• Initiative Chair (On Leave)

Robin J. Ely

Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration
Professor Robin Ely conducts research on race and gender relations in organizations with a focus on organizational change, group dynamics, learning, conflict, power, and identity. She has taught MBA courses in leadership, diversity, teams, and statistics and doctoral courses in gender and race relations and in field research methods. She has also taught in HBS’s executive education programs, including leadership programs designed specifically for women. Professor Ely is presently conducting research on how women can be effective leaders in the face of gender stereotypes and the so-called “double bind” (the well-documented phenomenon whereby women leaders face a trade-off between being liked and being seen as competent); a study of how cultural beliefs about work and family limit both men’s and women’s ability to thrive professionally and lead whole, fulfilled lives; and a comprehensive, longitudinal study of HBS alumni career and life decisions.

Colleen Ammerman

Director
Colleen works with the faculty leadership of the Gender Initiative to support a research community and a platform for disseminating practice-relevant insights for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizations. She oversees the Initiative’s staff, operations, and activities, including student and alumni engagement, programs for companies, and research conferences. She is a member of the Life & Leadership After HBS research team, an ongoing longitudinal study of Harvard Business School alumni which examines the influence of gender and race on their life and career outcomes. She has authored various teaching materials and articles and is currently at work on a book manuscript about gender and career in the 21st century.