What works to close gender gaps in organisations and what are we doing about it?



27 May 2015

A US Studies Centre event co-sponsored by the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership and the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program with Professor Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, and Co-Chair of the Behavioral Insights Group at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

Following a welcome by Dr Michael Spence, University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Male Champion of Change, Professor Bohnet spoke about what works to close gender gaps, including the latest research from behavioural insights conducted around the world and curated in Harvard’s searchable online platform, the Gender Action Portal (GAP), to redesign organisational structures and procedures. Professor Bohnet's presentation was followed by a panel of leaders from business, government and academia who discussed the opportunities and challenges for organisations who want to redesign their workplaces for gender equality and excellence.


Graeme Head NSW Public Service Commissioner

Associate Professor Andreas Leibbrandt Monash University

Carol Schwartz AM Director of Stockland and Director of the Bank of Melbourne

Moderated by: Narelle Hooper Corporate adviser, company director and broadcaster, former editor AFR BOSS magazine

Supported by NSW Trade & Investment, The University of Sydney, NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet Behavioural Insights Unit, Women's Leadership Institute Australia and Griffith University


  • Graeme Head
    Commissioner, New South Wales Public Service Commission

    Graeme Head was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2015. Head is the NSW Public Service Commissioner and the Chief Executive of the NSW Public Service Commission, leading workforce management across the NSW public sector.

  • Associate Professor Andreas Leibbrandt
    Associate Professor of Economics, Monash University

    Andreas Leibbrandt was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2015. Leibbrandt is Associate Professor of Economics at Monash University and an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow. His research interests are in cooperativeness and competitiveness, particularly in relation to understanding gender gaps.

  • Carol Schwartz, AM
    Member of the Council of Advisors, United States Studies Centre

    Carol Schwartz AM is a member of the US Studies Centre's Council of Advisors. Schwartz is one of Australia's most dynamic business leaders with a career now spanning over two decades. Having been nominated an "eminent business leader" by the Australian government, Schwartz has conducted significant inquiries on behalf of government, chaired major government boards as well as chairing and participating in high level private company and listed company boards.

    Schwartz's current roles include Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia, Creative Partnerships Australia, Trawalla Foundation, Our Community and Director of Stockland, Bank of Melbourne, Qualitas Property Partners and Scale Investors. In addition, she is an Advisory Member of Pathways to Politics Program for Women, University of Melbourne.