Areas of Expertise (8)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Value-creating Strategies of Diversity and Inclusion
Equity Fluent Leadership
The Gender Wage Gap
Corporate Social Responsibility
Women in Leadership
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.
University of Michigan: PhD, Higher Education (Business Cognate)
Ohio University: MA, Organizational Behavior/Management
University of North Carolina: BA, Political Science, English
Honors & Awards (9)
Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2019
Honored by the San Francisco Business Times
California Management Review Case of the Year
"Eliminating the Gender Pay Gap: Gap Inc. Leads the Way"
Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching
Founder & Visionary Award
Center for Responsible Business
Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award
“40 Under 40” leaders racing ahead of their time by the East Bay Business Times
Finalist in Fast Company‘s Fast 50 list
MBA Teaching Excellence Award, UMBS
Nominated 2001, 2002, 2003
Outstanding GSI Teaching Award
The University of Michigan
Selected External Service & Affiliations (11)
- 2018 – present Empower Her, Advisory Board
- 2018 – present, Gender Equity Diversity Subcommittee of the University of California Athletics Board
- 2017 – present, Closed Loop Fund, Advisor
- 2016 – 2018, Orrick, Women's Leadership Council, Chair
- 2014 – 2017, Outotec, Sustainability Advisory Board, Finland
- 2014 – 2018, Sedgwick Women’s Forum Advisory Board
- 2014 – 2017, Pacific Community Ventures, Board
- 2013-2017, Dow Chemical Company, Sustainability Advisory Council
- 2013 – present, Sierra Global Management Board
- Advisory Board, Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, Atalanta Capital, SustainAbility
- Sustainability Advisory Council, The Dow Chemical Company
Positions Held (2)
At Haas since 2002
2017 – present, Founding Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership, Haas School of Business
2008 – present, Faculty, Institute for Business and Social Impact, Haas School of Business
2002 – 2017, Adjunct Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
2008 – 2012, Margo N. Alexander Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility, Haas School of Business
2002 – 2008, John C. Whitehead Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility, Haas School of Business
2002 – 2009, Executive Director & Founder, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business
1994 – 2002, Managing Director, Corporate Environmental Management Program, University of Michigan Business School
1993 – 2002, Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Business School
1992 – 1993, Visiting Professor, Sichuan International Studies University
1991 – 1992, Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati
1989 – 1992, Fifth Third Bancorp
2013 – 2014, Management Institute of Finland
2010 – 2014, Visiting Professor, EADA, Barcelona, Spain
2006 – 2014, Visiting Professor, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, UNC Chapel Hill
2007, Visiting Professor, Institut d’Administration des Enterprises, University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France
1992 – 1993, Visiting Professor, Sichuan International Studies University, Sichuan, China
Media Appearances (15)
Growing Criticism, Activism among Big Technology Company Employees
Voice of America online
Companies are examining their contracts with the military and pouring millions into causes their employees care about. These efforts are good for business and for building trust with the public and employees, said Distinguished Teaching Fellow Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership.
US tech industry becomes hotbed for employee activism
Washington Post online
There's a growing backlash about "unethical tech" and the industry is speaking out. “As an employee in the tech sector right now, there is a fair bit of guilt or (asking), ‘What is my responsibility?,’” said Distinguished Teaching Fellow Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership.
Silicon Valley wades into the abortion wars — cautiously
San Francisco Chronicle online
Distinguished Teaching Fellow Kellie A. McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership, said it's possible that highly visible companies may be wary of getting involved with the polarizing, political hot potato of abortion rights. But, she said, “it’s a lost opportunity for sectors like tech who already have a gender problem."
Meet the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2019
San Francisco Business Times
Kellie McElhaney is lauded as of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, which celebrates well over 100 women business leaders in real estate, law, tech, finance, health care and many other industries. These women work in diverse fields, but all share a passion for what they do.
Fixing Business's Gender Inequality At The Root
There’s a strong business case to be made for promoting women’s involvement in the business world, and the author states that Distinguished Teaching Fellow Kellie McElhaney, founding director of the Center for Gender, Equity, & Leadership at Haas, has made that case for years, using hard numbers to demonstrate that companies with a larger share of women in leadership create more value for investors over time.
Berkeley Haas MBA Students Fight the Gender Pay Gap
Clear Admit online
The gender pay gap is still alive and well in business, particularly in the tech industry.
New study on gender roles at work and home offers mixed news for women
Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership, discussed research that found that while there is broad support for gender equality in general, there's a disparity in people’s views of gender roles in public and private.
1 year of #metoo: Have things changed for women in business schools?
Business Because online
MBAs were shook up by the #metoo movement, said Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership. “For some of them, they didn’t know that what they had experienced was gendered harassment, and for those who’d experienced blatant sexual assault, like so many of us they had buried it—#metoo brought it back to the surface,” she said.
How an academic specialist in human memory created a chat app that's helping companies fight harassment and discrimination
Business Insider online
Spot is a chatbot designed to make it easier for victims of harassment to report their experiences. "The fear of retribution and the lack of trust are real," said Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership.
MBA news you need
Clear Admit online
Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership, says an MBA helps women move into higher-level positions with more authority. It also provides the hard skills and working knowledge people need to rise to the top.
Google employees are staging walk-outs over sexual harassment across the globe
Google employees are staging walkouts to protest sexual harassment. "Women are tired of it, and I don't think it's just women," said Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership.
Why California may be the role model for addressing gender inclusion
Companies with more women on their board are more likely "[to have] strong governance structures, demonstrate a high level of transparency, and avoid large-scale controversy," according to work by Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership.
Why are women MBAs paid less than men?
Business Because online
Figures suggest that an MBA actually exacerbates the gender pay gap, which appears to be driven largely by differences in bonus rather than base salary. “We find it déclassé to speak about salaries, and that’s part of the problem too," said Kellie McElhaney, Founding Director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership.
Will #MeToo turn into #NotHer? Movement may come with unintended workplace consequences
USA Today online
There may be an increasing reluctance from men in positions of authority to hire or work closely with women, in some cases declining to hold one-on-one meetings with female employees. “It’s not a good thing,’’ said Kellie McElhaney of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership. “It’s further disconnecting women from networks that we’ve already been excluded from. There are solutions, but I think right now men are a bit paralyzed.’’
Other states might not follow California in diversity mandate for corporate boards
NPR All Things Considered online
Jerry Brown signed a new law on Monday that requires publicly traded companies in California to have at least one woman on their corporate board. "New York City followed on the previous salary, as did San Francisco, so you do see states and cities mirroring one another on these sorts of pieces of legislation," said Adj. Prof. Kellie McElhaney of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership.
Selected Papers & Publications (9)
Kellie A. McElhaney, Genevieve Smith, Margi Goelz
Kellie A. McElhaney and Genevieve Smith
Kellie A. McElhaney
Kellie A. McElhaney
John Mennel, Tina Mendelson, Kellie A. McElhaney, Bill Marquard
Kellie A. McElhaney
Kellie A. McElhaney & Sanaz Mobasseri
Kellie A. McElhaney
Kellie McElhaney, Michael W. Toffel and Natalie Hill
The Value of Equity Fluent Leadership
MBA 292, UGBA 192
Business Solutions for Global Mega Trends