When and Why People Ask for Time and Intangible Support with Ashley Whillans of HBS


Monday, October 31, 2022, 3:00pm to 4:15pm


Hosted Online

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We sometimes struggle to ask for the intangible resources—like time and support--that we need to be successful. Dr. Whillans’ session will explore how demographic factors like gender and socioeconomic status shape our willingness to ask for help. She will also discuss pilot data on the organizational interventions that encourage people—regardless of their background—to feel more comfortable asking for the time that they need to succeed.

This seminar is organized by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) and co-sponsored by the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School, which is an inter-university consortium among Harvard, MIT and Tufts, dedicated to connecting rigorous research and scholarship with deep understanding of practice.

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Ashley Whillans is an assistant professor in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, where her research focuses on time, money, and happiness. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia. In 2016 and 2018, she was named a Rising Star of Behavioral Science from the Behavioral Science & Policy Association. In 2022, she won an Emerging Career Trajectory Award from the Society for Personality & Social Psychology.