubs and Affinity Groups

Women in Business (graduate)

Weatherhead Women in Business seek to inspire, connect and innovate. We are tirelessly aiming to increase awareness of gender issues in the workplace and to inspire our female student body to realize that there are many resources at their fingertips to help them achieve their goals. We are always looking to connect students to successful female professionals across all industries and fields who can share their experiences and advice in and out of the workplace. We are continuously innovating ways to create unique networking events and provide female students with job opportunities through our impressive alumni network.

Women in Economics Club (undergraduate)

Women in Economics is an organization that supports women as well as other underrepresented minority students in economics through community, mentorship, speakers, and collaboration with others. WE is interested in increasing representation of women and minorities in all levels of economics, from college majors to careers in economics.

Women in Finance (undergraduate)

Women in Finance aims to elevate and accelerate the growth and connection of women in finance careers. By hosting alumni and guest speakers, career workshops, and networking events, students will obtain a better understanding of career opportunities in finance and how to leverage their skill sets to achieve their goals.