Center for Gender in Organizations

Center for Gender in Organizations

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Center for Gender in Organizations

 Boston, United States 

Simmons School of Management
Simmons College 


The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) serves as a leadership forum for scholars and executives determined to improve organizational effectiveness by strengthening gender equity and diversity in the workplace.

CGO is an integral part of Simmons School of Management, which serves as a center for teaching, research and discourse on women and leadership.

Main Activities

Our work has four powerful dimensions:
  1. Action — We are delivering a call to action that is helping executives understand that gender issues truly matter and that dealing strategically and systematically with gender equity in work practices improves organizational performance.
  2. Research — We conduct rigorous original research that serves to advance thinking and practice in our areas of specialization and to give our members, sponsors and the public important strategies, tools and metrics for building gender equity.
  3. Outreach — We serve as speakers, consultants, trainers, authors and respected experts for the media as part of a highly focused dissemination program.
  4. Membership — We are a membership organization helping scholars, practitioners and others benefit from and contribute to a growing body of important work.

Organizational Structure

The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) is helping to shift how decision-makers think and act in terms of gender equity, diversity and organizational effectiveness. Our research demonstrates that gender equity and diversity greatly improve work practice and businesses benefit when they view gender equity as a strategic imperative and a source of competitive advantage. It is this vital link between gender equity and productivity that forms the cornerstone of CGO's work.

In addition, our Affiliates serve as speakers, consultants, trainers and developers of customized research. It is this rare combination of research and practice that gives our work practical immediacy that allows us to improve individual, team and organizational performance. Current partnerships include  the Fish Family Foundation, the United States-Japan Foundation, the Network of Executive Women, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, as well as several rights-based nonprofit organizations. We are a sub-contractor for the National Institutes of Health.

CGO's 2012-2013 research stream focuses on simultaneity- the combination of multiple social identities such as gender, race, and class. Furthermore, in partnership with a leadership development organization for girls, we are exploring what middle school girls are thinking about their careers. CGO is also conducting a study about women as primary earners as well as a multi-phase project about Women's Networks and their impact on women's advancement.


Patricia Deyton