Lincoln Chamber of Commerce: Women in Business – Part Three
May 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Embracing Workplace Diversity and Inclusion: Promising Practices for Women
Join the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce for PART THREE of their Virtual Women in Business Three-Part Series! The featured speaker will be Dr. Gwen Combs, Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business and Director for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. Diversity and inclusion initiatives, at their core are not new to the context of work organizations. Many organizations have been attempting to address equity, fairness, and concerns about workforce representation for some time with mixed results and divergent levels of success. In this session we will present and discuss evidence-based practices that have demonstrated and suggest better opportunities for success of organizational diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Dr. Gwen Combs, Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business and Director for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor
Gwendolyn Marizett Combs serves the University in both faculty and administrative roles. Academically, she is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business. Administratively, she is the Director for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor; and Coordinates the work of the three UNL Chancellor’s Diversity Commissions (Commissions on the Status of People of Color, the Status of Women, and on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities).
Her scholarship has focused on the dynamics of human resource management, diversity, and inclusion practices on organizational outcomes and employee behaviors, and wellbeing.
Combs teaches a variety of courses in human resources management and advises students interested in careers in that professional field. Her scholarly publications and conference presentations are framed more specifically within the areas of recruitment and selection, individual identity and inter-group behaviors, workplace equality, and organizational environments for diversity and inclusion. Additionally, she assists organizations in developing and integrating human resource programs/policy, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and diversity training.
Combs received her BA from Wellesley College, an MBA from Washington University(MO), and her doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Combs holds leadership roles in professional and service organizations including the Executive Board of the Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee of the Academy of Management, Chair of the UNL African and African American Caucus, and member of the Institutional Research Committee of the National Board of Directors for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.