Deborah Kolb

Deborah Kolb


DEBORAH M. KOLB, Ph.D. works with today’s top executives on the challenging issues of negotiation, leadership, and gender in ways that to secure wins for individuals AND their organizations. Deborah is a foremost authority in the fields of negotiation, leadership, and gender. She is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women in Leadership (Emerita) and co-founder of the Ford Foundation funded Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons College School of Management. Deborah was Former Executive Director and is currently Co-Director of the Negotiations in the Workplace Project at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. And Deborah is strategic advisor and mentor to many of today’s most successful executive women. She also served as Faculty Research Fellow at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research in 2008-2009, and is Adjunct Faculty at INSEAD. Deborah holds a BA from Vassar College, MBA from the University of Colorado, and PhD from MIT Sloan School of Management. Deborah’s deep expertise positions her to be uniquely poised to help women and leaders understand the real issues that hinder advancement to senior leadership positions. Her goal is to equip them with the concrete skills needed to negotiate successfully for the benefit of themselves, those that follow, and the organization as a whole. In that way, Deborah’s approach to negotiation secures wins for individuals AND their organizations. Engagements include Deloitte, Google, Thomson Reuters, Time Warner, IBM, Harvard University, The Ford Foundation, Citibank, Campbell Soup, Society for Human Resource Management, Unilever, Mastercard, Columbia University, and many more.

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