Closing the Gender Gap: The Business Case for Organizations, Politics and Society

October 15 and 16, 2010 | Harvard Kennedy School | Taubman building, 5th floor | Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA


Friday, October 15

8-9am Breakfast and registration

Welcome by Drew Gilpin Faust, President, Harvard University

Introduction »
Iris Bohnet, Harvard Kennedy School
Laura Liswood, Council of Women World Leaders
Saadia Zahidi, World Economic Forum


The societal perspective: Gender equality and development

Introductory remarks by Lara Warner, Credit Suisse

Panelists »
Mayra Buvinic, World Bank
Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard Kennedy School
Sandra Lawson, Goldman Sachs
Saadia Zahidi, World Economic Forum
Session Chair: Saadia Zahidi, World Economic Forum

11-11:30am Break

The political perspective: Gender diversity and political outcomes

Introductory remarks by Barbara Lee, Barbara Lee Family Foundation

Panelists »
Esther Duflo, MIT
Mona Lena Krook, Washington University in St. Louis
Greg Pellegrino, Deloitte
Marie Wilson, The White House Project
Session Chair: Victoria Budson, Harvard Kennedy School

1-2pm Lunch

Political power and its benefits

Panelists »
Kim Campbell, Prime Minister, Canada, 1993
Priya Manickchand, Minister of Human Services & Social Security, Guyana
Session Chair: Laura Liswood, Council of Women World Leaders

3-3:30pm Break

The individual perspective: Gender and financial decision making
Introductory remarks by Davia Temin, Temin and Company

Panelists »
Abhijit Banerjee, MIT
Hannah Riley Bowles, Harvard Kennedy School
Alexandra Niessen, University of Mannheim
Terrance Odean, University of California Berkeley
Session Chair: Iris Bohnet, Harvard Kennedy School


Building the bridge: Perspectives on closing gender gaps in society, politics and organizations

Linda Basch, National Council for Research on Women
Lorie Jackson, ExxonMobil
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School
Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Carlson
Ursula Schwarzenbart, Daimler

6-7pm Reception

Cultural program by Harvard students

Session Chair:
David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School

Saturday, October 16

8-9am Breakfast

The group perspective: Gender diversity in teams
Introductory remarks by Jean-Michel Halfon, Pfizer

Panelists »
Barbara Annis, Barbara Annis & Associates and Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board
Lisa H. Nishii, Cornell University
Scott Page, University of Michigan
Katherine W. Philips, Kellogg School of Management
Session Chair: Robin Ely, Harvard Business School

10:30-11am Break

The organizational perspective (I): Gender diversity in management
Introductory remarks by Jan Fields, McDonald’s Corporation

Panelists »
Mechthilde Maier, Deutsche Telekom
Kathleen McGinn, Harvard Business School
David Ross, Columbia Business School
Justin Wolfers, Wharton
Session Chair: Herminia Ibarra, INSEAD

12:30-2pm Lunch

The organizational perspective (II): Gender diversity in boards
Introductory remarks by Matrice Ellis Kirk, Heidrick & Struggles

Panelists »
Elin Hurvenes, Professional Boards Forum, Norway
Morten Huse, Norwegian School of Management
Ilene Lang, Catalyst
Irene Natividad, Corporate Women Directors International and Global Summit of Women
Betty Simkins, Oklahoma State University
Session Chair: Laura D. Tyson, University of California, Berkeley


Closing remarks

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Conference Chairs

Iris Bohnet
Professor of Public Policy and Director, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Laura Liswood
Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders

Saadia Zahidi
Director and Head of Constituents, World Economic Forum



Carlson & Carlson Family Foundation
Deutsche Telekom
Exxon Mobil
Heidrick & Struggles
McDonald’s Corporation
Pfizer Inc.
Lara Warner
Swiss Re
Young Global Leaders, HKS Class of 2010