Dean's Leadership Series


Join Belk College of Business Dean Jennifer Troyer for one-hour lunch sessions on timely topics. 

Students, alumni and the business community are invited to attend.

Leading on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Monday, September 28
Noon-1 p.m. via Zoom

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and protests over criminal and economic injustice have ignited debate across the country. This summer, businesses across the globe have put a new emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion. We open the Dean's Leadership Series with a thoughtful conversation on how businesses can lead on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, featuring a panel of Charlotte-based business leaders.


  • Latesha Byrd ‘12, CEO and Founder, Byrd Career Consulting
  • Mike FrenoPresident and Head of Investments, Barings 
  • Omar G. Jorge Peña, CEO, Compare Foods 
  • Craig ParkinSenior Managing Director, TIAA  

Panelist bios 


George BanksAssociate Professor of Management 

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Upcoming Sessions: Save the Date

Thursday, October 15 
Noon-1 p.m. via Zoom

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way everyday business is conducted. From health and safety issues to the shift toward remote work and uncertainty around retail, commercial real estate professionals must adapt. To better understand the current landscape and the future of commercial real estate, the Dean's Leadership Series welcomes three industry leaders for a timely conversation on this pressing topic.  


  • Peter Fioretti, Founder and CEO, Mountain Real Estate Capital, LLC
  • Jane Wu '07 (MAFI), President, Panorama Holdings, LLC
  • Landon Wyatt, Partner, Childress Klein Properties


Yongqiang Chu, Director of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate and Childress Klein Distinguished Professor of Real Estate and Economics

Registration will open soon.


Monday, November 16 
Noon-1 p.m. via Zoom

Family-owned and operated businesses have always experienced unique challenges and opportunities. With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, they face the reality of a new and evolving economic landscape. Research has shown that family businesses are resilient because they have a cohesion that ties family co-workers together. This conversation with Charlotte family-owned business leaders will focus on what makes family-owned businesses unique and how they are responding to the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic.


  • Larry Griffin, Jr., ‘84, Principal, Griffin Brothers Companies

  • Mike Griffin, Partner, Griffin Brothers Companies

  • Chuck Howard, ‘71, Owner and CEO, Autobell Car Wash Inc. 

  • Susan Jamison '78, Owner, Wealth Matters, LLC


Moderator: Torsten M. Pieper, Associate Professor of Management 

About the Series

The Dean's Leadership Series aims to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Belk College of Business and give back to the Charlotte community by welcoming distinguished guest speakers, executive business practitioners, and thought leaders who will share their insights and experiences regarding current challenges and future opportunities facing our business community. Each Dean’s Leadership Series session will bring together a panel of experts who will shed light on a pressing topic facing business leaders.