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TIE Podcast Summer Session: A Conversation with Steven S. Rogers

Recorded on 06/25/2021
Posted in TIE Podcast

In the debut “summer session” episode of the TIE Podcast, TIE editor in chief Alexia Hudson-Ward speaks with Steven S. Rogers, retired Harvard Business School MBA Class of 1957 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, and author of A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues: What You Can Do Right Now to Help the Black Community (Wiley, 2021). Rogers’ book is informed by his work at Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his own experiences as a Black person. He explores the wealth disparity between Black and white Americans and how we can all work to close the wealth gap. In this episode you’ll gain a greater understanding of the root causes of racial wealth inequity, why Rogers believes that Black people should receive reparations from the United States Government, and hear recommendations for how you can direct your spending to support a more equitable financial system.

[Correction: In this episode, Andrew Jackson’s name was mistakenly mentioned in conjunction with the rescindment of Sherman’s Special Order #15. It was Andrew Johnson, Lincoln’s successor, who did this, not Andrew Jackson.]


About Steven S. Rogers

Steven S. Rogers

Steven S. Rogers retired from Harvard Business School in 2019 where he was the “MBA Class of 1957 Senior Lecturer” in General Management. He taught Entrepreneurial Finance and his own course, “Black Business Leaders and Entrepreneurship.” Prior to HBS, Professor Rogers taught in the MBA and PhD programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he received the Outstanding Professor Award for the Executive MBA Program 26 times and daytime program twice. More recently, Rogers joined the Steans Family Foundation as an advisor to develop an economic plan for a poverty-stricken Black community in Chicago. In 2020, he toured 10 HBCUs where he taught a workshop titled “Entrepreneurial Finance for Black Entrepreneurs.” He has also served on the Board of Directors of several corporations. Named one of the top 150 influential people in America by Ebony Magazine, Rogers is the author of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Finance and Business and multiple Harvard Business School case studies and podcasts focused on Black business and financial issues.


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