VBQ Speakers

Raina Brands - Keynote Speaker

Book Raina Brands as a keynote speaker. Raina Brands is a leading researcher on gender bias in organisations, and its impact on our perception of people in leadership roles.

An Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School, her ground-breaking work examines how the structure of social networks help or hinder women's careers and reputations.

 

raina brands

expert on organisational behaviour


SPEAKING THEMES

  • Women in leadership

  • Unconscious bias in the workplace

  • Leadership in 21st century organisations

  • Social networks

TRAVELS FROM
London, UK

 
 

BIOGRAPHY

Raina Brands is a leading researcher on social networks, gender bias and leadership in the workplace.

An Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School, her ground-breaking work examines how social networks help or hinder women's careers and reputations.

Her work has been published in leading academic journals such as The Journal Of Organizational Behavior, Organization Science, and the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management. 

She has also been featured in mainstream media such as the Financial Times and New York Times.

Prior to her role at London Business School, Raina was on the faculty of the Judge Business School at the University Of Cambridge.


RAINA'S TALKS

Drawing on her pioneering research, Raina shows how unconscious biases and behavioural habits impact on women in leadership roles.

For example, her works shows that unconscious gender bias plays a huge role in whether we think a leader is charismatic and transformational. In organisations with hierarchical "star" structures, men are perceived as being more successful; whereas in flatter "cohesive" networks, women are seen as more successful - regardless of their actual abilities.

Another example of her research, recently reported in the Harvard Business Review, shows that women are less likely to apply for executive roles if they've been rejected before.

She doesn't just draw attention to these biases and behaviours; she also provides practical steps for moving beyond them so as to improve diversity and productivity.

VIDEOS

Raina explains how organisations can facilitate the recognition of female leaders by structuring the social networks around them.


Raina discusses how our unconscious biases affect the way we view male and female leaders.