Lisa Leslie

November 18, 2019

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Building, 701 Tappan, Robertson Auditorium, Ann Arbor

Lisa M. Leslie
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations
New York University

About the talk

Diversity initiatives are prevalent, but not necessarily effective. These initiatives at times not only fail to result in the intended consequence of increased diversity and inclusion, but also produce unintended consequences that undermine their effectiveness. In this presentation, Leslie will describe the unintended consequences diversity initiatives can produce and provide examples of how even well-intentioned efforts to foster diversity and inclusion can go astray. She will also discuss strategies for making diversity initiatives more effective and thus better leveraging the positive consequences of diversity for individuals, organizations, and societies.

About Leslie

Lisa M. Leslie is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Stern School of Business, New York University. She received her AB in Social Psychology from Princeton University and her MA and PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining Stern in 2013, she spent six years as an Assistant Professor at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Leslie’s research focuses on diversity in organizations, and specifically understanding why organizational diversity initiatives often produce unintended consequences and what can be done to make them more effective. She also has secondary research interests in cross-cultural organizational behavior and conflict management. Leslie has received many awards for her research, which has appeared in journals spanning a number of different disciplines, and has served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal.


Lindred Greer, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations


The Center for Positive Organizations thanks University of Michigan Organizational Learning, Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Lisa and David (MBA ’87) Drews, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ’75) Jones for their support of the 2019-20 Positive Links Speaker Series.

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