Exploring Gender Diversity

About the Conference

The conference "Closing the Gender Gap: The Business Case for Organizations, Politics and Society" will address the relationship between a country’s gender gap and its economic performance, the impact of gender diversity on political outcomes, how a person’s gender affects financial decision making, the relevance of diversity in teams and the relationship between the gender balance in corporations (management and boards) and company performance.

Beginning with a macro-perspective on development, we will focus on the relationship between a country’s gender gap and its economic performance. This will be followed by a discussion of the impact of gender diversity on political outcomes and include the reflections of women leaders who have served in political office.

After examining gender gaps at the societal and political levels, we will address individual, team and organizational perspectives, analyzing how a person’s gender affects financial decision making, the relevance of diversity in teams and the relationship between the gender balance in corporations (management and boards) and company performance.

Leaders from the private and the public sectors will offer introductory remarks. On panels, they will share their experiences and explore how the findings could impact policy making, corporate practices, and leadership.

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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