Rebecca Dixon is currently the executive director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP). In her current position, Ms. Dixon has led the initiative to build and contribute to a strong workers’ rights movement that dismantles structural racism, eliminates economic inequality, and builds worker power. Throughout her time at NELP, she has fostered and facilitated many efforts and milestones achieved by the workers’ rights movement. She has continued to expand her efforts through serving on and participating in groups such as the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race; the Georgetown Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership Racial Equity Working Group; the Economic Analysis and Research Network in the South; and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development’s Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative and Expert of Color Network. Ms. Dixon received her B.A. and M.A. in English from Duke University and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law.
Dr. Lisette Garcia is the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) at Penn State University. In this role she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the University’s strategic plan for DIB for the University Park Campus and the 20+ campuses across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to accepting this role, Garcia was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. HACR works with Fortune 500 companies to develop and evaluate their Hispanic inclusion strategies for talent, suppliers, and corporate leadership. Garcia has dedicated her career to exploring educational and employment issues within the realm of corporate social responsibility, discrimination, and diversity and inclusion. Garcia has published several articles on employment discrimination and Latino educational attainment in scholarly journals. Garcia received a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in labor and industrial relations and sociology, an M.S. from Virginia Tech in sociology, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Sociology.
Claudia D. Goldin
Claudia D. Goldin is the Henry Lee Professor of economics at Harvard University and was the director of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)’s Development of the American Economy program from 1989 to 2017. She recently became co-director of the NBER's Gender in the Economy Study Group. Dr. Goldin is an economic historian and a labor economist. Her research covers a wide range of topics, including the female labor force, the gender gap in earnings, income inequality, technological change, education, and immigration. Most of her research interprets the present through the lens of the past and explores the origins of current issues of concern. Dr. Goldin is known for her work concerning the history of women’s quest for career and family, coeducation in higher education, the impact of the “Pill” on women’s career and marriage decisions, women’s surnames after marriage as a social indicator, the reasons why women are now the majority of undergraduates, and the new lifecycle of women’s employment. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She is the former president of the American Economic Association and the Economic History Association. Dr. Goldin received the 2019 BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge award and the 2020 Nemmers award, both in economics. She earned a B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Judith K. Hellerstein
Judith K. Hellerstein is professor and chair of the department of economics and a faculty associate at the Maryland Population Research Center, both at the University of Maryland. She is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and currently serves as chair of the Technical Review Committee of the National Longitudinal Surveys. Dr. Hellerstein served as the chief economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers 2011-2012. Her main area of research focuses on labor market outcomes across gender, race, and ethnicity. Much of her research uses large administrative data sets to study the importance of geography and networks in the labor market outcomes of workers. Some of her recent publications include “Labor Market Networks and Recovery from Mass Layoffs: Evidence from the Great Recession Period”, in the Journal of Urban Economics; “Social Capital Determinants and Labor Market Networks” in the Journal of Regional Science; and "Do Labor Markets Have an Important Spatial Dimension?" in the Journal of Urban Economics; Dr. Hellerstein received her Sc.B. in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University and an A.M. and a Ph.D. in economics both from Harvard University.
Elizabeth Hirsh is associate professor of sociology and Canada Research Chair in Law and Inequality at the University of British Columbia. She studies gender and race inequality, organizational dynamics, and legal mobilization. Much of her research in these areas focuses on employment discrimination and the impact of legal claims and diversity policies on gender, race, and ethnic inequality at work. Her most recent research projects include an analysis of the impact of employment discrimination lawsuits on managerial diversity and a study of how workplace flexibility policies affect motherhood wage penalties. Her work has been published in several top journals, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Law and Society Review. Dr. Hirsh served on the National Academies’ panel on Measuring and Collecting Pay Information from U.S. Employers by Gender, Race, and National Origin. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington.
Robert L. Lattimer
Robert L. Lattimer is the non-resident scholar for diversity studies at Rutgers University, visiting professor of management, School of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney-Australia, and member of the Centre for Workforce Futures, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney-Australia. Robert is recognized as a trusted strategic adviser to the presidents of countries, chief executive officers, and to the leaders of emerging organizations. He is often referred to as a results-oriented expert regarding organization strategy, diversity in society, and within the global workforce. Robert is the published author of several peer review articles and book chapters that address issues of diversity, public policy, and global competitiveness. His diversity research helped shape United States Public Policy in higher education pertaining to the Supreme Court of the United States of America, Nos. 02-241-and 02-516, Barbara Grutter V. Lee Bollinger, the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan, at which the Court affirmed diversity as the nation’s law by a decision of 5 of the 9 justices of the Court; Robert was considered an authority of the Court. Robert was appointed by Thabo Mebki, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, as the lead consultant to assist the national leadership with its transformation and reconstruction plans. He worked with President Mebki, Executive Chairman Maxwell Tamsanqua Maisela, and others at providing a new vision, mission, and strategy for the country, period covering 1996 to 2008. Robert also performs as a member of the teaching faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, where he taught courses on global poverty and case studies on public policy formation, and as a Scholar for Diversity Studies, at the John J. Heldrich Center, where he conducts workforce diversity research, both at Rutgers University. In the private sector, he was the global practice leader of Diversity Consulting, at Towers Perrin Consulting, and was a partner at Andersen/Accenture Consulting in the firm’s strategy practice. Robert’s international travel involves France, Australia, Ireland, India, Sri Lanka, Republic of South Africa, Namibia, Canada, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, where he performs as a consultant, visiting professor, lecturer, and examines the economic and management processes. Robert is a 1973 honors graduate of Rutgers University with dual degrees in economics and political science; from the Columbia Business School, Arden House Program 1978. He is also certified as a diversity consultant by The American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc., an affiliate of Morehouse College.
Kristen M. Olson
Kristen M. Olson is the Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson professor in sociology and director of the Bureau of Sociological Research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Olson’s research focuses on survey methods, with a particular focus on why measurement, nonresponse, and coverage errors occur in surveys, as well as survey costs. She is specifically interested in the interaction between interviewer and respondent, and what we can learn from paradata (keystroke files, response timing data, and call records), behavior codes, and survey data about the quality of interviewer-administered surveys. Dr. Olson recently chaired a task force for American Association for Public Opinion Research on surveys that transition from interviewer-administered to self-administered or mixed mode surveys. Dr. Olson is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. She is an elected fellow of American Sociological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Olson has served on National Academies panels on Contingent Work and Alternate Work Arrangements, Reengineering the Census Bureau's Annual Economic Surveys, and a Research Agenda for the Future of Social Science Data Collection. She has a B.A. in mathematical methods in the social sciences and sociology from Northwestern University; an M.S. degree in survey methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park; and a Ph.D. in survey methodology from the University of Michigan.
Valerie Rawlston Wilson
Valerie Rawlston Wilson is a labor economist and director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Prior to joining EPI she was vice president of research at the National Urban League Policy Institute Washington Bureau. She currently serves on the board of the National Economics Association and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Academic Advisory Panel. She has written extensively on various issues impacting economic inequality in the United States—including employment and training, income and wealth disparities, access to higher education, and social insurance—and has also appeared in print, television, and radio media. In 2010, through the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, she was selected to deliver the keynote address at a Minority Economic Empowerment event at the Nobel Peace Center. Dr. Wilson served on the National Academies’ panel on Measuring and Collecting Pay Information from U.S. Employers by Gender, Race, and National Origin. Dr. Wilson earned a B.A. in economics from Hampton University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Donald Tomaskovic-Devey is professor of sociology and the founding director of the Center for Employment Equity at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He studies the processes that generate workplace inequality where he has projects on the impact of financialization upon U.S. income distribution, workplace desegregation and equal opportunity, network models of labor market structure, and relational inequality as a theoretical and empirical project. His long-term goal is to move the social science of inequality to a more fully relational and organizational stance through empirical studies of jobs and workplaces, as well as social relationships between jobs within workplaces and the social relationships that link organizations to each other. He is best known for his contributions to Relational Inequality Theory as well as organizational sampling and measurement methods. He is a founding member of the UMass Computational Social Science Institute and the EEODataNet, a network of researchers using data from and for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He received a B.A. degree from Fordham University and a Ph.D. from Boston University, both in sociology.