Iris Bohnet

What Works

Iris Bohnet

Talk: What Works

Iris Bohnet visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss her book "What Works: Gender Equality by Design". Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people’s minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. Presenting research-based solutions, Iris Bohnet provides the tools required to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions.

Iris Bohnet

Bohnet is the director of the Women and Public Policy Program, Co-chair of the Behavioral Insights Group, and the faculty chair of the executive program, "Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century" for the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders at Harvard Kennedy School. She serves on the board of directors of Credit Suisse Group, as well as on the advisory boards of EDGE and Applied.

What Works: Gender Equality by Design

Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back and de-biasing minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Behavioral design offers a new solution. Iris Bohnet shows that by de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts—often at low cost and high speed.

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