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Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership Philanthropic Impact Update 2019

Your investment in the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) at Berkeley Haas has been critical to ushering in a new era of equity fluent leaders. By partnering with us, you are developing transformative thought leadership in the marketplace that is already having both fiscal and social impact. Thank you for collaborating with us at this historically-opportune time.

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. Different lived experiences lead to better decision making, innovation, and enhanced team productivity.

This year, your support has enabled inclusive growth opportunities for our Berkeley Haas students by:

  • offering 2 MBA courses: Dialogues on Race; Equity Fluent Leaders: The Value of Inclusion and Diversity; and 1 undergraduate course: Equity Fluent Leaders: The Value of Inclusion and Diversity
  • launching our first Equity Fluent Leadership consulting projects course, which allowed student teams to support 8 companies in advancing various aspects of their DEI goals
  • overseeing the creation of an Equity Fluent Leader emphasis in the Full-Time degree program that join a dozen other areas of emphasis that allow students to focus their studies during their time at Haas
  • sponsoring 2 MBA student fellowships
  • becoming the institutional home for Dialogues over Dinner, a student-led initiative through the Race and Inclusion Initiative (RII) that brings students together in small discussion groups to facilitate dialogue around race-related issues in the US — more than 125 students participated in 17 dinners this past fall
  • engaging the EGAL Student Advisory Board and 3 student initiatives: RII, GEI, and WIL
  • sponsoring a diversity and inclusion case competition in September with over 140 undergraduate students applying to help Zendesk develop a global diversity champions model
  • in March, sponsoring a diversity and inclusion pitch competition where 6 teams of MBA students to applied innovative problem-solving to issues of exclusion and marginalization

Your contribution has also enabled the education of equity fluent leaders in the broader community by:

  • hosting an AmpEquity speaker series with guest speakers Jonathan McBride of BlackRock, Nancy Green of Athleta, and Tony Prophet of Salesforce, with over 200 in attendance
  • finalizing a partnership with the Science of Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (SODI) to bring their 2020 convening to Haas
  • launching our partnership with theBoardlist, a leading platform for executives and board directors to nominate and discover outstanding board-ready women, giving our alumnae the exposure they deserve — to date, 38 individuals have taken advantage of this service
  • developing our first Equity Fluent Leadership playbook on supporting dual career couples and additional resources for business leaders to build equity fluency
  • sponsoring 9 grantees for our research grant program who are advancing critical research on DEI

By partnering with EGAL you are questioning the status quo and helping Berkeley Haas to become the #1 international institution for developing equity fluent talent.

This year, we expanded our equity fluency resources for industry and individual use, creating an EFL Knowledge Bank that houses educational resources to build one’s understanding of, and communication about, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We released The Business Case for Gender Diversity, a compendium that outlines research related to diversity in the workplace and business impacts. We also created the Equity Fluent Leader Glossary of Key Terms, which provides an overview of language to build one’s equity fluency.

In addition, we developed our first Equity Fluent Leadership Playbook on Supporting Dual Career Couples, a guide that offers research-backed strategies and tools for organizations struggling to create a workplace that supports working families. It holds seven evidence-based actions that employers can implement and includes the steps to execute it, business benefits, methods for measuring success, and mini-cases.

This year, the Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition welcomed 6 finalist teams from 4 MBA programs. The first place venture, Thrive Education, gives parents the tools they need to help their children thrive, providing comprehensive video evaluations and follow-up support for learning differences such as dyslexia, autism, and ADHD from expert educational specialists. Other placing teams included a network for black women to heal and grow and an investment fund committed to advancing women’s sexual wellbeing. Thanks to your contribution, the top winning teams received $13,000 to support the continued growth of their ventures.

The winning team at the Zendesk Case Competition this year was a group of four innovative undergraduate female students. The team developed a diversity champion model composed of DEI fluency assessments, incentives, a mentorship program, and more that could be implemented globally.

In addition to your high-impact student support, your contribution also provides research support to faculty and PhD students. This year’s faculty research includes:

  • Ming Hsu, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, who works on predicting unequal treatment in the field
  • Przemyslaw Jeziorski, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business, who works on evaluating the impact of training and credit on retail performance
  • Juliana Schroeder, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, who works on addressing a way in which difficult conversations around DEI can be better structured to enhance understanding and respect
  • Guo Xu, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, who works on evaluating how leaders shape the culture and performance of organizations
  • Derek Brown, PhD Candidate, Haas School of Business, who works on understanding misperceptions of organization diversity policies
  • Sonya Mishra, PhD Candidate, Haas School of Business, who works on determining how women can gain influence without incurring backlash
  • Michael Rosenblum, PhD Candidate, Haas School of Business, who works on understanding differences in perceptions of the trustworthiness of male and female candidates
  • Gauri Subramani, PhD Candidate, Haas School of Business, who works on examining gender disparities in innovation
  • Charlotte (Charlie) Townsend, PhD Candidate, Haas School of Business, who works on studying the relationship between gender role mindsets of individuals within couples

“Your partnership with EGAL has never been more critical as the entire UC Berkeley campus is increasingly committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives. With your support, we are creating a new paradigm that will result in better solutions to complex problems, benefiting the common good.” - Ann Harrison, Dean of the Haas School of Business

“Our donors are not just donors, they are investors. They invest in us to make change. Their support has allowed us to successfully launch our first Equity Fluent Leadership playbook on supporting dual career couples. On top of that, our Advisory Council is the best, most engaged board with whom I have ever worked with. These individuals dedicate their time, money, expertise, and networks in support of our success.” - Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL)

Thank you for investing in a more equitable world through the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership at Berkeley Haas. Your partnership is invaluable in helping us to ignite and accelerate change in business.