Sarah Kaplan


Sarah Kaplan is Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE), Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is author of the business bestseller, Creative Destruction and Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business. Her latest book, The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation appeared 2019. An innovation scholar by training, her research has covered how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies in biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. Her current work focuses on applying an innovation lens to understanding the challenges for achieving gender equality.

She is regularly sought out by policy makers, corporate leaders and think tanks as a speaker, expert witness and advisor.

Learn more about Sarah Kaplan’s work at GATE in the video below.


Formerly a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (where she remains a Senior Fellow), and a consultant and innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company in New York, she completed her doctoral research at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has a BA with honors in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in International Relations and International Economics with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

She was a strategic lead in the development of a Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada in 2020 and co-author of 360º Governance: Where are the Directors in a World in Crisis in 2021. She has authored or co-authored “An Equity Lens on Artificial Intelligence” (2022) in the Rotman Management Magazine, “How the Caring Economy Can Revive Us” (2021) in Corporate Knights,  “Gender Equality as an Innovation Challenge” (2017) in the Rotman Management Magazine, “The Risky Rhetoric of Female Risk Aversion” (2016) in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Meritocracy: From Myth to Reality” in the Rotman Management Magazine(2015), “The Rise of Gender Capitalism,” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (2014) and many other articles.

Her personal website is here.