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Women and Leadership in the Workplace

TC Social-Organizational Psychology Panel on

 Sponsored by the TC Alumni Council 

Panel Presentation, Group Discussion and Q & A with faculty from TC's Program in Social-Organizational Psychology: Caryn Block, Sarah Brazaitis (PhD '08), Gina Buontempo (PhD '05) & Debra Noumair (EdD '87). The session will be introduced by President Susan Fuhrman (PhD '77), TC's first woman president, and moderated by Fran Riemer (MA '01), TC Alumni Council Member.

Women and Leadership in the Workplace
Hosted by: TC Alumni Council
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Teachers College


The issue of gender equality and leadership in the workplace has received a great deal of attention recently in the popular press. The well-documented glass ceiling or under-representation of women in senior leadership across many sectors of the workplace encourages us to ask why, after all these years, has such little progress been made.

How can we close the gender gap in leadership? What obstacles do women face as they navigate careers and move into leadership positions? How can organizations support the development of women leaders?  Come learn about research and practice at TC that is helping to shape what we know about the biases and barriers affecting women in their ascent to leadership positions at work and how women can navigate these challenges. Join TC faculty members Caryn Block, Sarah Brazaitis, Gina Buontempo and Debra Noumair in a timely discussion about women and leadership in the workplace and what this means for all of us. 

Be a part of the dialogue, submit your questions to the panel in advance when you register to attend online. What is the most important issue or question for you right now related to gender, power and leadership at work?

Speaker Biographies

  Caryn Block is an Associate Professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Professor Block is known for her work on diversity issues in organizations. Her recent work focuses on understanding the experience of women leaders in predominately male-dominated careers and the strategies that they use to be successful in these environments.  Her publications also examine the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on how leaders are perceived by others, and the influence of racial and gender identity in organizational contexts. Dr. Block has collaborated with researchers at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to examine the impact of perceived racial discrimination at work on adjustment, and with researchers at the ADVANCE Project of the National Science Foundation examining the long-term effects of stereotype threat on women scientists. Professor Block is also a faculty member in the Columbia Business School, Executive Education Programs that focus on leadership development. In addition, she coaches executives using multi-rater feedback on improving their capacity to lead. In her consulting and executive coaching practice, she has worked with senior leaders on diversity issues, process consultation and organizational learning.  She has worked with groups in the United States, Asia, Israel, and Australia.  Professor Block received her masters and doctoral degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University.

Professor Sarah Brazaitis is a Senior Lecturer and the M.A. Program Coordinator in the Social-Organizational Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches Group Dynamics and Small Group Intervention to both masters- and doctoral-level students. As part of her group dynamics course, Dr. Brazaitis runs an experiential group relations conference (based on the Tavistock model of human relations training) that provides students with opportunities to learn in real-time about covert processes affecting leadership and power in groups and organizations. She has written about groups in education and health care settings and the interplay of social identity and group dynamics. Professor Brazaitis maintains a private practice of organizational consulting with a focus on improving group and team performance, executive coaching, and leadership development. Clients have included for profit and not-for-profit organizations, universities, and medical centers. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, is a Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and is a licensed psychologist in the state of New York. Dr. Brazaitis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her masters and doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Professor Gina Buontempo is a Lecturer and the M.A. Program Advisor in the Social-Organizational Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She teaches the following courses: Organizational Psychology, Understanding Behavioral Research, Research and Independent Study in Social-Organizational Psychology, and Organizational Internship. Professor Buontempo coordinates the Comprehensive Exam for the M.A. students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. She has worked as a consultant in the Department of Training and Development at Morgan Stanley. She has experience in the delivery of management training programs and performance management meetings and in survey development, delivery, and analysis. Her research centers on emotional intelligence, decision-making, leadership, gender issues in the workplace, and work/life balance. She has been a presenter at the Academy of Management Conference. Her research has been published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Business Administration from Seton Hall University and her Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation and the Executive Masters Program in Change Leadership (XMA), Debra A. Noumair is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Social-Organizational Psychology Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.  At TC, she teaches courses on organization change, process consultation, and executive coaching.  Her scholarship focuses on group and organization dynamics and the application of systems thinking to individuals, teams, organizations, communities, and society.  Dr. Noumair is on the faculty of leadership development programs sponsored by Columbia University Business School, Simmons School of Management, Mercer-Delta Executive Learning Center, and the Corporate Leadership Center.  Much of her executive education work focuses on leadership development with women executives in custom programs within companies as well as in Leading Women Executives, a CEO-sponsored leadership development program focused on high potential women and their companies.  Dr. Noumair holds masters and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, is a Fellow of the A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, and is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York.

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