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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

INSEAD's research on anti-racism, gender balance and other key topics related to creating fairer, more representative organisations.

In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd in the United States and protests in over 60 countries, global attention to DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) has experienced a long-overdue resurgence. As the need for more inclusive forms of leadership and culture becomes apparent, we focus here on the informed perspectives of INSEAD experts focusing on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and their intersections. These thought leaders -- both faculty and their close collaborators with rich experience in practice -- inform understanding of how to develop DEI and address identified DEI development needs.

INSEAD's research on anti-racism, gender balance and other key topics related to creating fairer, more representative organisations.

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Disruption as a Force for Good? Gender Balance and COVID-19

Zoe Kinias & Vinika D. Rao

The pandemic may disproportionately affect women around the world – but it need not imperil the hard-earned progress towards gender balance.


Seven Lessons From Refugees Who Became Entrepreneurs

Claire Harbour & Antoine Tirard

The inspiring stories of four people who relaunched their career from scratch.

Leadership & Organisations

The Powerful Leadership of African Women

Six women leading the way and inspiring others to realise their potential.

Leadership & Organisations

Challenging Assumptions About Flexible Work

Zoe Kinias & Felicia A. Henderson

How a CEO built better work-life balance in the gruelling property industry.

Leadership & Organisations

Five Qualities for Leading Business in the 21st Century

In an age of uncertainty, people need inspiration.


An Action Plan for Work-Family Balance

Finding the right balance for your personal and professional life requires conscious planning, ample reflection and proper communication.

Leadership & Organisations

Enabling Productive Thinking to Develop Gender Balance

Zoe Kinias

Subtle mental shifts can increase people’s responsiveness to the gender gap, and their commitment to doing something about it.


A New Framework for Corporate Activism

Knowing when – and how – to appropriately speak out on political issues is becoming a core skill for business leaders.


‘Pink Silos’ in Start-up Funding and How to Avoid Them

Isabelle Solal

Female entrepreneurs and female investors risk being boxed in if they seek only each other’s company.


Integrating Diversity Into Business Education

Z Kinias, M Akinola, A Carter, M Norton, K Phillips

Conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion can be uncomfortable. But business school classrooms need to embrace them nonetheless.

Economics & Finance

Getting Rid of Gender Bias in Venture Capital

M Varadan, K Hassan, C Zeisberger

The gender gap in VC doesn’t merely reflect society’s sexism. It’s an alarm bell, warning of an industry’s obsolescence.

Leadership & Organisations

Coming Out at Work

Elizabeth Florent Treacy

Practitioner research sheds light on how LGBTQ equality in the workplace benefits everyone, and how best to promote it.


Composing a Life of Complex Change

Firms can benefit greatly from helping experienced global professionals transition to headquarters and a geographically settled life.


The Challenges Faced by Global Cosmopolitan Women

Linda Brimm

To tap the full potential of these agents for change, organisations must listen and push beyond assumptions.
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Leadership & Organisations

Building Gender Balance Against the Odds

B Kessler, C Cortland, Z Kinias

To enable women’s advancement where it’s needed most, individual, interpersonal and institutional changes are required.