IE Thought Leadership & Research@WFUSB

This section of the Wake Forest University School of Business website is dedicated to showcasing the thought leadership and research of Roderick Lewis, Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence. Here, you will find a collection of insights, presentations, and analyses focused on fostering inclusive excellence both in the United States and internationally. Our goal is to provide valuable resources and innovative strategies that promote fairness, engagement, and a sense of belonging within higher education and corporate environments. By exploring the content on this page, you’ll discover how these initiatives positively impact organizational brand, reputation, revenues, and establish institutions as Schools of Choice and Employers of Choice. Learn more about our commitment to building a global and inclusive community through impactful initiatives and forward-thinking practices.


Anti-DEI Legislations: Impacts on Higher Ed and Corporate (Comparative Analysis)

Roderick Lewis conducted a comparative analysis titled “Anti-DEI Legislations: Impacts on Higher Ed and Corporate,” posted on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) message board in 2024. His research highlights the risks of anti-DEI legislation, including the rollback of critical DEI programs in higher education and undermining inclusive workplaces in the corporate sector. Roderick advocates for compliant inclusive excellence initiatives that ensure community members feel a sense of belonging, well-being, and engagement. His work provides guidance for advancing DEI initiatives in a complex legislative environment.

Higher Education Institutions

Keynote Address: Implementing DEI in the Growing Environment of Anti-DEI Legislation in Higher Education Institutions

Roderick Lewis, Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence at Wake Forest University School of Business, delivered a keynote at the 2024 Rivals Retreat annual conference hosted by the University of Alabama’s career center. He emphasized the importance of DEI in higher education and outlined strategies for navigating restrictive legislation. Roderick highlighted the power of language, the importance of data, broader definitions of diversity, building alliances, and innovative program design. His address encouraged professionals to remain adaptable and resilient in promoting DEI values amidst legislative challenges.


Presentation to NCACE Leadership Institute: Using Design Thinking to Navigate Anti-DEI Legislation

Roderick Lewis, Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence at Wake Forest University School of Business, presented at the 2024 North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers (NCACE) Leadership Institute annual conference on the topic of navigating anti-DEI legislation. He discussed using Design Thinking to develop inclusive, legally compliant activities in career centers. Roderick emphasized empathizing with student needs, defining problems clearly, ideating innovative solutions, prototyping inclusive programs, and testing them for compliance and effectiveness. He also highlighted the importance of using broad definitions of diversity, such as geographic and economic diversity, to ensure inclusivity within legal constraints while supporting student success and well-being.

Allegacy Federal Credit Union

Panel Discussion on Financial and Wellness Equity for Black Americans at Allegacy Federal Credit Union

In a panel discussion hosted by the Sankofa Employee Resource Group at Allegacy Federal Credit Union, Roderick Lewis, Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence at Wake Forest School of Business, joined local thought leaders to discuss the health and wealth gap experienced by Black Americans. Roderick emphasized the importance of education, financial literacy, and minority representation in executive leadership. He highlighted statistics on financial inequities and discussed the role of institutions in DEI initiatives. Roderick also introduced the “Anti-Racism & Gender Equality Scorecard,” developed to evaluate and improve DEI practices within organizations.