Rutgers-Camden Holmes to Lead Black Business Month Roundtable Discussion


By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

MOUNT LAUREL — Business diversity leader Dr. Oscar Holmes IV will be one of three panelists headlining a Black Business Roundtable sponsored by the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The Black Business Roundtable, in recognition of Black Business Month, will be held at Rowan College at Burlington County’s Student Success Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holmes, the associate dean of undergraduate programs at Rutgers University Camden will be joined on the panel by Daria Torres, managing partner of the Walls Torres Group, and Jackie P. Taylor, of the U.S. Alliance and Ecosystem Leader for the government and private sector.

John Harmon, Sr., the founder, and president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, will also take part in the discussion. Some of the topics the panel will talk about include value proposition, the significance of understanding capitalism, future business leaders and programming at Rutgers Camden, and TD Bank resources and products for business.

John William Templeton co-founded Black Business Month in 2004 in the spirit of Black History Month, which was established by Carter G. Woodson in 1926. The month is a way of highlighting the talent that exists if the Black business sector.

“Moreover, it was also his way of demonstrating to society that Blacks had the wherewithal to produce quality products and deliver excellent services in the marketplace,” a statement from the African American Chamber said.

Holmes main research interests include examining how leaders can maximize productivity and well-being by fostering more inclusive environments that mitigate interpersonal and organizational threats.

Specifically, his research investigates how people respond to social identity threats and construct positive identities as well as factors that lead to biased decision-making. His research has been published in several academic journals such as the Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Africa Journal of Management, Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.

He also serves as director of the Rutgers University Student Executive program.

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