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Harvard Business School Launches Gender Initiative

BOSTON, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In an effort to further the advancement of women leaders worldwide, Harvard Business School (HBS) has launched the Gender Initiative [1] to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promotes gender equity in business and society. The new Initiative will be headed by Robin Ely [2], the School’s Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community.

Inspiration for the Gender Initiative emerged during the 2013 commemoration of the School’s 50th anniversary of admitting women to its two-year MBA program. As part of that celebration, HBS hosted its first Gender & Work Symposium [3], an annual gathering of top gender researchers and practitioners.

“One of the main goals Harvard Business School wants to achieve with the Gender Initiative is to ground discussions about gender in rigorous research so that people can make better-informed decisions for themselves, their families, their companies, and their communities,” Ely said. “So much of what people think they know about gender is simply not substantiated by empirical evidence but instead is based on gender stereotypes.  We want to develop the Initiative so that Harvard Business School becomes the ‘go-to place’ on gender issues, where both researchers and practitioners can come together to find ways to advance gender equity in the workplace and help both women and men lead whole, fulfilled, and sustainable lives.”

To achieve its mission, the HBS Gender Initiative will:

“From marketing and organizational behavior to strategy, social enterprise, and entrepreneurship, for more than one hundred years Harvard Business School and its faculty have been leaders in defining the roles and functions of business, as well as effective business practice,” Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria said. “With the launch of this Initiative, we want to have a similar and lasting impact on the way the world understands and acts upon gender-related matters.”

“With such a long track record for success in bringing about change in the workplace,” Ely added, “Harvard Business School is the perfect place to locate efforts aimed at accelerating the advancement of women leaders as well.”

CONTACT:



Jim Aisner 
jaisner@hbs.edu 
617-495-6157

Rimjhim Dey
rdey@publisez.com [4]
917-514-3359

ABOUT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School [5] is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.

 

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SOURCE Harvard Business School