Loyola Holds Busch Conference with Virgin Unite Founder Jean Oelwang – Newsroom



| By Andrew Aldrich

The Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University of Maryland will host the 2022 Busch Lecture on Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m. with Jean Oelwang, Founding CEO and Chairman of Virgin Unite, the Virgin Group and Branson Family Foundation working to change business for good, fighting climate change, supporting entrepreneurs and protecting human rights.

Oelwang will present “Forging Great Partnerships and Collaborations Through Deep Connection”. His talk will focus on the content of his new book published by Penguin Random House titled, Partnership: forging the deep connections that make great things happen.

Virgin Unite facilitates collaboration between entrepreneurs, philanthropists and leaders to work towards positive change. Oelwang has 15 years of experience forming partnerships to develop and launch global initiatives including The Elders, The B Team, The Carbon War Room (merged with Rocky Mountain Institute), Ocean Unite, The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, 100% Human at Work, The Virgin Unite Constellation and The Branson Centers of Entrepreneurship.

Oelwang has worked with over 25 Virgin companies across 15 industries to help them prioritize the well-being of people and the planet. She also led human resources strategy as a partner in the Virgin Group. Prior to launching Virgin Unite, Oelwang was co-CEO of Virgin Mobile Australia. Additionally, she has spent 18 years living and working on six continents to start and help run mobile phone companies.

She has worked for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia and was a VISTA volunteer serving homeless teenagers in Chicago. She has also been on the TED and TEDx stages as a host and speaker and has received awards including the Bernie Glassman Trailblazer Award and the FilmAid Philanthropic Leadership Award.

John Michel, Ph.D., associate professor of management at Loyola’s Sellinger School, is the Busch Scholar professor hosting the Busch Lecture this year. Free and open to the public, the conference will be held virtually via Zoom. To learn more and register, visit Loyola.edu/BuschLecture.

The Busch Conference, supported by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, aims to showcase business leaders who have led innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives and are of interest to the academic, business and civic communities. The Anheuser-Busch Foundation also designates a Busch Fellow, a faculty member who conducts and publishes high-quality research in a business discipline.


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