Evan Apfelbaum is an Associate Professor at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Prior to joining BU, he was the W. Maurice Young (1961) Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Team and Group Research Fellow at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received his BS in Psychology and Music from Union College and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Tufts University.
Evan speaks and consults with organizations on issues of diversity and inclusion, leadership, culture, and teams. He has worked with a variety of different organizations, from Fortune 500 companies and law firms to hospitals and public school systems. Evan’s research has been featured in leading academic journals including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Management Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been recognized by the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize and is the recipient of the James H. Ferry Jr. Grant for Innovation in Research, an Early Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association, among other research and teaching awards. He was named one of the Top 40 Business Professors Under 40 by Poets & Quants.
Dr. Sonia Kang holds the Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto, where she is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the Rotman School of Management’s Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) and Chief Scientist, Organizations in the Behavioural Economics in Action Research Centre at Rotman (BEAR). Sonia holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto and completed a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University.
Sonia’s research explores the challenges and opportunities of identity, diversity, and inclusion. She take a novel approach by harnessing the power of behavioral insights and organizational design to disrupt systems, processes, and structures that block the path toward diversity and inclusion for individuals, organizations, and society.
Some recent themes investigated in her research include diversity and inclusion in STEM and medicine; using choice architecture to eliminate the gender gap in competition; disclosure of designated group status under the Canadian Employment Equity Act; the effects of high and low power on performance; the interpretation of equality rights under the Canadian Constitution; the effectiveness of pro-diversity statements; and the decision to reveal or conceal race and gender cues when navigating the labor market. Sonia’s research on “resume whitening” won two best paper awards and was recently ranked #3 on Financial Times’ global top 100 list of “business school research with social impact”(!).
Sonia’s research has been published widely in top-tier academic journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, The Lancet, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Annual Review of Psychology, and is frequently featured in media outlets such as The Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, Forbes, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and on CBC Radio.
Sonia is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and expert commentator with a unique ability to translate complex research findings into actionable and impactful insights.
Sonia lives in Toronto with her husband and their two young sons.
Dr. Tina Opie, the founder of Opie Consulting Group LLC, brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic management and organizational behavior. An award-winning researcher, consultant and Associate Professor of Management at Babson College, Dr. Opie advises large firms in the financial services, entertainment, media, beauty, educational, and healthcare industries.
As a consultant, she provides organizations with strategic direction on how to create more diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces. Her consulting work has helped organizations such as American Express, Hulu and the NFL. Dr. Opie’s work has appeared in such outlets as O Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and Harvard Business Review. She is also a regular commentator on Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work podcast and Greater Boston’s NPR affiliate television station WGBH. As a thought leader who combines practice and theory, her work has proven to generate high-impact solutions that unleash the power of authenticity in organizations.