Oris Stuart

MBA '89

Senior Partner
Korn/Ferry International

What do you do professionally?

I am a senior partner with Korn Ferry, where I lead the firm's global diversity and inclusion consulting and learning practice. I joined the firm in September 2012 after they acquired Global Novations, the world's largest D&I consultancy, where I served as CEO. In my role I work with directors, chief executives, and senior leaders to address a wide range of global talent, diversity, and inclusion challenges. I was also recently appointed to serve as the Global Lead for Life Sciences for our Leadership and Talent Consulting Practice.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

Assisting leaders in aligning their global talent strategy with the critical levers of the broader business strategy. I get particular satisfaction in helping executives gain new insights on the power of "doing more with more." To me that means increasing the organizational focus beyond high potentials and building strategies to increase the capacity of all employees, particularly those that are underrepresented or under-developed.

What is the biggest challenge you face?

The identical challenge many of our clients are facing—growth. Specifically for me that translates into identifying, hiring, developing and retaining driven business leaders and practitioners around the globe with the passion, necessary competencies and commercial sense for our work.

What sorts of interesting places has your position taken you? Do you have a favorite?

I've been privileged to travel to a host of countries across six continents through my work. Some of my favorite cities include Shanghai, Sydney and Cape Town…and of course Philadelphia—my hometown.

What is the best professional advice you've received?

The first is, "Relationships Rule." This truism was often quoted by Vincent Brown, one of my former business partners and a Global Novations' founder, and has always been in evidence during my 25-year professional career. The second is, "When in doubt, make the more correctable mistake." Robert "Bobby" Haas, a pioneer in the field of leveraged buyouts and a world-renowned National Geographic photojournalist, shared this concept with me. He refers to it as Secret Number 6, in Masters of Their Universe, his recently published work that outlines the 12 secrets to survival in the wild that are equally applicable in business and life.

Aside from your current role, what is your dream job?

Working in a venture or private equity firm.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Watch my four children grow. I also like to walk four miles with a 30-pound bag strapped on my back—what some people call golf.

What is the most important thing you learned during your time at Fuqua?

Organizational Dynamics—the most important B-school course you'll ever take. I also appreciated our Business Communications professor insisting that we purchase a suit made of "natural material" in advance of the upcoming career fair.

Who was your favorite professor?

Hard to pick a favorite. I learned so much from so many of them. I particularly appreciated Michael Moore, Dean Boulding and Helmy Baligh

What is your favorite Fuqua memory?

Playing in the ACC intramural basketball final in the North Carolina Dean Dome with [Professor] Bill Boulding, Michael Moore, Hugh Allen, Jeron Green and Scott Deloatch, among others.

What does Team Fuqua mean to you?

Team Fuqua describes the culture and spirit of collaboration and shared opportunity that was inherent in my experience 25 years ago and is still part of the fabric of the school. Team Fuqua means "community" to me and a belief that 1 + 1 equals more than 3.