2022 Diversity Conference

Recognized as the #2 most diverse MBA program among top-50 business schools by U.S. News & World Report, Simon is dedicated to supporting the student experience through inclusive education. Our Diversity Conference is a special event that gives prospective MBA candidates a chance to learn more about the opportunities available at the school, as well as meet with students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

Registration for the 2023 Diversity Conference is now closed. Check back for updates in Summer 2024!

Keynote Speaker

Portrait of James Cuthbert
Photo: Raimar von Wienskowski



James Cuthbert ’09S (MBA)

President, Rock The Bells

James is an award-winning business executive and community advocate with over 20 years of experience, including positions at five global companies (Paramount/BET, Red Bull North America, The Coca-Cola Company, Kellogg's, and General Mills) and two nonprofit organizations (KIPP Philadelphia Charter Schools and The Center for Youth Services). He is currently the president of LL COOL J's Rock The Bells. He graduated with a BS in business management from The Pennsylvania State University and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Rochester's Simon Business School. In 2017 and 2018, he was named a “40 Under 40 Brand Marketer” by Brand Innovators (the largest network of brand marketers in the United States).

Shuttle Departs the Hotel (Only for those conducting interviews at 12:15 PM)
Admissions Interviews
Shuttle Departs the Hotel
Welcome and Introductions
Keynote Conversation
Diversity Alumni Leadership Panel
Professional Development Workshop
Reception with Current Students
Shuttle Departs Campus for Dinner
Dinner and Keynote Conversation
Shuttle Departs Dinner for the Hotel
Shuttle Departs the Hotel for Simon
Admissions Interviews, Financial Aid Q&A, Tour of Simon Business School and Campus
Admissions Interviews, Financial Aid Q&A, Tour of Simon Business School and Campus
Benet Career Management Center Presentation and Panel
Community Impact and Making a Difference @ Simon
Simon Alumni and Current Student Panel
Sample Class
Shuttle Departs for the Hotel
Shuttle from the Hotel to the Social Event
Social Event with Current Students (optional)
Last Shuttle from the Social Event to the Hotel

Past Alumni Participants

  • Kenyatta Andrews ’06S (MBA)

    National Museum of African American Music
  • José Chan ’03S (MBA)

  • Jasmine Kahn ’11S (MBA)

    One Planet Group
  • Jasmine Mitchell ’19S (MBA)

  • Lydia Perez Poole ’06S (MBA)

    McCormick & Company
  • Richard Bailey ’15S (MBA)

    Pandora; GrpFit
  • Howard Reid ’08S (MBA)

  • Ron Homer ’71S (MBA)

    RBC Global Asset Management

Travel stipends available.

We make traveling here easy with generous travel stipends, complimentary hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, and meals during scheduled events. For more information, email events@simon.rochester.edu.