Lessons from Inclusion Research

Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:30 pm

Panelists will explore the highlights of academic research on diversity and inclusion. The facilitated conversation will cover what we can learn from  research about diversity and inclusion practices, and why it is difficult to achieve diversity and inclusion in the technology sector.

Lessons from Inclusion Research

Emilio J. Castilla
MIT Sloan School of Management

Emilio J. Castilla is the NTU professor of management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He joined MIT in 2005, after being a faculty member in the Management Department at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the head of the Work and Organization Studies Group. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT, and a research Fellow at the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School. He received his post-graduate degree in Business Analysis from the Management School in Lancaster University (UK) and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University.

Professor Castilla studies how social and organizational processes influence key employment outcomes over time. He tackles his research questions by examining different empirical settings with longitudinal datasets, both at the individual and company levels. His focus is on the screening, hiring, development, and job mobility of employees within and across organizations and locations, as well as on the impact of teamwork and social relations on performance and innovation. Recently, given the widely popular goals of promoting meritocracy and creating opportunity inside institutions, his work has focused on the role that merit and merit-based work practices play in shaping employees’ careers in today’s workplace. He has published chapters in several books as well as articles in a number of scholarly journals. Examples of recent articles include Achieving Meritocracy in the Workplace, Sloan Management Review (2016); Accounting for the Gap: A Firm Study Manipulating Accountability and Transparency in Pay Decisions, Organization Science (2015); House of Green Cards: Statistical or Preference-based Inequality in the Employment of Foreign Nationals (with Rissing), American Sociological Review (2014); and The Paradox of Meritocracy in Organizations (with Benard), Administrative Science Quarterly (2010). He has also written a book on the use of longitudinal methods in social science research titled Dynamic Analysis in the Social Sciences (published by Academic Press/Elsevier). He received the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2001 and the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award in 2011.

Professor Castilla has taught in various degree programs at MIT Sloan, the Wharton School, and a number of other international universities. His teaching interests include Strategic Human Resource Management, Leading Successful Organizations, Career Management, and Strategies for People Analytics. In addition to teaching full time MBA and executive courses, he has taught several PhD-level seminars. For more information, visit his web page.

Sanaz Mobasseri
Doctoral Candidate
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Sanaz Mobasseri is a doctoral candidate in the Management of Organizations Department at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Her research examines the role of emotion, cognition, and culture in shaping social networks and labor market outcomes. Much of her work is situated in organizational settings, where she examines the microfoundations of workplace inequality. Although grounded in sociology and organizational theory, her work integrates theoretical insights from social psychology and sociolinguistics. Her research methods are similarly diverse, ranging from experimental studies in the lab to audit studies in the field, to computational approaches applied to large archival data sets. Prior to her Ph.D., Sanaz worked in finance in the U.S. and U.K. She also holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Katherine Ullman
Data Scientist

Katherine Ullman is a Data Scientist at Paradigm, a strategy consulting firm that partners with Fortune 500 companies and leading technology firms to help them build stronger, more inclusive organizations. Prior to Paradigm, Katherine was trained at the Management of Organizations PhD program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she studied computational sociology and earned a master’s degree in Business Science. Katherine’s research at Haas focused on gender, labor market inequality, and entrepreneurship.

Karin Bauer
Angel Investor and Start Up Advisor

Karin H. Bauer is an angel investor and advisor to technology start up leadership teams (Dashboard Earth, FEM Inc., FuelX, Vaute Couture) in the areas of strategic partnerships and conscious business practices, utilizing her experience in marketing and international business development, sustainable leadership, and stakeholder engagement.   

Karin has twenty years of experience in senior technology marketing and international business development roles, most notably at eBay, Broderbund Software, the 3DO Company, and Oracle Corporation.   She has also held marketing and strategic partner management positions at SRI International and GMFanuc Robotics in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Karin earned a doctorate in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Asian Comparative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California in December 2016.  Her dissertation was on Interconnectedness in Vedic and Buddhist Thought and Implications for Stakeholder Theory.  She also holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business (1994) and a BA in International Relations from Pomona College (1984).   

Karin’s philanthropic engagement is extensive. She is a founding board member of The Philanthropy Workshop, an active network of social impact philanthropists, and a member of Battery Powered. She is board chair emeritus of WiserEarth, founded by Paul Hawken.  She has been an investor and advisor to the Acumen Fund, Dasra-Social Impact International, the Global Social Venture Competition at UC Berkeley, and the Maddox Jolie-Pitt  (MJP) Asia Foundation. She completed six years’ service on the Commonwealth Club’s Board of Governors.  She is a trustee emeritus of the American Conservatory Theater based in San Francisco.   She recently joined the Founding Advisory Council of the Berkeley-Haas Center for Gender, Equity and Leadership (CGEL).

Karin is fluent in German and French, has studied Sanskrit, Italian and Russian, loves yoga and sailing, and enjoys international travel, especially to India and Europe.   She resides in San Francisco with her Collie, Geordie, and five rambunctious cats: Felix, Sterling, Elsa, Willie, and Francis.