Research & Articles

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Goals and Targets for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A High Leverage Point to Advance Gender Equality in the U.S. Tech IndustryWAPPP Logo
Women and Public Policy Program
July 29, 2020
Goals, especially public goals, serve a critical function in mobilizing the will and the way to change behavior. This white paper (featured in Snap Inc.'s Diversity Annual Report 2020; executive summary here) argues that U.S. tech companies should manage the challenge of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and women’s representation the same way they manage all of their other business-related challenges: through performance targets with deadlines and rewards, underpinned by personal accountability.

Overcoming the Small-N ProblemUMass Amherst Logo
Article in What Works: Evidence-Based Ideas to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace (Guide)
May 12, 2020
What Works offers concrete, research-based evidence about strategies that are effective for reducing discrimination and bias and increasing diversity within workplace organizations. This guide is intended to provide practical strategies for managers, human resources professionals, and employees who are interested in making their workplaces more inclusive and equitable.

Advancing Gender Equality in Venture Capital (Research Study)WAPPP Logo
Women and Public Policy Program
October 9, 2019
This 18-month research project examined how the components of VC industry culture, organizational practices and policies, and patterns of interpersonal interaction affect full gender inclusion in venture capital as well as gender equity in venture funding. In addition to a full final research report, the study produced actionable and evidence-based takeaways for VC firms, individual venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.

Be like an orchestra: how to eliminate gender bias in venture capital fundingKing's College London
King's College London - Essays on Equality
October 1, 2019
The world of venture capital can learn from orchestra directors, who have combatted gender bias through blind recruitment processes.

Tackling the Underrepresentation of Women in MediaHBR Logo
Harvard Business Review
June 6, 2019
The BBC's 50:50 Project has been remarkably successful at increasing the representation of women in journalism. An analysis of its impact shows that meaningful change on gender equality can be achieved by embracing a growth mindset, providing a simple and tangible tool for achieving change without mandating it, and giving colleagues agency and ownership over the process.

Behavioral ScientistVenture Capitalists Are Using the Wrong Tools to Improve Gender Diversity
Behavioral Scientist
March 12, 2019
Behavioral science offers a proven roadmap to sustainable, systemic improvement on gender diversity in the venture capital industry. Now, it is time for venture capitalists to stop trying to change hearts and minds and start redesigning their firms.


Teaching Cases

Ros Atkins and the 50:50 Project at the BBCLBS Logo
London Business School Case Collection
May 2020
Case study following Ros Atkins, a news program presenter at the BBC, in his quest to reach 50:50 gender representation first on his own show, and later across all of the BBC's journalism globally through the 50:50 Project.

Increasing Gender Diversity in the Boardroom: The United Kingdom in 2011 (A) and (B)HBS Logo
Harvard Business School Case Collection
July 2019
Case study chronicling a successful multi-year, multi-stakeholder effort to increase the representation of women on the boards of the UK's FTSE 100 companies.


Expert Contributions to Reports

BBC LogoBBC 50:50 Project Report
May 15, 2019

New America LogoNew Ways to Bring Women Into and Up Through Cybersecurity Careers
New America - Cybersecurity Initiative
Laura Bate, Elizabeth Weingarten

March 28, 2019

UK Equalites LogoUK Government Equalities Office: Actions to Close the Gender Pay Gap
UK Government Equalities Office