Talk to explore challenges of building diverse, inclusive businesses

Cultivating diverse workplaces is a focus for many businesses, yet Goodman School of Business scholar Dave Bouckenooghe argues much still needs to be achieved.

“Having diversity disclosure statements in place is one thing for companies — living up to the spirit of diversity and, in particular, inclusion is another one,” he says.

In September, during his three-year appointment as LCBO-Hennessy Spirit of Inclusion Research Scholar (2022-25), Bouckenooghe started a research program that studies inclusive leadership and its impact on building inclusive work environments. Supported by Charton Hobbs and Moët Hennessy as part of the LCBO Spirit of Inclusion initiative, the program specifically acknowledges the barriers experienced by women of colour and aims to determine practices that empower them to pursue leadership roles in male-dominated industries.

In this week’s Goodman Luncheon Speaker Series event, the Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the Goodman School of Business will share his ongoing research on this topic during his talk, “The challenge of building diverse and inclusive workplaces: A research agenda.”

The Goodman Luncheon Speaker Series provides Goodman faculty, staff and students with an informal opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with business colleagues.

Bouckenooghe’s talk will take place Friday, March 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Sankey Chamber. Goodman faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Members of the Brock community interested in joining can email Crystal Li at to reserve a seat.

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