CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University’s Social Action Works initiative continues its “Stories That Change Us” speaker series later this month with New York City-based global business executive Lanaya Irvin.

Irvin’s live Zoom lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, is titled, “Currency of Authenticity: Identity in Professional Spaces.” The event is co-sponsored by the OSU College of Business InnovationX Center of Excellence for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Irvin is president of Coqual, Inc., a New York-based global think tank and advisory group dedicated to addressing barriers to advancement in the workplace for underrepresented populations. She previously spent a decade working for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as both vice president of global corporate and investment banking and as senior vice president director of global equities.

Social Action Works is housed in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. The initiative aims to help students meld their creative passions and desire for social change with their career goals. The “Stories That Change Us” series gives students the opportunity to hear from people who have created interesting and often self-designed careers, and provides a network of professionals who can share their career paths, offer mentorship and serve as resources.

The event is free and open to all. To learn more about Social Action Works or attend the lecture via Zoom, visit:

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

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