Sarah Kaplan

Sarah Kaplan is Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction and most recently Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business. Her current research continues this exploration of how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies. Her studies examine the biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. Her interest in gender lens investing is in understanding how whole new ecosystems can be built. She recently authored “Gender Equality as an Innovation Challenge” in the Rotman Magazine (2017), “The Risky Rhetoric of Female Risk Aversion” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (2016), “Meritocracy: From Myth to Reality” in the Rotman Magazine (2015), “The Rise of Gender Capitalism,” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (2014).

Reframing Gender Equality Challenges in the Workplace as Innovation Challenges

A 2015 study found that there were more CEOs of S&P 1500 companies named John or David than there were women in the U.S. What can be done to get more women in upper management or on boards of big companies? And how can we ensure they’re getting equal pay to their male counterparts?

Sarah Kaplan has a few ideas.

Kaplan is the Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy, a Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy, and Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management.

We spoke to her about the work being done at the Institute, gender wage gap myths, and how the western world’s emphasis on talent and skill leaves privilege in the workplace unchecked.