Kellie A. McElhaney

Kellie A. McElhaney

Founding Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership | Distinguished Teaching Fellow
Center for Equity, Gender and Leadership

Leading expert on equity fluent leadership, value-creating strategies of diversity and inclusion, and corporate social responsibility.


About

Kellie McElhaney is on the Berkeley Haas faculty as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow and the Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender and Leadership (EGAL).

Launched in November 2017, EGAL’s mission is to educate equity fluent leaders to ignite and accelerate change. Equity fluent leaders understand the value of different lived experiences and courageously use their power to address barriers, increase access, and drive change for positive impact. McElhaney helped develop the equity fluent leadership concept and teaches it across the country and around the world.

In 2003, McElhaney founded the Center for Responsible Business, solidifying corporate responsibility as a core competency and competitive advantage for the Haas School. Haas was rated #1 in the world for corporate responsibility by The Financial Times. She received the Founder and Visionary Award at Haas in 2013 for this work.

McElhaney wrote a book entitled “Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand.” She writes case studies of companies who are investing in women and equity-fluent leadership (Wal-Mart, Gap, Inc., Boston Consulting Group, Zendesk), and conducts research in the area of equal, pay, conscious inclusion, equity fluent leadership, and value-creating strategies of diversity and inclusion.

McElhaney consults and keynotes for Global 1000 companies and organizations all over the world on her areas of expertise, and has a TED talk. She is the mother of two incredibly strong teenage daughters.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Value-creating Strategies of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Equity Fluent Leadership
  • The Gender Wage Gap
  • Gender Equity
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Women in Leadership
  • Conscious Inclusion