Center for Gender, Equity & Leadership


Berkeley Haas houses leading faculty in gender, equity, and leadership.

Kellie A. McElhaney Kellie McElhaney, an adjunct professor in the Institute for Business & Social Impact, will serve as the founding director of the Center. Kellie founded the Center for Responsible Business at Haas, which the Financial Times rated as number one in the world. She launched the successful Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, which is fully student run and outperforms traditional financial market indices. She has developed and teaches a popular "Value of Investing in Women in Business" course to our undergraduates, MBAs, and Executive MBAs. She also plays a central role in the Women's Executive Leadership Program offered through the Center for Executive Education at UC Berkeley. She has written several cases on gender equity, a Gap, Inc. case, and a paper on pay equity. Kellie was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Founder and Visionary Award from Haas.

Laura Kray

Laura Kray is the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership at Haas, where she has been on the faculty since 2002. Kray has published over 60 articles examining how gender stereotypes, power, and status intersect to affect the careers of women and men, including how they approach negotiations, morality, and societal attitudes.

Laura Tyson

Professor Laura Tyson, a distinguished professor of the graduate school at UC Berkeley, devotes some of her research to the links between gender equity and business and national economic performance. She co-chairs the World Economic Forum's Council on Women's Empowerment and is the co-author of the annual "Global Gender Gap Report", which ranks nations on economic, political, educational and health gender gaps. She is also the co-author of "Leave No One Behind: A Call to Action for Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment," a report of a special United Nations High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. The report lays out the business case for gender equity and identifies proven and possible business strategies to achieve it.