The Value of Inclusive Leadership

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:10 am
The business case for investing in diversity, equity and inclusion has never been stronger, nor has it received more attention.  There is strong evidence showing that investing in diversity and inclusion is not only the right ting to do, it is the best thing to do for business.  We are not making progress across the board fast enough.  We will look at a few company leadership stories.
Kellie A. McElhaney
Professor and Distinguished Teaching Fellow
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Dr. Kellie McElhaney is a professor and Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  She founded the Center for Responsible Business, solidifying corporate responsibility as a core competency and competitive advantage of the school.  Haas was rated #1 in the world for corporate responsibility by The Financial Times.  She is now the Founding Director of the Center for Gender, Equity and Leadership, which focuses on strategically investing in women in business.  Kellie has received the Founder and Visionary award and the Cheit Teaching Excellence award at Haas. 

Kellie’s research focuses on the following areas: (1) The business value and leadership strategies of investing in women and diversity; (2) Strategic corporate responsibility and its alignment with business objectives, competencies, and value creation; (3) Global macro trends and business implications, risks and opportunities.  She has developed and teaches a variety of courses linked to her areas of expertise in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA programs at the Haas School of Business, as well as in executive education programs globally.  She authored a book entitled Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand. She produces thought leadership, white papers and case studies of companies who are investing in women (Wal-Mart, E&Y, Gap, Inc.), and conducts research in the area of equal pay, unconscious bias, women and leadership, and the ROI of women in leadership.

Kellie consults and keynotes for Global 1000 companies and organizations all over the world on strategic leadership for investing in women, diversity and inclusion, and corporate responsibility. She also has a TED talk on these topics.