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Judith Scimone, Lofton Holder, and Fred Terrell

How Business Students Can Make the World Better

Thoughts from the three alumni who returned to campus for the inaugural Donald H. Ogilvie ’78 Colloquium, sponsored by the Council on Anti-Racism and Equity.

Three SOM alumni who have had impactful careers as leaders, innovators, and board members returned to campus recently to discuss ways they’ve addressed racism and inequity in their lives and careers. One running theme of the conversation, the inaugural Donald H. Ogilvie ’78 Colloquium sponsored by the school’s Council on Anti-Racism and Equity, was how a broadly engaged mindset, consistent with the school’s mission of educating leaders for business and society, can help students become leaders who make progress addressing the complex challenges of racism and inequality—as well as other issues they are passionate about.


Lofton Holder ’92, investor, board member, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
Judith Scimone ’00, chief talent officer at MetLife
Fred Terrell ’82, retired executive vice chairman of investment banking and capital markets at Credit Suisse

Look for opportunity and innovation by combining things you might not think go together.

Fred Terrell ’82 on innovation

Be purposeful about understanding how decisions are made to invest time, money, and resources, so you can change those things.

Judith Scimone ’00 on driving change

To make change, come together as a community around issues you genuinely care about.

Lofton Holder ’92 on a community of caring

Make the mindset shift to think of diversity as an essential strength in any organization.

Judith Scimone ’00 on diversity as a strength

Think about how your organization can treat all people fairly.

Fred Terrell ’82 on fairness

Start making a difference in the community you’re in right now.

Judith Scimone ’00 on making a difference where you are

The true learning from business school comes from being around people with a shared desire to address challenges in the world.

Lofton Holder ’92 on learning from classmates