Morning Keynote

Mentoring and Coalition Building Between Women Engineers

Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard, Associate Professor of Management, Simmons School of Management

Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard is an Associate Professor of Management at the Simmons School of Management where she teaches organizational behavior. She is also affiliated faculty in the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons. Prior to joining Simmons, Dr. Blake-Beard was faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has also worked in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble and in the corporate human resources department at Xerox. Dr. Blake-Beard holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a MA and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Blake-Beard's research focuses on the challenges and opportunities offered by mentoring relationships, with a focus on how these relationships may be changing as a result of increasing workforce diversity. She is particularly interested in the issues women face as they develop mentoring relationships. She also studies the dynamics of formal mentoring programs in both corporate and educational settings.

Dr. Blake-Beard sits on the advisory board of a number of organizations, including MentorNet and Jobs for the Future. Dr. Blake-Beard has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, most recently from the Ford Foundation. She has given seminars for and consulted with a number of organizations on issues of diversity, implementing formal mentoring programs and team-building, including JP Morgan Partners, Chase Manhattan Bank, Swisshotel, PepsiCo, New Leaders for New Schools, Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Urban Superintendent's Program, The PhD Project, The Compact for Faculty Diversity and BBN Technology/Verizon.


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