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Silicon Beach July Meeting
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Category: Silicon Beach

Join us via Zoom for our Silicon Beach meeting.

We'll be welcoming Heather Caruso, assistant dean at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In this meeting, we’ll talk about the necessity of equitable and inclusive leadership in our diverse world, with a focus on effectively addressing the challenges, and maximizing benefit from the opportunities. Drawing on behavioral science as well as private sector experience as Director of Engineering in a multi-national Silicon Valley e-commerce firm, Professor Caruso will draw attention to the new insights and skills professionals need to meet the great and growing calls for greater diversity in organizations.

 About the Speaker

Heather Caruso is a faculty member and assistant dean at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, with a passion for helping people to grow, inspire, and work effectively together. 

 Passion for facilitating collaborative success runs deep in Heather’s life, and emerged most intensely during her years as an engineer and executive in a multinational Silicon Valley startup. There she observed several fascinating ways in which interpersonal problems in diverse firms can derail even the most talented teams and employees, while effective collaboration raises workforce contributions to new heights. As a result of these experiences, Heather decided to devote herself to helping organizations—especially those with diverse workforces—to achieve the latter benefits, leaving her position as Director of Engineering to do her A.M. in Social Psychology and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior - Social Psychology, both at Harvard. Thus layering rigorous academic training on top of practical experience, Heather’s interests ultimately grounded themselves in leadership priorities: facilitating collaboration and inclusion (esp. for diverse teams); managing identity, power, and influence; and strategies for optimal choice, judgment, decision making. After pursuing these interests in over a decade of teaching, research administration, and scholarship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Heather moved to UCLA Anderson to enrich and expand her work. 

Heather stays connected to the everyday priorities and challenges of the workplace by consulting for private- and public-sector organization leaders across the globe, as well as by teaching classes in inclusive leadership, collaborative dynamics and power and influence. As part of this work, Heather has also partnered with Chicago’s The Second City to co-found the Second Science Project, which provides skill-building leadership workshops at the intersection of robust behavioral research and professional improvisational practice. 

Please watch the training and read the documents on the BP ZOOM Resource Center, so you are prepared for the meeting. It is essential that you RSVP 24 hours in advance using the link below, so our Membership Coordinator can send you the meeting information promptly.

Cost: Free


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