Cynthia Emrich, PhD, joined Catalyst in 2013 to lead the Catalyst Research Center for Career Pathways, which exposes root causes of gender gaps from the classroom to the boardroom, conducting research that sorts myth from fact, identifies the true problems that hold women and other underrepresented groups back from advancement, and provides a solid basis for more effective talent development.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Dr. Emrich served as a Managing Director at Duke Corporate Education, where she led a variety of teams in the design and delivery of innovative learning and development experiences for clients, including the Aditya Birla Group, Aircel, Barclays, Booz Allen Hamilton, Genpact, Merck, MetLife, National Grid, Novartis, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Swiss Re, Thomson Reuters, United Business Media, and Verizon.
Dr. Emrich has published several articles that link gender bias in performance appraisals to the dearth of senior women leaders in corporations. Her most recent article, co-authored with Richard Martell and James Robison-Cox, “From Bias to Exclusion: A Multi-Level Emergent Theory of Gender Segregation in Organizations” appeared in Research in Organizational Behavior (2012). Dr. Emrich is a research scholar with Project GLOBE (Global Leadership and Organizational Behavioral Effectiveness), a multi-award-winning 62-nation study of leadership, organizational culture, and societal culture based at Thunderbird University. In that role, she co-authored a chapter in the first GLOBE book, Culture, Leadership, and Organizations: A 62-Nation Study that focused on cross-cultural differences in gender egalitarianism, and the implications of these differences for societies, organizations, and leaders.
Dr. Emrich’s research on leadership has been published in journals such as the Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the American Psychologist. Her research on executive leadership has been featured in Harvard Business Review, US News & World Report, The Guardian, Veja and other leading publications. In addition, Ms. Emrich has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition division of the Academy of Management.
Dr. Emrich earned both her PhD and Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Rice University, and her honors BA cum laude from the University of South Florida.