2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

What Works: Gender Equality by Design

Tuesday, March 15
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom D
531 E 4th St

Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and debiasing people’s minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. In an effort to make workplaces more effective and inclusive, companies have tried special training programs and a score of other techniques to change the way employees think. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. Building on new insights into the human mind, Bohnet draws on data from companies, universities, and governments, often from randomized controlled trials, and offers evidence-based interventions. Presenting research-based solutions from her new book, What Works, Iris Bohnet shares the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions. More can be done—often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed.

Hashtags: #sxsw #WhatWorks


Iris Bohnet at SXSW

Iris Bohnet

Prof of Public Policy & Dir Women & Public Policy Program

Harvard Kennedy School

Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, serves as director of the Women and Public Policy Program, co-chair (with Max Bazerman) of the Behavioral Insights Group, an a...

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