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Opportunities to Increase Diversity and Inclusion During Crises

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Once again, the issue of diversity has become a hot topic in our country.  Our next guest says that recent concerns over police actions and the challenges of the pandemic are bringing opportunities for organizations to make lasting and positive changes.

Mike Switzer interviews Dr. Deborah Hazzard, the associate dean of diversity and inclusion and a clinical assistant professor of management at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC in Columbia, SC.  This is Part 10 in our weekly series entitled “Managerial Insights-Supporting Businesses During an Uncertain Time” as part of a partnership with the Moore School’s Executive Education department, which will be followed up with a live Zoom conference on this topic this coming Monday, June 29th at 3pm.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.