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Erika James, dean of Goizueta Business School at Emory University, is well-known for her research in the areas of crisis leadership and workplace diversity. She has written that crises are inevitable and every organization will experience a crisis of some magnitude. In this interview, Dean James discusses how leaders can prepare for a crisis and then take the experience and use it to take the organization to the next level once the crisis ends. She also talks about the business case for diversity and the importance of corporate culture.

The Take 15 Series is a series of short interviews with leading practitioners on timely topics focused on the investment profession.

About the Speaker(s)

Erika James

Erika James is the John H. Harland Dean of Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Previously, she served as senior associate dean for executive education at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, where she introduced the Women's Leadership Program, served as the first associate dean of diversity, and was head of the MBA core organizational behavior course. Ms. James has served as an assistant professor at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business and as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. She received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College and her MA and PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.