Gender in the Workplace Panel Aims to Spark Discussion, Reflection for the Booth Community

By Andrea Mazzocco, Class of 2019

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A coalition of student groups - Graduate Business Council (GBC) Diversity Committee, Chicago Women in Business (CWiB), Common Chromosome, and OUTreach – are co-sponsoring a Gender in the Workplace panel event on Thursday, April 5th at 11:45am in Harper Center 104. The panel event is meant to start a school-wide conversation around gender equality, a topic that is highly relevant to all Booth students as they learn to navigate the workplace as future business leaders. The event will be followed by additional small group events facilitated by CWiB and Common Chromosome in order to continue the conversation.

The panel will be moderated by Booth’s Dean, Madhav Rajan, and will feature three panelists: Bryony Winn, Jaclyn Wong, and Jane Risen.

Bryony Winn is a partner at McKinsey & Company and is a leader in both their Healthcare Systems and Public Sector practices. She has supported several gender equality initiatives, including the company’s participation in LeanIn.org’s annual Women in the Workplace study. Bryony has also supported the launch of 'All In', a 'HeForShe' approach to gender equality that will engage male and female colleagues to address the implicit biases, policies, and processes that hold females back in the workplace.

Jaclyn Wong is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her research examines the intersection of gender, work, and family. She is currently studying how dual-career couples make career and relocation decisions. She has also researched how one’s attractiveness affects their earnings in the workplace and has studied the experiences of Chicago-based female lawyers in a male-dominated profession.  

Jane L. Risen is a Professor of Behavioral Science and the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She conducts research in the areas of judgment and decision making, intuitive belief formation, magical thinking, stereotyping and prejudice, and managing emotion. She is currently in the process of creating gender equality-related curriculum for Booth students.