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Community Leaders Gather to Learn about Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Driver

Diversity Summit at Boise State's Alumni and Friends CenterThe College of Business and Economics (COBE) co-hosted a summit on diversity and inclusion as a business driver with a focus on attracting and retaining top talent in the Treasure Valley. Held on November 17, the summit was a collaboration between COBE, Wells Fargo, the City of Boise, the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) and the University of Idaho-Boise.

The morning started off with a powerful keynote address on business responsibility for human rights by Alejandro Hernandez, senior VP at Wells Fargo.

Two panel sessions followed. Panel one comprised Lisa Cooper, Figure 8 Investments; Marwan Sweedan, MD, CTBS; Matthew Burns, Idaho Bureau of Laboratories; Tawna Miles, St. Luke’s Health System and discussed “Our refugee community as a source of top talent.” Shannon Rush-Call, Micron Technology; Joanne Chu, EcoEthos Solutions; Thomas Kellogg, Mentor Artists Playwright Project; and Francisco Salinas, Boise State University, made up the second panel and covered the topic “How to build a workplace culture of inclusion.”

Camille Eddy, engineering student at Boise State

Camille Eddy

A compelling and eloquent closing keynote was given by Boise State mechanical engineering student, Camille Eddy, who presented her research on bias in machine learning and shared her experience as an African-American woman in tech.

The afternoon comprised hands-on workshops that sought to give attendees practical skills to create inclusion in their workplaces. They included:

  • Creating inclusive meetings using the Collaborative Operating System, led by Joanne Chu, EcoEthos Solutions and Shannon Rush-Call, Micron.
  • Finding your voice: playwriting as a tool for workplace inclusion led by Thomas Dean Kellogg, Mentor Artists Playwright Project (MAPP).
  • From campus to career: a student lunch conversation on inclusion, led by Alejandro Hernandez, senior VP, Wells Fargo.

If you judge on the fullness of room, the Diversity and Inclusion Summit was a huge success at standing room only capacity. But, event organizers are not judging by attendance. Success will only be claimed when attendees complete their action items. Attendees accepted the challenge to publicly post their commitments do doing one thing to make workplaces and our community more inclusive and to report on achievement at the next diversity and inclusion event. Some of those include:

  • Expand diversity on board of directors/leadership team/advisory group/membership.
  • Contact Global Talent Idaho / work with my company to create job placements/externships/internships for refugees.
  • Integrate two new tools in my company’s culture strategy work — Collaborative Operating System and Courageous Conversations.
  • Help create a community coalition for diversity and inclusion.
  • Start a diversity think tank.
  • Expand the ethical discussion in my class to include the role, benefits and importance of diversity and inclusion.

In closing, Angeli Weller, director of the Responsible Business Initiative, asked audience to “remember, this is the beginning, not the end, of an important conversation and there is no more important a time for each one of us to take responsibility for making our workplaces and our community more inclusive.”

Dec. 16: Gem State Business and Accounting Conference

The Gem State Business and Accounting Conference provides the latest updates and perspectives on a variety of accounting, audit, tax and reporting matters that impact both private and public companies.

See the details on the Department of Accountancy’s website

Donation for Sadler Family Makes Skype Room a Reality

COBE Career Services recently received a generous donation from Mike and Ann Sadler to install a high-tech video conferencing room with a Sharp 60 inch Class LED Smart TV and a Logitech high-definition webcam with a 90 degree field of view which students may use for job interviews.

Skype has over 300 million users worldwide | 25% of millennials use Skype globally

Skype Room in COBE Career ServicesVirtual interviews, including Skype and Google Hangout, are changing the way companies hire new employees. This technology has a prominent place in the interview process. While a Skype interview might not replace face-to-face interviews for some companies, it allows human resource personnel to get a feel for a potential hire early on in the process. Further, students and companies can expand their job/personnel search outside of their geographical area, save time and reduce travel costs.

Location and Reservations

The Skype Room is located in Career Service, room 1120 in the Micron Business and Economics Building. To reserve the room, call 426-3862 or email


Dec. 7: W.O.W Social

Women of the Workplace SocialWOW: Women of the Workplace logo

STOP BY!  (take a break from studying)

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
in the Jackson Commons

Featuring Ted Talks with W.O.W. topics

Hot Cocoa • Hot Apple Cider • Cookies • Popcorn


Denise English Presented a Paper at the Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues

image Denise English, College of Business and Economics at Boise State UniversityDenise English, professor in the Department of Accountancy, presented a paper at the 28th annual Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues. The paper is titled “The SASB’S new accounting credential – potentially adding exponential value to the CPA credential.”

Director General of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office Visits Boise State

Boise State representatives with Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office officalsOn Wednesday November 30, Boise State University President Robert Kustra, Provost Martin Schimpf and College of Business and Economics Dean Ken Petersen were honored to host the recently appointed Director General of the Seattle Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Vincent C.H. Yao and Deputy Director Chen-chi Wu. The Seattle TECO Office covers Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and the visit to Boise was Director General Yao’s first major trip outside of Seattle. Discussions included business, cultural, and technological exchanges and underscored Idaho’s growing importance on multiple fronts around the globe.

Director General Vincent C.H. Yao , Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office; Dean Ken Peterson, College of Business and Economics; Chris Brown, Boise State student; President Kustra, Boise State University

Director General Vincent C.H. Yao, Dean Ken Peterson, Chris Brown, President Kustra

Also present were TechHelp’s Steve Hatten and Bill Mulane, the Center for Global Education’s Corrine Henke, Jack Marr, COBE faculty; and Chris Brown, a graduating senior in mechanical engineering. Brown showcased work he did for VersaBuilt (a company that has built and installed robotic machine tenders for Rekluse Motor Sports) while employed at TechHelp New Product Development Lab.

NEW — Master of Economics and Master of Science in Economics

Two new master economics programs will be offered in spring 2017.

The master of economics (M.Ec.)is for individuals seeking advancement in their career, and/or seeking careers in more quantitative and analytical fields. The culminating activity is a capstone course designed to give students hands on experience using the skills and knowledge gained through the program.

The master of science in economics (M.S.) emphasizes research and requires the completion of a thesis. The intended audience are individuals seeking to further their skills in research. This program can also act as a bridge to a PhD program in economics and related fields.

Both programs provide students with advanced training in current microeconomic theory, quantitative economics and more through rigorous research methods. Graduate assistant positions and fellowships are available.

Department of Economics Chair Zeynep Hanson says the programs will provide substantial value to students and to the State of Idaho.

“Earning an economics master’s degree will prepare  students for careers that regularly use economic concepts and quantitative methods to analyze and solve real-world problems faced by businesses, government and society. Graduates will typically obtain jobs as an applied economist or data analyst in the public or private sector. Graduates will be capable of conducting independent analyses, and will be able to use their skills and knowledge to develop and shape policy, to inform business decisions, to analyze data, and to manage organizations. The Idaho business community, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations will be provided with local graduates who are highly skilled in economic analysis, forecasting, statistical analysis, and political economy. These graduates will strengthen Idaho’s business leadership and increase Idaho’s ability to compete nationally and internationally. The programs will add value in a wide range of business, government, and nonprofit settings, minimizing the need to recruit talent from outside Idaho.”

For more information contact the Department of Economics by at (208) 426-3351 or email: Visit the website