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Kellie A. McElhaney

Founding Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership
Distinguished Teaching Fellow
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1-3, or by appointment, F414
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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PhD, Higher Education (Business Cognate), University of Michigan
MA, Organizational Behavior/Management, Ohio University
BA, Political Science, English, University of North Carolina

Positions Held

At Haas since 2002

2017 – present, Founding Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership, Haas School of Business
2008 – present, Faculty, Institute for Business and Social Impact, Haas School of Business
2002 – present, Adjunct Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
2008 – 2012, Margo N. Alexander Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility, Haas School of Business
2002 – 2008, John C. Whitehead Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility, Haas School of Business
2002 – 2009, Executive Director & Founder, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business
1994 – 2002, Managing Director, Corporate Environmental Management Program, University of Michigan Business School
1993 – 2002, Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Business School
1992 – 1993, Visiting Professor, Sichuan International Studies University
1991 – 1992, Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati
1989 – 1992, Fifth Third Bancorp

Visiting Positions

2014 – present, Outotec, Finland

2014 – present, Sedgwick Women’s Forum

2014 – present, Pacific Community Ventures

2013 – present, Sierra Global Management

2013 – 2014, Management Institute of Finland

2010 – 2014, Visiting Professor, EADA, Barcelona, Spain

2006 – 2014, Visiting Professor, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, UNC Chapel Hill

2007, Visiting Professor, Institut d’Administration des Enterprises, University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France

1992 – 1993, Visiting Professor, Sichuan International Studies University, Sichuan, China

External Service and Assignments

  • TEDx Talk
  • Advisory Board, Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, Atalanta Capital, SustainAbility
  • Faculty Advisor, Women in Leadership
  • Sustainability Advisory Council, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Consultant, Walmart e-Commerce
  • Board Member, Equita.com

Current Research and Interests

  • The business value of investing in gender and equity globally, in business, and in individual leadership positions
  • Women as corporate leaders and the firms improved financial, environmental, and social performance
  • Analyzing and developing company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy and alignment with corporate strategy, business objectives, core competencies, and value creation
  • Exploring the linkage between women, business leadership, and corporate sustainability
  • The business value and opportunities in branding, communication, and CSR


Selected Papers and Publications

  • Eliminating the Gender Pay Gap: Gap Inc. Leads the Way“, 2017
  • Wal-Mart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative“, 2014
  • “The Roadmap Toward Effective Strategic Social Partnerships”, 2013
  • “Wal-mart’s Women’s Economic Initiative”, 2013
  • Women Create a Sustainable Future,” with S. Mobasseri, 2013
  • “Sustainable Apparel Coalition”, with C. Kester & D. Ledyard, 2012
  • Just Good Business, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010
  • “Designing sustainability at BMW Group: The Designworks/USA experience,” with Natalie Hill & Michael Toffel, in The Global Compact Learning Forum: From Principles to Practice. New York: United Nations, 2004.
  • Designing Sustainability at BMW Group: The Designworks/ USA Experience. Strategic Sustainability: The State-of-the-Art in Corporate Environmental Management Systems, with Toffel, Michael W., and Hill, Natalie. Greener Management International, 2005.
  • “Human Right in Business: The Case of Hewlett-Packard United Nation Global Compact,” with Natalie Hill, in UN Global Compact case book. 2004.
  • “Ways in Which Academia Can Assist Business in CSR Programmes,” in The International Chamber of Commerce Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility 2003. London: PPf Publishing, 2003.
  • “Strategic Partnerships in Corporate Social Responsibility.” Welcoming Brief for G8 Summit in London and Dubai (November 2003).
  • “Developing a Management Systems Approach to Sustainability at BMW Group,” with Natalie Hill and Michael W. Toffel. Corporate Environmental Strategy: International Journal of Corporate Sustainability 10, no. (2003): 29-39.
  • “BMW Group’s Sustainability Management System: Preliminary Results, Ongoing Challenges, the UN Global Compact,” with Michael W. Toffel and Natalie Hill. Corporate Environmental Strategy: International Journal of Corporate Sustainability 10, no. 3 (2003): 51-61.


  • Business Solutions for Global Mega Trends
  • The Business Case for Investing in Women
  • Women in Business


Honors and Awards

  • Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award, 2012-2013
  • Founder & Visionary Award, Center for Responsible Business, 2013
  • Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award, 2005 (Video tribute, RealPlayer required.)
  • “40 Under 40” leaders racing ahead of their time by the East Bay Business Times, 2004
  • Finalist in Fast Company‘s Fast 50 list, 2004
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award, UMBS, nominated, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Outstanding GSI Teaching Award, 1997, The University of Michigan


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