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Join special guests Jennifer Berdahl, Montalbano Professor in Leadership Studies: Gender and Diversity, from the Sauder School of Business, and Joan C Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, Author and Hastings Foundation Chair at the University of California, as they discuss four patterns of workplace bias and ways to handle them as both individuals and leaders.

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Thursday May 21, 2015
4 – 5 p.m.

Reception to follow from 5 - 6 p.m.

RBC Waterpark Place Auditorium
88 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON

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Speaker Biographies

joanJoan C. Williams

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as having "something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, her awards include the Families and Work Institute Work Life Legacy Award (2014), Hastings Visionary Award (2013), American Bar Foundation's Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award (2012), the ABA’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement (2006), the Distinguished Publication Award of the Association for Women in Psychology (2003) and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award (2000). In 2008, Williams gave the Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison.

Williams, who is Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, has authored or co-authored eight books, most recently What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (co-written with her daughter, Rachel Dempsey). She is the author of 99 academic articles and book chapters, including “Deconstructing Gender,” listed as one of the most cited law review articles ever written (1996). She lectures widely and has appeared in outlets as diverse as the Harvard Business Review, O Magazine, Human Resource Executive, Jezebel, and the Yale Law Journal.
Williams’s path-breaking work helped create modern workplace flexibility policies and the field of work-family studies. Her approach to implicit gender bias has influenced the way organizations do bias training and design performance evaluations and their compensation systems.

As Founding Director of WorkLife Law (WLL), Williams has played a leading role in documenting “maternal wall” bias against mothers, leading to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s 2007 Guidance on Caregiver Discrimination. Her article “Beyond the Maternal Wall” was prominently cited in the landmark 2004 case, Back v. Hastings on Hudson. Williams also has played a central role in documenting work-family conflict among hourly workers, through reports such as “One Sick Child Away From Being Fired” (2006), “Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict” (2010) (co-authored by Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress), and “Improving Work-Life Fit in Hourly Jobs” (2011). 


jenniferJennifer L. Berdahl

Jennifer L. Berdahl has studied gender and diversity in organizations for over 20 years. Her research has examined gender and leadership, diversity in work groups, and organizational behaviour that reinforces gender and racial inequalities. Berdahl is perhaps best known for her research on workplace harassment, which documented sexual harassment against assertive women, double jeopardy for minority women’s experiences of workplace harassment, racial harassment against East Asians who defy stereotypes, and harassment against men who fail to conform to masculine ideals, including minority men and caregiving fathers.

Professor Berdahl is the Montalbano Professor of Leadership Studies: Gender and Diversity at Sauder. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Illinois and was on the faculty at the University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Professor Berdahl serves on the Executive Committee of the Academy of Management's Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division and is on the editorial boards of top management journals. Professor Berdahl is an award-winning MBA instructor who has taught electives on leadership, gender and diversity , and power and politics. She has also advised and mentored dozens of PhD students.

Professor Berdahl's research and expert opinions have been featured widely in news outlets, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and magazines such as Forbes, Time Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. She has appeared on national TV and radio news programs to discuss her expertise. Professor Berdahl has served as an expert witness on sexual harassment cases in the U.S. and in Canada, and has advised large organizations as well as the Canadian Parliament on policies regarding gender and diversity.