The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University recently opened its new Women’s Leadership Center. The new center, led by Shelley Correll, Stanford professor in sociology and director of the Clayman Institute, aims to empower the underrepresented voices of women in the workplace and promote women’s leadership in business, government and education.
The Center has laid out a clear strategy for accomplishing its goals. First, three target areas for change have been identified:
- Empower women to succeed with research-based programming and tools
- Engage men in conversations to create a level playing field for all
- Create effective organizations, whose cultures, practices and policies allow all people to thrive
Second, the Center will bridge the gap between academic scholarship and workplace practices by partnering with top companies and policy makers to design and carry out research on how to create more inclusive workplaces. “The Clayman Institute has an outstanding track record of translating robust academic knowledge into innovative, easy-to-implement programming,” explains Correll. “By combining research with business and industry participation, we can help other institutions learn from, contribute to, and partner with our efforts. We can also leverage research to help understand these programs, measure their impact, and scale them to meet specific needs.”
Finally, the Center will take a three-pronged approach to translating its findings into action:
- Educate: Develop and lead world-class leadership education for universities, corporations, and organizations, as well as broad-scale audiences
- Evaluate: Conduct research to deepen our understanding of the impact and effectiveness of leadership education
- Disseminate: Develop and promote engagement with our tools, research, and education to promote broad scale change
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