EGAL Researcher Profile

Sonya Mishra is a doctoral researcher at the Haas School of Business. Sonya employs social experiments and big data insights to examine how gender inequalities manifest in workplace environments. Through studying the mechanisms behind prejudice and discrimination, Sonya seeks to develop intervention methods to encourage diversity and equality. She is also a two time recipient of EGAL’s annual research grants program, most recently to support her research exploring how heightened perceptions of women and minorities’ ethical behavior encourages greater engagement.

We connected with Sonya recently through this Q&A. She shares more about her research, how it ties into her lived…


EGAL Researcher Profile

Gauri Subramani is a PhD candidate at the Haas School of Business. Her research involves quantifying the magnitude of gender and resource inequality in innovation contexts, and identifying the mechanisms by which these arise, along with opportunities for interventions to reduce performance gaps. She is also a recipient of EGAL’s Research Grants Program to support her research on the drivers of the gender gap in innovation as measured by patent outcomes.

Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked as a political appointee in the Office of Economic Policy at the Department of Treasury under President Obama. …


On March 31, 2021, three inspiring women joined UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business Manbassadors, the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL), and Financial Women of San Francisco in a discussion around the impacts and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on workplace wellness. Our speakers shared their perspectives and reactions to the record numbers of women dropping out of the workforce and the continued physical and mental health implications for the women who remain.

Prior to the pandemic, 75% of “unpaid work” — from childcare, to caretaking, to cooking, to housework — had been done by women, who spend…


On March 30, 2021, the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) and the Berkeley Haas DEI team hosted a story slam as part of Women’s History month, featuring some phenomenal women from Berkeley Haas telling their stories of hope, strength and perseverance. It was an inspiring session, below are some of the stories.

Guadalupe Manriquez is a current full-time MBA student at Haas, a double bear, and a prior fiscal advisor at the California Department of Finance overseeing policy & budget proposals for public healthcare programs. Guadalupe took the audience on a journey through her life, starting with the…


On March 4, 2021, the Berkeley Haas Women in Leadership (WIL) group launched its 25th annual conference on the theme, “New Leadership for a New World”. The COVID pandemic presented complex challenges to businesses in all industries, and the conference celebrated women leaders who have been at the center of it all, showing their true grit and resilience during times of crisis. Using their leadership skills, they continue to lead through social and public health upheavals and uncertainties. What kind of leadership skills did they utilize? A two-day agenda, packed with the stories of more than 25 female leaders, including…


With applicant numbers doubling since last year, the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL) hosted their fourth annual Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition on April 2, 2021. Five teams from three top MBA programs competed, pitching early stage social ventures in front of a virtual audience of community members, students, and judges.

The Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition provides an opportunity for business students to pitch innovative solutions to issues of exclusion and marginalization. Since 2018, the competition has seen immense growth and reach to MBA programs spanning across the country. …


On February 17, 2021, Berkeley alum, Freada Kapor Klein, joined the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership’s AmpEquity Speaker Series to discuss the gap-closing thesis of Kapor Capital and its impact on communities of color. Klein’s upbringing in a family with a strong cultural jewish identity exposed her to hardships that made her a firm believer that “none of us are free until all of us are free.” This mindset has guided her life’s work where she has dedicated her career to addressing barriers and uplifting marginalized people. She is an entrepreneur, activist, and pioneer in the field of organizational…


Learnings from our speaker series on “Advancing Inclusive AI”

By Genevieve Smith and Ishita Rustagi

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly, impacting all areas of our lives. AI is also increasingly being used for “social good”, tackling issues spanning climate change, inequality, financial inclusion, and healthcare. This is exciting, and we must continue exploring how this technology can solve some of the world’s toughest issues. At the same time, it is important to ensure these systems are built and managed in ways that do not inadvertently perpetuate inequities in our society. That is, it is important to work towards ‘inclusive AI’.

The concept of inclusive AI is twofold. It includes having inclusive…


On October 29, 2020 the Science of Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (SODI) partnered with the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL), to host their second virtual convening of the year. The goal? To bring together behavioral scientists and business leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion to advance racial equity in the workplace.

Amidst a year of tremendous movement to demand racial equity across the globe, supporting a virtual space for the SODI and EGAL communities to come together was a top priority for the partnership. …


On November 18, 2020, The Berkeley Haas Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership (EGAL), theBoardlist, and Berkeley Haas Development and Alumni Relations hosted a fireside chat on best practices for board diversity. The discussion featured Shannon Gordon, theBoardlist CEO, and Elena Gomez, CFO at Zendesk. Gordon has spent her career building and scaling innovative customer experiences at retail and logistics companies. In her current role, she is focused on building technology that brings access and transparency to the expansive pipeline of board-ready women. …

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