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INSEAD Women at Work Conference 2021



About the INSEAD Women at Work Conference

The inaugural INSEAD Women at Work Conference was held in 2018 in celebration of INSEAD’s first female MBAs, who had graduated 50 years prior. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to connect in person in 2020 and we are still unable to do so in 2021 (but we are still planning for a full, live, real people together version for 2022 in Abu Dhabi).

The 2021 Women at Work virtual conference, will provide a forum for researchers who study gender and the experience of women in business and related contexts to discuss the latest ideas, results, and innovative projects. Presenters will span multiple perspectives (e.g., sociology, psychology, economics, management) as well as methodologies including lab and field experiments, surveys, and analyses of qualitative and archival data. 

Our goals in previous years were to increase our understanding of the root causes of gender inequality and the consequences of gender diversity, and share solution-focused methods for organisations working to develop gender balance by fully engaging and facilitating all potential talent. For 2021, we are focusing on research located at the intersections of gender issues with various identities and contexts, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, national identity, education, economic inequality, industry, etc. – as they relate to gender at work. Thus, the topic of the 2021 Women at Work Conference is: “Intersections of Identities in Context.”

This year's virtual conference will take place on Tuesday, 30 March 2021, with timings:

  • CA 6-8am
  • NY 9-11am
  • GMT 1-3pm
  • CET 2-4pm
  • AD 5-7pm
  • SGP 9-11pm

For more information about the 2021 Women at Work Conference, please email us at [email protected]

For more information about the INSEAD Gender Initiative, please click here.

2021 Programme (in UAE time) -- "Intersections of Identities in Context"

17.05-17.15Fast Friends
17.15-17.35Valerie Purdie-Greenaway (Columbia U.) -- Intersectional Invisibility: What Can Psychologists Contribute to What We Know About Intersectionality? 
17.35-17.50Katina Sawyer (George Washington U.) -- Negotiating Multiple Identities: Identity Management Strategies of Minority Leaders 
17.50-17.55Leg stretching break 
17.55-18.10May Al-Dabbagh (NYU Abu Dhabi) -- The Messy Middle: Serial Migration, Motherwork, and Global South Intersectionality 
18.10-18.25Eliot Sherman (LBS) -- Gender, Bureaucracy, and Attainment: A Study of Careers
18.25-18.55Sonia Kang (Rotman) -- Discussant presentation and interactive discussion on all presentations


Practical information

Contact Person

Soumaya Derouiche 
Conference Coordinator
Based in Abu Dhabi
[email protected]

Chiara Trombini
Postdoctoral Researcher
Conference Co-organizer
Based in Singapore
[email protected]


2019 Programme -- "What Works to Develop Gender Balance"

INSEAD Asia Campus (Singapore)


Thursday, 28 February

18:30 - 20:30Casual Dinner Meet-and-Greet at The Insiders Den (INSEAD Residence Bar)

Friday, 1 March
**If you are coming from INSEAD Residence instead of breakfast in the LDC building, please assemble at the front desk of INSEAD Residence at 08:15 to be escorted to the conference room.

07:30 - 08:30Breakfast at In The Grove (LDC Building, Level 6)
**You can ask the front desk at INSEAD Residence for directions to the LDC building.**
08:30 - 09:00Registration + Welcome Coffee (LDC Building, Level 1, Amphi 1032)
09:00 - 09:15Opening Remarks (Ilian Mihov, Dean, INSEAD)
09:15 - 10:45

Session 1 - Reframing Identities
Discussant: Katherine Phillips, Columbia Business School

1.  Steve Stroessner, Barnard College, Columbia University
"Creating Spaces Where Women and Men Can (Sometimes) Have It All: The Role Prioritization Model"
2. Ashley Martin, Stanford Graduate School of Business
"The Divergent Effects of Diversity Ideologies for Race and Gender Equality"
3.  Modupe AkinolaColumbia Business School
"To Delegate or not to Delegate: Gender Differences in Affective Associations and Behavioral Responses to Delegation"
4.  Leena Kinger Hans, INSEAD
"How Do Resource Assessments Matter for Entrepreneurial Intentions? Field Experimental Evidence among Indian Women"

10:45 - 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30

Session 2 - Resources
Discussant: Natalia Karelaia, INSEAD

5.  Jasjit Singh, INSEAD
"From Good Intentions to Real Impact: Lessons from Microfinance"
6.  Lizzie Baily Wolf, INSEAD
"Are Men More Motivated by Money than Women? Stereotypes, Predictions, Self-Reports, and Behavior"
7.  Raina Brands, London Business School
"Dropping Anchor: The Effect of Salary History Bans on Gender-Related Disparities in Hiring"
8.  Adina Sterling, Stanford Graduate School of Business
"Tryouts and Gender Inequality Among Early Career Professionals"

12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 15:30

Session 3 - Visibility and Fit
Discussant: Sabine Sczesny, University of Bern

9. Kerri Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles
"Visual Representation Impacts Judgments of Fit within an Organization"
10. Christa Nater, University of Bern
"Do Affirmative Action Measures Help or Hinder the Development of Gender Balance in Leadership Positions in the Long Run?"
11. Linda Brimm, INSEAD
"Global Cosmopolitan Women: Stories from the Field"
12. Eliot Sherman, London Business School
"Discretionary Remote Working Helps Mothers Without Harming Non-Mothers: Evidence From a Field Experiment"

15:30 - 15:45Coffee Break
15:45 - 17:15

Session 4 - Creating Opportunities for Advancement
Discussant: Zoe Kinias, INSEAD

13. Michelle Ryan, University of Exeter
"The Glass Cliff 15 Years On: Understanding the Nuances of Women’s Precarious Leadership Positions"
14. Chiara Trombini, Harvard Kennedy School
"Can Values Affirmation Reduce Gender Bias? Decreasing Men’s Backlash Toward Women"
15. Clarissa Cortland, INSEAD
"Culture Transformation in Business Schools: Evidence from INSEAD’s iW50 Campaign"
16. Toni Schmader, University of British Columbia
"Project RISE: An Evidence Based Approach to Creating a Culture of Inclusion"

17:15 - 17:30Closing Remarks (Zoe Kinias, INSEAD)
17:30 - 18:30Social Hour at The Insiders Den (INSEAD Residence Bar)
18:30Assemble at INSEAD Main Reception
18:40Depart INSEAD for dinner
19:00Dinner at Tamarind Hill

2018 Programme -- Inaugural Meeting

INSEAD Europe Campus (Fontainebleau)


Friday, 16 February

19:00 - 21:00Casual Dinner Meet-and-Greet at Le Carrousel (Mercure Hotel restaurant)

Saturday, 17 February
**Please assemble at the front desk of Mercure Hotel at 08:15 where you will be escorted to the conference room.

07:00 - 08:15Breakfast at Le Carrousel (Mercure Hotel restaurant)
08:15 - 08:30Please assemble at the front desk of Mercure Hotel at 08:15 where you will be escorted to the conference room.
08:30 - 09:00Registration + Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 09:15Welcome Address (Laurence Capron, Dean of Faculty, INSEAD)
09:15 - 09:30Opening Remarks (Mikki Hebl, Rice University)
09:30 - 11:05

Session 1 - The "What": Appraisals of Women and Representation
Discussant: Steve Stroessner, Barnard College
1.  Kerri Johnson, University of California - Los Angeles
"The Pervasive Impact of Gendered Appearance for Working Women"
2. Ned SmithKellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
"Better in the Shadows? Public Attention, Media Coverage, and Market Reactions to Female CEO Announcements"
3.  Kaisa SnellmanINSEAD
"The Risks of Representation: Spillovers from Scandalized Clients"
4.  Ithai Stern, INSEAD
"Gender's Impact on Directors' Career Trajectories"
5.  Camille Johnson, San Jose State University
"Women's Underrepresentation on the Academic Stage"

11:05 - 11:25Coffee Break
11:25 - 13:00Session 2 - The "Why": Stereotype (Mis)Fit and Consequences for Women
Discussant: Alice Eagly, Northwestern University
6.  Hannah Riley BowlesHarvard Kennedy School
"Reconceptualizing Gender in Career Negotiations: Asking, Bending, and Shaping"
7.  Sarah Thébaud, University of California - Santa Barbara
"When do Work-Family Policies Work for Men and Women?"
8.  Peter Younkin, McGill University
"Don't Do It: The Employment Prospects of Entrepreneurs"
9.  Andrei Cimpian, New York University
"The Link Between Beliefs about Brilliance and Diversity in Science and Beyond"
10.  Raina Brands, London Business School
"The Effect of Social Network Structure on Stereotype Threat and Women's Entrepreneurial Success"
13:00 - 14:30Lunch
14:30 - 15:50

Session 3 - The "How": Person-Level Solutions for Women
Discussant: Eden King, Rice University
11. Valerie Purdie-GreenawayColumbia University
"Do the Ties that Bind Us Hurt or Help Us? Gender, Social Networks, and Negotiation Performance"
12. Aneeta Rattan, London Business School
"What Happens After Prejudice is Confronted in the Workplace? How Mindsets Affect Minorities' and Women's Outlook on Future Social Relations"
13. Sameer Srivastava, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
"The Limits of Brief Social Psychological Interventions: Evidence from a Field Experiment in a Global Technology Firm"
14. Zoe Kinias, INSEAD
"Facilitating Women’s Success in Business in Two Stages:  An Affirmation Intervention and Knowledge Sharing to Motivate Gender Balance"

15:50 - 16:10Coffee Break
16:10 - 17:30Session 4 - The "How": Contextual-Level Solutions
Discussant: Herminia Ibarra, London Business School
15. Clarissa Cortland, INSEAD
"Predicting Gender Balance Motivations and Actions among Global Leaders: The Role of Perceived Bias"
16. Toni Schmader, University of British Columbia
"Engendering Success in Engineering: The Social Dynamics of Social Identity Threat"
17. Sabine Sczesny, University of Bern, Switzerland
"Women's Careers: What's Language Got to Do With It?"
18. Robin Ely, Harvard Business School
"Advancing Structural Equality in Organizations through Leadership Development"
17:30 - 17:40Reflection and Closing Remarks (Wendy Wood, University of Southern California)
17:40 - 17:45Closing Thanks (Zoe Kinias, INSEAD)



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