INFORMS Open Forum

DEI Panel during the 2021 MSOM Conference

  • 1.  DEI Panel during the 2021 MSOM Conference

    Posted 12 days ago

    Dear MSOM members:

    You are invited to join the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel on June 7 from 12:30pm-2pm EST at the upcoming MSOM conference.

    MSOM DEI Panel: Walking the Diversity Talk 

    • Join from computer or mobile:
    • Meeting ID: 874 0745 2122
    • Password: MSOM2021
    • One tap mobile +13017158592,,87407452122# US (Washington DC), +13126266799,,87407452122# US (Chicago)
    • Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC),  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago), +1 646 558 8656 US (New York), +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma), +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston), +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

    You DO NOT HAVE TO REGISTER for the MSOM Conference in order to attend this DEI panel.

    Following the above link will enable you to attend it. The panel is about parental leave policies and related issues to operationalize diversity, equality and inclusion principles. We will discuss questions including, but not restricted to:

    1. What were some of the work-related challenges you experienced as (expecting) parents? 
    2. How can we improve our parental leave policies to help alleviate such challenges?
    3. How can we improve parental leave policies to help same sex couples?
    4. How can we improve parental leave policies to help single parents?
    5. What are the pros and cons of primary care giver and gender independent policies?
    6. How can we improve the promotion process to make sure that primary care givers are not penalized?
    7. How can we improve parental leave policies for parents going through treatments, stillbirths & miscarriages?
    8. How can we improve the parental leave policies for multiple births?
    9. Sharing information
    10. When is the right time to share pregnancy news?
    11. What safeguarding processes can be put in place for parents who may not want to share information about their relationship?
    12. Mental health: how can we be more open on postpartum depression, stress, lack of sleep, etc.?

    The panelists below (alphabetized by last name) have graciously agreed to participate in this discussion. 

    • Laura Albert, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Harvey D. Spangler Faculty Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Wedad Jasmine Elmaghraby, Professor of Management Science & Operations Management, University of Maryland
    • Elena Gerstman, Executive Director, INFORMS
    • Michael Johnson, Professor and Chair, University of Massachusetts Boston
    • Kamalini Ramdas, Deloitte Chair in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Professor of Management Science & Operations, London Business School 
    • Beril Toktay, Brady Family Chair in Management and Professor of Operations Management, Georgia Institute of Technology

    We look forward to seeing you all in the panel discussion.

    Best wishes,

    Atalay Atasu, President

    Feryal Erhun, President Elect

    Burak Kazaz, VP for Meetings and Communications

    Luyi Gui, Secretary/Treasurer



    Burak Kazaz
    The Steven R. Becker Professor of Supply Chain Management
    Syracuse University
    Syracuse NY