Sarah Kaplan is Distinguished Professor, Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE), and Professor of Strategic Management, at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction. Her latest book—The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation—is based on her award-winning course at the Rotman School. An innovation specialist by training, her current research focuses on applying an innovation lens to social challenges such as gender inequality. She was a strategic lead in developing the Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada. In 2020, she launched a 5-course Specialization on Coursera: Gender Analytics: Gender Equity Through Inclusive Design which is aimed at building skills to do intersectional gender-based analysis for products, services and policies. She regularly speaks to the media and advises corporations, governments and agencies on policies related to gender equality such as board diversity, care work, employment, pay equity, gender-based analysis and other topics. Formerly a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (where she remains a Senior Fellow), and an innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company, she earned her PhD at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
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.