Office Hours: I am a Harvard Kennedy School researcher focused on advancing gender equality in venture capital and entrepreneurship.Featured
Hi Elphas! I'm a gender and organizations researcher at Harvard Kennedy School, and I recently published an academic study on advancing gender equality in venture capital and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. I am a Research Fellow studying gender equality in organizations at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. My life’s work is to advance gender equality in the workplace through research and research translation. That means that I work at the intersection of academia and practice: I both conduct research on how organizations can become more inclusive, and I bring those research insights to practitioners through speaking, training and workshops (and cool formats like these Office Hours!). My past academic work has included studying culture and leadership at the senior levels of the world’s largest tech companies; identifying evidence-based ways to promote gender diversity in various sectors including consumer products and the media; and designing a paid parental leave policy for a city government. You may be particularly interested in my recent study on advancing gender equality in venture capital and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, available here.As a speaker and expert advisor, I often collaborate with organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to close gender gaps. I also frequently present at conferences around the world, and my work has appeared in media outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, BBC, Fast Company, Bloomberg News, and Forbes. I have an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard College.Ask me anything about bias in VC and entrepreneurship, and more importantly, what the research says about leveling the playing field in those domains!