Advisory Council

The Advisory Council provides external perspective and review as well as advocacy and support for the Institute's programs, strategic direction, and overall objectives.


Michelle R. Clayman, Chair

Michelle is the founder and managing partner of New Amsterdam Partners, an institutional money management firm in New York. She received an undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford and an M.B.A. from Stanford. Michelle is a member of the director's council for the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School and a board director of Children of Bellevue.

Michelle was awarded a 2010 National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) “Making a Difference for Women” award.

Read Londa Schiebinger's interview with Michelle about her career and thoughts on women in business.

Katherine August-deWilde

Katherine August-deWilde Katherine is President and Chief Operating Officer of First Republic Bank. Prior to joining First Republic, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PMI Group. Active in many local organizations, August-deWilde has been a member of the Stanford University Graduate School Business Advisory Council. She has also been a member and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Town School for Boys; a member of the Board of Trustees for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; a member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, University of California, Berkeley; and has served as board member and Vice Chair of the San Francisco Zoological Society. August-deWilde has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College in Maryland and an MBA from Stanford University.


Mari Baker

Mari Baker is currently president and chief executive officer of PlayFirst, Inc., and best known for building the Quicken business from 1989 – 1999 while at Intuit, and the BabyCenter  business from 1999 – 2006, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson.  Prior to PlayFirst, Baker was an executive-in-residence at the venture capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers where she incubated and launched Navigenics, Inc., and served as founding President, CEO and a director.  Baker served on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University from 1996-2003, and continues to serve as an emeritus trustee.  Baker is currently a director of Cozi Group, Inc. and an officer in the Golden Gate Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.  She has been recognized in the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame, Fortune’s list of Silicon Valley’s Most Influential Women, Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence, and Advertising Age’s Top 100.


Gina Bianchini

Gina Bianchini Gina is Executive in Residence at Andreessen Horowitz and was Co-Founder Ning, Inc., an online platform for people to create, discover and join social networks. Since its inception in 2004, Ning has signed up over 1 million social networks. Prior to co-founding Ning, Gina was President and Co-founder of Harmonic Communications which was acquired by Dentsu and worked at CKS Group and Goldman Sachs & Co. Gina has a B.A. from Stanford in Political Science and an M.B.A from the Graduate School of Business.

Janifer M. Burns

Janifer earned an undergraduate degree and an A.M. in anthropology from Stanford, as well as an A.M. in Latin American studies and M.B.A. from Penn. She is the managing director of Banco Bilbao in New York where her duties include coordinating relationships between the bank and investors in South America.


Elsa Kircher Cole

Elsa Kircher Cole

Elsa Kircher Cole, Stanford AB ’71, Boston University JD ’74, is the general counsel for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation based in Austin, Texas, with additional offices in New Delhi and Cape Town. She helps facilitate the mission of the foundation which is to provide education solutions and better health for children living in urban poverty, which in many instances depends on securing the economic well-being of their mothers through micro-financing and loans. She joined the foundation staff in January 2011 after 13 years with the NCAA as its general counsel and vice-president for legal affairs. There she worked for passage of regulations aimed at creating meaningful education experiences for student-athletes and better safety equipment and guidance for them as well ensuring the implementation of Title IX and gender equity in NCAA programs. Before that, she was the general counsel for the University of Michigan for eight years following 13 years on the legal staff of the University of Washington, dealing with a multitude of higher education issues and litigation. She recently was named a Life Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys for her service to higher education and received the Joseph E. O’Neill award from Marquette University School of Law last year for her contributions to sports law while exhibiting the highest ethical standards. Read more in Gender News >>


Margaret Earl Cooper

Margaret received an A.B. in English from Stanford. A resident of Connecticut and now retired, she spent her career as a press relations officer working in the private sector and in several White House administrations. Margaret currently serves on the Stanford Associates' Board of Governors.


Elizabeth Garfield

Elizabeth Garfield Beth received a B.A. from Stanford and law degree from the University of Michigan. While at Stanford, she was president of the Associated Students of Stanford and helped to found the Center for Research on Women, now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. She is a founding partner of Holguin & Garfield, a law firm in Los Angeles. Beth has served as an elected member of the Los Angeles Community College Board.

Martha Clark Goss

Martha Clark Goss Martha has 30 years' experience in risk management, investment management, as well as financial management and analysis. She now consults in these areas for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Martha has served as chief financial officer of The Capital Markets Company and Booz Allen & Hamilton. Martha is a graduate of Brown University, where she is also a former trustee, and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard.


Susan Heck

Susan is a first vice president of investments at Morgan Stanley. She received a B.A. from Smith College, an M.A. from Rutgers, and a Ph.D. from Stanford. Susan helped to found the Center for Research on Women, now the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

Jing Lyman

Jing's work has focused on community economic development through micro-enterprise and self-employment. She has been active in the American Leadership Forum. Her husband Richard is a Stanford President Emeritus.

You can read more about Jing in the article: Jing Lyman: A pioneering campus leader takes another bow.

In 2010, the Clayman Institute announced a competitive annual lecture series named in honor of Jing, the Jing Lyman Lecture Series.


Carrie A. McCabe

Carrie is the founder and CEO of Lasair Capital, an institutional alternative asset management firm. Utilizing a unique long/short equity strategy, Lasair seeks to provide institutional investors with attractive risk adjusted returns and to develop a real partnership with investors and managers. Previously, she was President and CEO of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management and FRM Americas. Carrie received an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford and a M.B.A. from Harvard.


Michael G. McMillan, PhD, CPA, CFA

Michael is Director of Ethics and Professional Standards, CFA Institute. He joined the Institute in 2008 after more than a decade as a professor of accounting and finance at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business and George Washington University’s School of Business.  Prior to pursuing a career in academia, he was a securities analyst and portfolio manager at Bailard, Biehl, and Kaiser and Merus Capital Management in San Francisco, California.

Michael is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Research.  He is also the Treasurer and a member of the board of directors of Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, DC.  Prior to joining CFA Institute, he was a Vice President and Treasurer of the CFA Society of Washington, DC. He has a PhD in accounting and finance from George Washington University, MBA from Stanford University, and BA from the University Pennsylvania.

Sharon Meers

Sharon Meers is the co-author of Getting to 50/50, a book about how men and women find common ground and share power so that men can be full parents and women can have full careers. Prior to writing Getting to 50/50, Sharon was a Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  In her 16-year career at Goldman, Sharon ran several businesses and she now is a consultant in Silicon Valley.  With her husband, Sharon founded the Partnership for Parity at the Stanford Graduate School of Business School which supports Stanford's work on workplace parity and a similar effort at Harvard University called the Dual-Career Initiative. Sharon also serves on the board of the National Women's Law Center and on the advisory council of Stanford's Clayman Institute for Research on Gender and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.Sharon holds a B.A. in History from Harvard College and an M.A. in Economics from New York University.


Robert Nimmo

Robert Nimmo Rob received an A.B. in Political Science from Stanford in 1968. Now semi-retired and living in Portland, Oregon, he previously held senior-level positions at Citicorp in New York, Westpac Banking Corporation in Sydney, Australia, Wachovia Corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Barclays in England. Rob is a co-author (with John B. Caouette, Edward I. Altman, and Paul Narayanan) of Managing Credit Risk: The Great Challenge for Global Financial Markets (Wiley Finance, 2008).

Mae Tai O'Malley

Mae Tai O'Malley Mae is the founder and managing attorney of Paragon Legal, one of the fastest growing alternative model law firms in the country.  Paragon provides senior level attorneys to leading San Francisco bay area companies including Cisco, McKesson, and Apple on a project basis.  85% of the Paragon team are women and minorities. Mae started her career at Morrison & Foerster SF and Tokyo, and moved on to become corporate counsel at Evolve Software and Escalate, Inc.  She joined Sygate Technologies as Director of Legal Affairs, led the legal side of Sygate's acquisition by Symantec Corporation, and remained with Symantec as senior corporate counsel until early 2006.  Mae joined Google Inc. as contract corporate counsel in 2006 while simultaneously founding Paragon Legal. She received her J.D. from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law in 1998, and her A.B. in Political Science with  honors from Stanford.  Mae was named a Legal Rebel in 2009 by the American Bar Association Journal.

Cynthia L. Russell

Cynthia RussellCynthia is Principal of CrossSector Partners, a management consulting firm providing services to nonprofit organizations to help them increase their capacity. Cynthia served as President and CEO of Connecticut Housing Investment Fund (CHIF), a statewide Community Development Financial Institution providing construction loans to developers renovating abandoned properties throughout Connecticut.  Prior to CHIF, Cynthia was Deputy Commissioner of Housing and Community Development in Westchester County, New York, Vice President for a nonprofit Hudson Valley regional health insurance company, and as Program Analyst with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also served as the Clayman Institute’s first administrator, and ran the Institute (then the Center Research on Women) from 1974 to 1976. Cynthia is a graduate of Stanford University.

Christiana Shi

Christiana ShiChristiana Shi is Chief Operating Officer, Global Direct to Consumer (DTC) at NIKE, Inc., where she oversees DTC’s Global Store Operations, Real Estate, Finance, Supply Chain Operations and Information Technology. She is also responsible for Retail Partner Management, and direction of the DTC businesses in Central and Eastern Europe and Emerging Markets. Christiana joined NIKE from McKinsey & Company, Inc. where she worked for the past 24 years across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia providing leadership, expertise and strategic vision to senior executives of Fortune 200 consumer companies. For the past decade she held the position of Director and Senior Partner. Christiana is a graduate of Stanford University and has a Master in Business Administration from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business.


Myra Strober

Myra Strober is a labor economist and Professor at the School of Education and at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University (by courtesy). Myra was the founding director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research (then the Center for Research on Women). She was also the first chair of the National Council for Research on Women, a consortium of about 65 U.S. centers for research on women. Now the Council has more than 100 member centers. Myra was President of the International Association for Feminist Economics, and Vice President of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum). She is an associate editor of Feminist Economics and a member of the Board of Trustees of Mills College. Read more in Gender News>>.

Myra is the author of numerous books. Her most recent book, Interdisciplinary Conversations: Challenging Habits of Thought, was recently featured in Gender News>>.


Cynthia King Vance

Cynthia Vance Cynthia King Vance has worked in and with organizations tackling change and improving effectiveness in the private, public and non profit sectors, as an executive, management consultant and board leader over the past 25 years. She currently serves on several non profit boards including New York Public Radio (WNYC and WQXR), Montefiore Medical Center, SCO Family of Services, ICD and Citizenís Budget Commission. Cynthia was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and investment banking analyst with Kidder Peabody. She is a graduate of Princeton University, with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and of the Harvard Business School (MBA). She co-founded NeXXt Phase, a network focused on informing and supporting women as they redefine and relaunch themselves many times over the course of their career and changing family circumstances. Read more in Gender News>>

Janice L. Warne

Janice earned an undergraduate degree in applied earth sciences and an M.B.A. from Stanford. She is a former Solomon Brothers executive, and managing director of Citigroup Global Markets in New York. Janice has served as the national board chair for the nonprofit organization Girls, Inc.

Naseem Zojwalla, MD

Naseem Zojwalla Naseem is a Senior Medical Director at ImClone Systems and is the medical lead for clinical trials for one of ImClone's late stage oncology pipeline products. She maintains an academic appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Columbia University Medical Center. She also volunteers for Sakhi for South Asian Women, an anti-domestic violence organization. Naseem received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M. D. from Temple University School of Medicine, and completed her hematology/oncology fellowship training at Columbia University.


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Shelley Correll

Shelley Correll Shelley Correll is the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She is the author of the prize-winning "Getting a job: Is there a motherhood penalty?" and her research has been covered by CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and The New York Times. Her research has also been referenced in employment discrimination cases, in the California State Senate, and in documents written by the EEOC to offer guidance to employers on caregiver discrimination.

Read Shelley J. Correll to lead Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research in Gender News.


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In Memoriam: Barbara D. Finberg