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Affiliate Activities

Here is a sampling of CGO Affiliates' recent activities and professional accomplishments.

Gelaye Debebe

Gelaye is Associate Professor and Program Director of Organizational Sciences at the George Washington University. Her research has examined how people learn in situations where power inequalities are coupled with cultural difference. One study focused on the development of women leaders. Here she explored the conditions needed to foster transformative learning among women in leadership training and the resulting changes in women's leadership practice. Another study focused on the achievement of coordination in inter-organizational relationships among individuals representing culturally dissimilar and politically unequal groups. Her work has appeared in Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management Education, Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Human Resources Development International, Issues in Intercultural Communications and Development in Practice. She is also author of Navigating Power: Cross-cultural Competence in Navajoland. Currently, she is writing on a book to be published by Routledge entitled, Paths of Transformational: Developing Women Leaders. A list of her publications includes:

  • Debebe, G. 2011. "Creating a Safe Environment for Women's Leadership Transformation," Journal of Management Education, 35:5.
  • Debebe, G. 2012. Navigating Power: Cross-Cultural Competence and Coordination in Navajoland. Lexington Books.
  • Debebe, G. and Reinert, K.A. 2014. "Leading With Our Whole Selves: A Multiple Identity Approach to Leadership Development, in M. Miville and A. Fergeson (eds.). Handbook of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Psychology,. Springer.
  • Debebe, G. (In Process). Paths of Transformation: Developing Women Leaders. Under contract, Routledge.

Gelaye Debebe was the lead-guest editor for Journal of Management Education Special Issue and authored an article in the special issue:

  • Debebe, G., Anderson, D., Bilimoria, D., Vinnicombe, S. 2016. "Women's Leadership Development Programs: Lessons Learned and New Frontiers." Journal of Management Education.

Other articles and chapters include:

  • Debebe, G. 2016. "Global Organizations." In K.A. Reinert (ed.). Handbook of Globalization and Development. Edward Elgar.
  • Dutton, J.E., Debebe, G., and Wyrzesniewski, A. 2016. "Being Valued and Devalued at Work: A Social Valuing Perspective." In K.D. Elsbach and B.A. Bechky (eds.). Qualitative Organizational Research: Best Papers from the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research. v. 3. Information Age Publishing.
  • Reinert, K.A., Reinert, O.T., and Debebe, G. (Forthcoming). "The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Better But Not Enough." Development in Practice.

Michelle Kweder

Michelle’s current research areas are evidence of her interest in critical management studies and transdisciplinary research. Her primary focus is the development of a critique of mainstream business school curricula and its exclusion of issues of poverty and inequality; this focus has led her to develop a method of intersectional and intertextual critical discourse analysis that she uses to analyze Harvard Business Publishing case studies. More recently, she has turned to studying the “fake news” and late night comedy as a way to explore un/principled leadership.

Teresa Nelson

Teresa Nelson is in her second year of serving as a member of the National Women's Business Council, a non-partisan body that advises the White House, Congress and the  Small Business Administration on issues of women and business ownership. In addition, she continues to serve on the Global Advisory Board for Astia and on the Scientific Board of Women Equity Growth, a nonprofit arm of investment bank Bryan Garnier, headquartered in Paris. 

In March 2016 the group's quarterly public meeting was held at the White House streaming live throughout the country via whitehouse.gov. Nelson was on the program discussing results of the most recent U.S. Census Survey of Business Owners. Some key findings include:

  • Women are entering the ranks of business ownership at record rates. Women are launching a net of more than 1,100 new businesses every single day. Between 2002 and 2012, the number of women-owned firms increased at a rate 2-1/2 times the national average (52% vs. 20%).
  •  Women-owned businesses comprise 36% of the country’s businesses. They employ over 8 million workers, 7% of the private-sector workforce. They generate over $1.4 trillion in revenues, contributing 4% of business revenues.
  • There has been large growth in business ownership among women of color. In 2002, there were less than 1 million minority women-owned firms. As of 2012, there are nearly 3.8 million firms owned by women of color. Between 2002 and 2012, the number of non-minority women-owned businesses grew by just 9 percent, while the number of minority women-owned businesses overall grew by 315%.

Nelson's research is also currently focused on pipelines for women's commercialization of science as entrepreneurs and principal investigators. In fall 2016, Nelson is leading a Boston based effort, one of the global centers of biotechnology, to bring federal funders to town and to get women and men together to make change in commercialization pathways. Furthermore, Nelson's research with Helene Ahl of Jönköping University (Sweden) on the social construction of policy as regards women entrepreneurs has been published in the prestigious Journal of Business Venturing

Erica Foldy

Erica recently published the book The Color Bind: Talking (and not Talking) about Race at Work as well as number of articles and book chapters, including The Location of Race in Action Research in the Handbook of Action Research; Color Minimization: The Theory and Practice of Addressing Race and Ethnicity at Work in the book Diversity Ideologies in Organizations; and Leadership styles, ethnicity and race, an entry in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. She has presented at a variety of venues, including Stern School of Business, Baruch College, Jepsen School of Leadership, the Relational Coordination Research Collaboration Roundtable, the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture Annual Diversity Challenge at Boston College, and the Winter Roundtable at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Lynda Moore

Lynda is a fellow of The Leadership Trust Foundation in the UK. She has also co-authored a number of publications over the past few years listed below:

  • Moore, L.L. and Kweder, M. CGO Insight 38. Doing Diversity and Inclusion Differently: Listening to and Learning from Emirati Women Leaders. Center for Gender in Organizations. Boston, MA: Simmons College.
  • Vinnicombe, S., Burke, R., Blake-Beard, S., Moore, L.L. (Editors). Handbook of Research on Promoting Women's Careers. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Vinnicombe, S., Moore, L.L., & Anderson, D. Women's Leadership Programs are Still Important for Women. Handbook of Research on Promoting Women's Careers. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Moore, L.L., Rajadhyaksha, U., & Blake-Beard, S. Still too Soon to Forget Women? Making the case for the importance of gender diversity in management education: a study of India and the United States. Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education: Lessons Learned and Challenges Remaining. Principles for Responsible Management Education Book Series. Sheffield, UK: Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Moore, L.L. Worldly Leadership through Local Knowledge: Discovering Voices of Emerati Women Business Leaders. Worldly Leadership: Alternative Wisdoms for a Complex World. London: Palgrave McMillan UK.

Spela Trefalt

Spela's research examines how professionals--men and women--pursue work-life balance. She recently presented her work on work-life crafting at the CGO's Distinguished Scholar Speaker Series and at the Academy of Management in Philadelphia. Her co-authored article "How national context moderates the effect of family-supportive supervisory behavior on job performance and turnover intentions" was recently published in Management Research.

Stacy Blake-Beard

Stacy recently gave a TEDx talk at Urusuline College and a talk at Stanford University, both on mentoring. The links can be found below:
TEDx Urusline College: The Power of Mentoring as a Transformational Process

Stanford University: Mentoring: Creating Mutually Empowering Relationships

Karen Proudford

Karen was recently the co-author of a book chapter called "Navigating the Circle of Trust: Building and Rebuilding Authentic Relationships among Women," featured in the book Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace: Emerging Issues and Enduring Challenges by Margaret Karsten released in late March 2016. Karen also collaborated with Women’s and Gender Studies colleague, Dr. Anika Simpson, at Morgan State University on launching a “Gender and Leadership” series. The first two guests were Deputy Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission, Monique Fortenberry, and Director of the North American Higher Education Sector, Deloitte, Betty Fleurimond.

Robin Ely

Robin is currently the Faculty Chair of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Gender Initiative that was launched in May 2015. The Initiative supports research, education, and knowledge dissemination to accelerate the advancement of women leaders and promote gender equity in business and society. She made the following TV appearances over the past year: Morning Joe in May 2015 discussing the HBS Gender Initiative launch and CBS This Morning in June 2016 discussing her research on the problem of overwork in companies. Robin appeared again on CBS This Morning in March with a commentary on Boston’s program to train women in negotiation. She also presented at the October 2015 Yale SOMAA-Boston event “Women in Charge: Closing the Gender Gap in Leadership.” At this event, she discussed her research from a survey of more than 25,000 male and female business school graduates, addressing how women can become more effective leaders and how to deal with gender stereotyping of both women and men.

Bonnie Betters-Reed

Since retiring in the spring of 2013, Bonnie has focused on completing works in progress for publication, consulting with nonprofit leadership for strategic planning and inclusive organizational change, continuing a long term oral history project of the ancianos in San Juan de Sur, Nicaragua, and focused on philanthropic endeavors where her entrepreneurial and organizational expertise finds principled and socially just impact. Some of her recent consultation includes Strategic Diversity Development with Executive Leadership and President of SUNY Potsdam, and Strategic Planning with Executive Board Trustees, Foundation Board at SUNY Potsdam in 2015.

Some recent publications include:

  • Sampson, S., Betters-Reed, B., Misiaszek, T. (Forthcoming). Leading from the whole: values-based integrated leadership at EILEEN FISHER, Inc., Accepted for publication November 10, 2015, The Case Journal.
  • Sampson, S., Betters-Reed, B., Misiaszek, T. (2015). Reshaping at EILEEN FISHER Inc.: organizational change at its best? The Case Journal, Vol. 11 Iss. 3 pp. 235 – 261.
  • Betters-Reed, B., Gray, K., Fuller, A. (2013). Sustaining Employee Engagement through the Lens of Appreciative Inquiry and Relational Practice. Center for Gender and Organizations, Simmons College, Commentary # 6.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Porter, E. A social entrepreneur’s journey: leading a foundation across cultures (2013), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Vol. 3 No. 2, 1-20.

Patricia Deyton

Received a grant from the Fund for Faculty Excellence to develop the first Nonprofit Board Census in Eastern Massachusetts in collaboration with The Boston Club, modeled on the highly acclaimed Corporate Board Census, which has been conducted annually by The Boston Club for several years. The census, the first of its kind, will publically track the numbers of women directors and executive officers on the 100 largest nonprofit boards in Massachusetts and address the issue of board diversity from a gender perspective. Additionally, it will provide novel baseline data and interpretation to guide future discussions and agendas around women and board membership.

Cynthia Ingols

Cynthia was honored with an appointment to the Editorial Board of the NACRA journal, The Case Research Journal.

Sylvia Maxfield

Sylvia and Patricia collaborated on a workshop about Social Return on Investment (SROI), held May 18 and 19 at Simmons School of Management. Led by expert trainer, UK-based Jeremy Nicholls of the SROI Network, the workshop provided an in-depth study of and hands-on approach to learning how to measure social outputs, outcomes and impacts and to use the SROI approach to valuing some social impacts in monetary terms. The workshop was a collaboration of the CSR and Nonprofit Management concentrations. Sixteen professionals attended. Sponsors included The Boston Foundation; Simmons School of Management Alumnae Association; Simmons School of Management's Principled Leadership Initiative, and the Center for Gender in Organizations.

Sylvia has been appointed Dean of the School of Business at Providence College and will begin her new position August 1.

Mary Shapiro

In June Simmons hosted "A Study of the United States Institute on Women's Leadership," as part of a broader U.S. Department of State initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the U.S. abroad and to help develop future world leaders. Twenty undergraduate women from five African countries, along with 10 Simmons students, participated in a five-week program, "Women Changing the Face of Leadership." Mary and Patricia served as academic leads for two weeks of the curriculum. The initiative is designed to develop leadership skills and enhance their understanding of United States' history, government, and society with a particular focus on women's leadership.

Evangelina Holvino

Evangelina Holvino's recent presentations as part of the CGO "Complicating Gender" grant include:

  • The Conference Board, New York City, Keynote: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity: Strategic Organization Change by Engaging Differences, April 18, 2012.
  • The Social Justice Education Conference at University of Massachusetts School of Education, Poster session with James Cumming and Stephanie Jo Kent: Simultaneity: A Model of Differences for the 21st Century, April 20, 2012, Amherst, MA.
  • NCORE 2012 Conference, Workshop: Social differences in the Age of Globalization: Intersections, the Simultaneity of Differences and Their Application in Organizations, June 1, 2012, New York City.
  • Gender, Work & Organization 2012 Conference, Keele, England. Paper presentation with Gelaye Debebe and Joyce Fletcher: Deconstructing Women Only Leadership Development Training with the Simultaneity Model of Intersectionality, June 27, 2012.
  • Gender, Work & Organization 2012 Conference, Keele, England. Think Tank session sponsored by CGO with Joyce Fletcher and Gelaye Debebe: Putting Intersectionality Into Practice: Where are we, where are we going, and how can we get there together?, June 29, 2012.