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The Redesigning and Redefining Work Summit (RRW) is an INVITATION ONLY summit at Stanford University to present new and innovative research and generate dialog among diverse perspectives to create a new platform for the design and definition of work for the twenty-first century.  The RRW Summit will bring together one hundred and fifty top academic researchers, corporate leaders, policy makers, and media representatives to set a research-based agenda for redesigning work.
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Thursday, November 7 • 2:50pm - 3:10pm
Robin Ely, Harvard Business School

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Old Habits Die Hard:  Challenging Institutions to Achieve Gender Equity   
When smart, talented, ambitious women fail to thrive in traditionally male jobs, when they derail on their way to companies’ senior-most ranks, we question whether they are truly qualified, whether they are temperamentally fit for such jobs, but we should be questioning whether the criteria companies use to assess qualifications and fit—24/7 availability and a willingness to put job and career ahead of all else—are the right ones.  More than twenty years of research in companies across a range of industries lead me to believe they are not.  Rather, these criteria are bad habits, oppressive relics that still carry the imprint of our history of gender hierarchy.  Until we take a critical look at the organizational cultures that create and sustain these habits, “gender initiatives”— those increasingly popular programs companies undertake to accelerate women’s advancement—will fail.  To promote gender equity, sustainable economic growth, and livable lives for both men and women, we must challenge conventional understandings and practices and engage in wholesale institution-, organization-, and individual-level change.

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Robin Ely

Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Harvard Business School
Robin Ely is Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community at Harvard Business School.  She conducts research on race and gender relations in organizations with a focus on organizational change, group dynamics, learning, conflict, power, and identity.  Her recent work includes a study of men and masculinity on offshore oil platforms, research on the impact of racial... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 2:50pm - 3:10pm
McCaw Hall, Stanford Alumni Center 326 Galvez Street, Stanford