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My Calling: Omar Brown (MBA ’07)

Big Ten Conference senior vice president Omar Brown credits Loyola for teaching him the lessons that have guided his career

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As the Big Ten Conference’s senior vice president for community and impact, Omar Brown has found his calling.

In his Big Ten job, which he started in 2020, and previously at Deloitte, Chicago Transit Authority, and the University of Illinois, Brown has worked to increase cultural awareness through diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The past two summers, Brown took Big Ten student athletes and administrators to historic civil rights sites in Alabama. This summer he plans to take them to an Iowa farm to explore the urban–rural divide.

“It’s really important for us to drive what diversity means for the Big Ten,” Brown says.

In June, Brown was named to Loyola’s board of trustees. He credits the University for teaching him the lessons that have guided his career. “I always go back to integrity,” he says. “Loyola has always been a place where they do what’s right for the right reasons.” Brown is also now a mentor for the Quinlan School of Business’s Baumhart Scholars program.

“As a Black man, I always feel like it’s important to be an example,” Brown says. “There are many people who see me do it, and so they feel like they can do it. When I see these opportunities, I feel like I have to take them.”

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