Dr. Linda Babcock, Carnegie Mellon University
James M. Walton Professor of Economics &
Chair, Department of Social and Decision Sciences
Babcock’s 2003 book, Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide was named by Fortune Magazine as one of the 75 smartest business books of all time. This book also was an Honorable Mention for the Independent Publisher Book Awards and Biz Journal’s top 20 most important business books ever written. In 1991 and 2001 she received the Heinz School’s award for teaching excellence.
Babcock’s research is conducted at the interface between economics and psychology. Her recent work focuses on barriers to women in the workplace. Her research has appeared in the most prestigious economics, industrial relations, psychology, organizational behavior, and law journals. Her research has been discussed in hundreds of newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and abroad and she has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs discussing her work. She has received numerous research grants from the National Science Foundation.
Jodi Bondi Norgaard, Entrepreneur, Speaker & Activist
Founder, Dream Big Toy Company
Creator, Go! Go! Sports Girls
Jodi is a leader in the toy industry breaking gender stereotypes since 2009, when she launched the plush sports dolls built in specification to a real girl’s body. Her inspiration came in 2007 after shopping for a doll with her then 9-year-old daughter and finding a doll with belly baring clothing, high heels and make-up, named ‘Lovely Lola.’ Jodi knows girls are strong, smart and adventurous and the importance of emphasizing what a girl’s body can do versus what her body looks like.
She has been featured on national media including The Today Show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Forbes, Upworthy, Parents, Shape, Self, Runner’s World, Advertising Age, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Huffington Post. In 2016, Jodi was invited by The White House to participate in a conference on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.
She is a board member of Girls on the Run – Chicago and is a founding member of The Brave Girl Alliance, a think tank of girl empowerment experts. In October 2016 the Go! Go! Sports Girls brand was acquired by Jazwares, an established cutting edge toy company.
Ginger Graham, Two Trees Consulting
President & CEO
Ginger Graham is the President and CEO of Two Trees Consulting. She consults to first-time CEO’s in the areas of leadership, strategy, board-effectiveness, and organization-building. She is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, CA, focused on diabetes and obesity. During Ginger’s tenure at Amylin, the company launched two first-in-class medicines for people with diabetes, was listed on the Nasdaq 100 and was rated as one of the Top 10 places in the industry for scientists to work. Prior to her time at Amylin, Ms. Graham was Group Chairman, Office of the President for Guidant Corporation, a major cardiovascular medical device manufacturer based in Indianapolis, IN. She has received numerous awards and honors including being named as the Emerging Company Executive of the Year by the Global Health Council in 2005, a Finalist in Marketwatch’s CEO of the Year in 2006, and named as the American Diabetes Association’s Woman of Valor award in 2006. She was included in Pharma VOICE’s “100 of the Most Inspiring People” list in 2006 and World Pharmaceuticals magazine named her number 10 on a list of 40 most influential people in the industry in 2007. Ms. Graham was the first woman CEO named to the PhRMA Board and Executive Committee. She serves on the Boards of Directors for numerous companies and is part of on a number of academic committees at Harvard, Kellogg and other universities. Ms. Graham taught entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and has written forthe Harvard Business Review. She received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas, and holds an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University.