Please note that this is a breakfast forum hosted by GIBS Dean, Professor Nicola Kleyn.
07:30-08:00 registration and breakfast
08:00 Forum starts
09:15 Forum ends
Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people's minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Diversity training programmes have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organisations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. Presenting research-based solutions, Iris Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions.
What Works is built on new insights into the human mind. It draws on data collected by companies, universities, and governments in Australia, India, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, and other countries, often in randomised controlled trials. It points out dozens of evidence-based interventions that could be adopted right now and demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance. What Works shows what more can be done—often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed.
is Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the director of
its Women and Public Policy Program. She is also the co-chair of the Behavioral
Insights Group at the Center for Public Leadership at HKS, an associate
director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, and the faculty chair of
the executive program "Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st
Century" for the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders. From 2011 to
2014, she served as the Kennedy School's Academic Dean. Currently, she serves
on the boards of directors of Credit Suisse Group and University of Lucerne, as
well as the Advisory Board of the Vienna University of Economics and Business,
EDGE, BeApplied, and numerous academic journals. She is co-chair of the Global
Agenda Council on Behavior of the World Economic Forum. A behavioral economist
combining insights from economics and psychology, her most recent work examines
how behavioral design can help organizations overcome gender bias and improve
performance. Her academic work has been published in the best journals of her
profession and has been profiled by leading media outlets around the world. She
is the author of WHAT WORKS: Gender Equality by Design (2016).