Mary Shapiro

Professor of Practice; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gender in Organizations

Phone: 617-521-3860
Fax: 617-521-3880
Office: M-349
Email:

"If two [people] think alike on a team, one of them is redundant." - William Wrigley

Specialization

Communication Strategies, Career Strategies, Public Speaking, and Team Leadership

Bio

For more than 25 years, Ms. Shapiro has served as an Organization Behavior faculty at Simmons College, teaching undergraduates, MBA students, and executives. She specializes in three areas: team building and leadership, influential communication across diverse stakeholders, and strategic career management.

Ms. Shapiro researches and publishes in the areas of women, their careers, their risk-taking, and their use of power. She co-authored two books on interviewing and career management, co-authored two books on career management with SOM colleague, Dr. Cynthia Ingols, Take Charge of Your Career (2005), and A Smart, Easy Guide to Interviewing (2003) which extend an understanding of interviewing and work strategies to include the nuances of gender and many dimensions of diversity. She also developed "The Communication Styles Diagnostic," an online tool that has been used by thousands of managers to improve their effectiveness with individuals and teams. Most recently she is in the press with her book, "Leading High Performing Teams" with Harvard Business School Press.  

Throughout her career, Ms. Shapiro has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, private institutions, and non-profits, including organizations such as CVS Caremark, Harvard University, WebMD, and Liberty Mutual Insurance, to create vision, mission and strategic plans; launch teams with process infrastructure; and intervene in teams in crises. She works with numerous Boards of Directors, as a consultant guiding strategic planning efforts, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM). Ms. Shapiro received her M.B.A. and M.S. Economics from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Current Course(s)

  • MBA: Career Strategies, Communication Strategies, Public Speaking Strategies
  • Undergraduate: Introduction to Management and Principled Leadership, Organization Communication and Behavior, World Challenge
  • Executive Education sessions on the topics of leadership, teams, communication effectiveness, career management, gender and power, and influence.
  • Global Leadership programs, including the Department of State's "Women Changing the Face of Leadership" for African college women; Women in Public Service Policy Institute through the Wilson Center for global women leaders; and Fulbright's Leadership and Re-Entry Program

Publications

Academic Articles (Peer Review)

  • O'Neill, R., Shapiro, M., Ingols, C., & Blake-Beard, S. (2013). Understanding women's career goals across ethnic identities. Advancing Women in Leadership.
  • Gupta, V., Shapiro, M., Maxfield, S., & Hass, H. (2013). Risk seeking career strategies and women's career success. Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business Research.
  • Ingols, C., & Shapiro, M. (2013) Assessing the soft skills of Leadership in an MBA program. Journal of Management Education.
  • Shapiro, M., Ingols, C., & Blake-Beard, S. (2011). Using power to influence outcomes: Does gender matter? Journal of Management Education.
  • Shapiro, M., Ingols, C., & Gentile, M. (2011). Helen Drinan: Giving voice to values, Case Research Journal.
  • Blake-Beard, S., O'Neill, R., Shapiro, M., & Ingols, C. (2010). Social sustainability: Flexible work arrangements and diverse women, Gender in Management.
  • Maxfield, S., Shapiro, M., Gupta, V., & Hass, S. (2010). Risky business: Women, risk-taking, and risk-aversion, Gender in Management.
  • Shapiro, M., Ingols, C., Blake-Beard, S., & O'Neill, R. (December, 2009). Making sense of women as career self-agents: Implications for Human Resource Development. Human Resources Development Quarterly.
  • Shapiro, M., Ingols, C., Blake-Beard, S., & O'Neill, R. (November, 2009). Canaries in the mine shaft: Women signaling a new career model. People & Strategy.
  • Shapiro, M., Ingols, C. , & Blake-Beard, S. (March, 2008). Confronting Career Double Binds: Implications for Women, Organizations, and Career Practitioners. Journal of Career Development.

Case

  • Shapiro, M., & Ingols, C. (2009). Giving Voice to Values: Helen Drinan. Case Research Journal.

Books

  • (in press). Shapiro, M. (2014). Leading High Performing Work Teams. Harvard Business School Press.
  • Shapiro, M. & Ingols, C. (2005). Taking Charge of Your Career, Silver Lining Press.
  • Shapiro, M. & Ingols, C. (2003). Your Job Interview: An Easy Smart Guide to Interview Success, Silver Lining Press.

Professional Publications

  • Shapiro, M., Blake-Beard, S., Carter, C., O'Neill, R., Ingols, C., Bartolozzi, A., & Ogle, M. (2013). Confronting Contradictions: Exploring the tension of women as breadwinners. CGO Insight #36, Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, MA.
  • Shapiro, M., Deyton, P., Martin, K., Carter, S., Grossman, D., & Hammer, D. (2012). Dreaming Big: What's Gender got to do with it? The impact of gender stereotypes on career aspirations of middle schoolers. CGO Insight #35, Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, MA.
  • Gupta, V., Maxfield, S., Shapiro, M., & Hass, S. (2009). Risky business: Busting the myth of women as risk-averse. CGO Insight #29, Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA
  • Shapiro, M., Ingols, C. & Blake-Beard, S. (2007). Optioning In Versus Opting Out: Women Using Flexible Work Arrangements for Career Success, CGO Insights #25, Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA.

Invited Articles/Reviews

  • Shapiro, M. (2011). Charting your own route: Developing your own GVV Case. Journal of Business Ethics Education.
  • Shapiro, M. (2006). Branding Your HR Department. HR Magazine.

Research

Women's career choices, impact of race and ethnicity on women's careers, women facing gendered career dilemmas, high performing work teams, and women's relationship with power and risk-taking.

Awards & Accolades

Faculty/Staff Community Service Award 2013

Presentations

  • 2014: Produce Marketing Association National Women's Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Exploring your leadership potential.
  • 2014: Produce Marketing Association National Women's Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Accepting Leadership
  • 2014: Produce Marketing Association National Women's Conference, Phoenix, AZ, Communicating with Credibility
  • 2014: Simmons College Leadership Conference: Executive Presence.
  • 2014:  National Conference on Girls Education, Philadelphia PA, Are we keeping girls in the leadership pipeline?
  • 2013: Produce Marketing Association National Women's Conference, Phoenix, AR, Executive Presence: Women and gendered dilemmas.
  • 2013: Produce Marketing Association National Women's Conference, Phoenix, AR. Leading high performance teams.
  • 2013: ACE Women Leaders in Higher Education. Worcester, MA. Got Politics? Get Influence.
  • 2012: Transformative Learning Conference, San Francisco, CA. Transforming Learning through Effective Teams.
  • 2012: Global Accounting and Organizational Change Conference, Boston, Massachusetts. Expanding Opportunities for Gender Related Research in Accounting.
  • 2012: Simmons College, Boston, MA. Dreaming big: What's gender got to do with it? Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Middle Schoolers.
  • 2012: 2011: Sun Life Financials, Boston, MA, Managing Your Career in Turbulent Times.
  • 2011. Eastern Academy of Management, Boston, MA. The Academic-Practitioner Debate: A false dichotomy.
  • 2011: Genentech Women's Forum, SanFrancisco, California. Raise your hand: Women accepting leadership.
  • 2011: Simmons Leadership Conference, Boston, MA. Pre-conference presentation: Got politics? Get influence.
  • 2010: New England Human Resource Association, Boston, MA. Giving Voice to Values.
  • 2010: Boston Chamber of Commerce, Boston, MA. Leadership and women.
  • 2010: 85 Broads Conference, Boston, MA. 'Accepting Leadership'.
  • 2010: Genentech Women's Forum, San Francisco, California. Women and the Vision Thing.
  • 2010: Genzyme. Women and the Vision Thing.
  • 2010: Genentech, San Francisco, California. Women and the Vision Thing.
  • 2010: Credit Suisse/AON Women's Forum Risk, New York, NY. Changing Financial Institutions, and Women, Panel Moderator.
  • 2010. Global Accounting and Organizational Change Conference, Boston, Massachusetts. Expanding Opportunities for Gender Related Research in Accounting.
  • 2009: Supply Management Institute National Convention, San Antonio, Texas. Creating Credibility and Authority.
  • 2009: Boston Chamber of Commerce. Women as Visionary Leaders.
  • 2009: CDM. Influence without Authority (webinar).
  • 2010: Northern Trust. Boston, MA. Influence without Authority (webinar).
  • 2010: EMC. Boston, MA. Influence without Authority (webinar).
  • 2009: Women's Foodservice Forum, Dallas, Texas. Influence without Authority.
  • 2009: Wellington's Women's Forum, Boston, MA. Influence without Authority.
  • 2009: Colleges of the Fenway. Power, Politics and Influence: surviving this economic downturn.
  • 2009: Northeast Regional Computing Program (IT departments and libraries). Getting the resources you need: Influence in this economic downturn. (workshop).
  • 2008: National Council. Creating Credibility and Authority When Presenting.
  • 2008: Madrinas Leadership. Impact of Ethnic Identities on Career Management.
  • 2008: CASE Conference. What's Their Problem? Why Don't They Get It? Understanding Communication Styles.
  • 2008: Massachusetts Municipal Association Convention. Can There be Flexibility in the Unionized Public Sector?
  • 2008: Teleconference: IBM's La Red Group, Boston, MA. Latinas and Career Management.
  • 2008: Teleconference: Madrinas, Boston, MA. Latinas and Career Management.
  • 2008: The Central Exchange's 6th Annnual Women's Lyceum. Kansas City, MO. Creating Credibility and Authority.
  • 2008: The Central Exchange's 6th Annnual Women's Lyceum, Kansas City, MO. Changing Career Paradigms: Implications for You and Your Organization.
  • 2007: Harvard University Alumni Affairs & Development Office Conference. Speak their Language: A Model for Making your Case.