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Unleashing Human Magic

A Conversation with Hubert Joly and Piyumi Samaratunga

Hubert Joly, former CEO of Best Buy, and Piyumi Samaratunga, a partner at the law firm Constangy, believe that diversity is a business imperative. In this episode, Chanda connected with these two business leaders to talk about the importance of diverse and inclusive teams, the dangers of tokenism, and the power of leading with purpose.

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About Our Guests

Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Buy. He is also a member of the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren Corporation, a member of the International Advisory Board of HEC Paris, and a Trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Hubert has been recognized as one of the top 100 CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review, one of the top 30 CEOs in the world by Barron’s, and one of the top 10 CEOs in the U.S. by Glassdoor. He is the author of the best-selling and highly acclaimed book “The Heart of Business – Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism.”

Piyumi Samaratunga

Piyumi Samaratunga is a partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete, LLP. Piyumi works with large corporations seeking to attract highly educated foreign nationals. In this capacity, she ensures each matter is handled with the personal and professional integrity and legal expertise required to successfully relocate top talent to this country.

Piyumi has been recognized as one of the 25 Women to Watch in the Twin Cities by The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She currently is a board member the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She has also served on the board for the Great Twin Cities United Way and the YWCA of Minneapolis. She has degrees from Hamline University School of Law, University of Cambridge, and Sri Lanka Law College.