Stacy Blake-Beard, Ph.D.



Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard is an Associate Professor of Management at the Simmons College School of Management where she teaches organizational behavior.  She is also Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons.  Prior to joining Simmons, Dr. Blake-Beard was faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  She has also worked in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble and in the corporate human resources department at Xerox.  Dr. Blake-Beard holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MA and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Blake-Beard’s research focuses on the challenges and opportunities offered by mentoring relationships, with a focus on how these relationships may be changing as a result of increasing workforce diversity. She is particularly interested in the issues women face as they develop mentoring relationships.  She also studies the dynamics of formal mentoring programs in both corporate and educational settings.  Dr. Blake-Beard has published research on gender, diversity, and mentoring in several publications including the Journal of Career Development, the Academy of Management Executive, the Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Management Development, the Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management Journal  and The Diversity Factor.

Dr. Blake-Beard sits on the advisory board of a number of organizations, including MentorNet, Teen Voices, the Harvard Project on Tenure, the Harvard Medical School Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, and Jobs for the Future. Dr. Blake-Beard has been the recipient of a numerous grants and fellowships, most recently from the Ford Foundation and the Robert Toigo Foundation.  She has given seminars for and consulted with a number of organizations on issues of diversity, implementing formal mentoring programs, gender and leadership, bystander awareness, unconscious bias, career action planning and team-building, including Hewlett Packard, Jobs for the Future, The Partnership, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Cisco, The Robert Toigo Foundation, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Swissotel, PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Linkage, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Conference Board, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Boston University, Connecticut College, University of Connecticut, University of Michigan, University of Texas, Harvard University, Boston Public School District, The PhD Project, The Compact for Faculty Diversity, New Leaders for New Schools and Working Mother Media.
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