Kellie A. McElhaney is a leading expert on equity fluent leadership, value-creating strategies of diversity and inclusion, and corporate social responsibility. She is on the Berkeley Haas faculty as a Distinguished Teaching Fellow and is 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. 

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When you hear that someone makes a list of top most influential leaders, it’s easy to assume they were driven by a clear vision for their career since they were young.

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, let’s not forget; Harvard-Haas Business School’s Kellie McElhaney has made that case for years, using hard numbers to demonstrate that companies with a larg

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