Bay Area Tech Giant Funds Women’s Leadership Lab


With $15 million in tow, Stanford has launched the VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Lab to fund research and collaboration aimed at generating gender equality in the workplace. Building on the work of Stanford President, John Hennessy, the lab will not only identify reasons for gender bias but also formulate actionable solutions to effect change. The key here is they will be engaging companies in the process.

VMWare has given to other female advancement initiatives, like Seeds for Change, a mentorship program for high school girls considering STEM careers. But this partnership with Stanford aims to bridge the gap between academia and real-world practicality. According to VMWare CEO, Pat Gelsinger, gender equality must be considered a "social good and business imperative" in order to be attained.

Led by Stanford sociology professor, Shelley Correll, the lab partners with company managers to design policies that block gender biases. Their research indicates that engaging managers from day one will lead to ongoing improvements - a key to lasting results. Another crucial factor? Breaking the silos. When an organization finds something that works, they need to share their learnings with other organizations. LEARN MORE