Corporate Responsibility and Power

Corporate Responsibility and Power

Companies—especially those with digital “platform power”—wield an enormous influence over economic, political, and social life in the United States and globally. The massive scale and attendant data collection of these platforms, often coupled with the use of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, have given rise to concerns about violations of privacy, bias, discrimination, mis- and disinformation, and more. Can these companies evolve their business models to operate more securely, responsibly, and ethically?

Meet the Guest: Vanessa Perry

Vanessa Perry

Professor at the George Washington University, School of Business

Vanessa Gail Perry, MBA, PhD is Professor at the George Washington University, School of Business.

Her research on consumers in financial and housing markets has been published widely and cited in a host of national media outlets. In addition, she has been an invited speaker on issues related to mortgage lending, access to credit, and fair housing.

From 2016-2017, Professor Perry served as Senior Advisor on Housing Finance at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was appointed in 2011 as an expert on consumer information at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has also provided consulting services to numerous public and private sector clients, including the Bank of America, the National Association of Realtors, the IRS, and the Federal Housing Administration.

Dr. Perry has held several administrative positions at GWU, including Department Chair (2012-2014), Assistant Dean for Specialized Masters Programs(2013-2014), Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (2014-2015), and Interim Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion (2015-2016).

Professor Perry has received several awards for her documentary film, “Dog Parks and Coffee Shops: Diversity Seeking in Urban Neighborhoods,” co-produced with Professor Sonya Grier of the American University. She won the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Consumer Affairs. She has also received several teaching honors.

Before joining the faculty at GWU, Professor Perry was a Senior Economist at Freddie Mac. Professor Perry holds a BA in Philosophy from The American University, an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Meet the Guest: Lauren Rhue

Presented by Elizabeth Renieris

Lauren Rhue
Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Lauren Rhue, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of information systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Photograph of Lauren Rhue

Dr. Rhue’s research uses econometrics, machine learning, and analytics techniques to explore the ethical, economic, and social implications of technology and electronic markets. These projects have explored the correlation between information technology adoption and the diffusion of democracy, the presence of bias in online user-generated information sites, bias in affective artificial intelligence, and using machine learning techniques to increase equity without sacrificing business objectives.

Her research has been published in MIS Quarterly and Social Networks as well as American Law Review and the Journal of Science and Technology Law. Her work has been presented at numerous conferences, including the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), INFORMS, Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), and Statistical Challenges in E-Commerce Research (SCECR).

Dr. Rhue received her doctorate in information systems from New York University’s Stern School of Business and graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in management science and engineering.

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Featured Speakers: 

  • Vanessa Perry, MBA, Ph.D., Professor, George Washington University School of Business
  • Lauren Rhue, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

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