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Dr. Robin J. Ely, PhD

Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School | BetterUp Science Board Member

Robin J. Ely is the Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She is also the Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, responsible for promoting a positive and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students at the school.

She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University and Bachelor’s degree from Smith College. Ely went on to teach at Columbia University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before joining Harvard Business School in 2010.

Ely's research focuses on issues of diversity and inclusion in organizations. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics such as gender and race in the workplace, work-life balance, and the impact of organizational culture on employee behavior. Her papers have received numerous awards and are published in academic journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review, and Harvard Business Review. Professor 

She is founder and faculty chair of the HBS Race, Gender & Equity Initiative, whose mission is to catalyze and translate cutting-edge research to transform practice, enable leaders to drive change, and eradicate gender, race, and other forms of inequality in business and society.

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