Women and Leadership in the United States: Why Do the Gender Gaps Persist?


Thursday, September 20, 2018, 11:40am to 1:00pm


Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102
Karen Lyness, Professor of Psychology, Baruch College; Doctoral Faculty, Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program, Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)
In this seminar, Karen Lyness summarizes findings and a model based on a review and synthesis of the leadership literature, with a particular focus on the private sector (Lyness & Grotto, 2018). The multilevel, organizational model of Barriers and Facilitators of Female Leader Empowerment, is called the BAFFLE female leadership model to highlight the baffling complexities and limited success to date in addressing the underrepresentation of women in leadership, particularly at elite levels. Whereas many theories about these issues focus on a particular type of barrier or facilitator of women’s leadership, the BAFFLE model emphasizes the need to take a more systemic perspective in addressing organizational leadership gender gaps. Karen concludes the seminar with a discussion of potential applications and implications of these ideas.