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24 June, 2020
Roger Ferguson, President & CEO of TIAA and Chairman of the Board at The Conference Board, discusses the nation’s current social climate following the death of George Floyd and the responsibility of individuals and America’s business leaders to drive change.
In an interview with Steve Odland, President of The Conference Board, Ferguson adds meaningful historical context to the protests and the recent groundswell in multi-racial, multi-ethnic dialogue surrounding systematic racism.
“Anything that is as deeply engrained as racism - that goes back to before the United States existed – to eradicate that, it requires intentional, consistent, persistent activity from all of us,” says Ferguson. He encourages people to reflect on moments in their own lives that reveal their unconscious biases. “When did you stand in front of the line and someone said, ‘I’m standing here’ and you said, ‘I didn’t see you’ and you suddenly realize that the person you didn’t see was a person of color?”
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Mr. Odland is the President & CEO of The Conference Board, Inc., the most widely cited private source of business intelligence. He brings to The Conference Board an extensive corporate background. He formerly served as Chairman & CEO of Office Depot, Inc. from 2005-2010; Chairman, Pr...Full Bio
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is the former president and CEO of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organization, since 2008.
Ferguson is also the vice chairman of the Board of Governors ...Full Bio