Lori Mackenzie

Executive Director, Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research


Lori Nishiura Mackenzie is Executive Director of Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, home to eminent scholars and activists forwarding gender equality. She defines the organization’s strategic direction and engages community members to drive impact with research. Her work has been published in numerous outlets, and she speaks widely on the topics of blocking bias, women’s leadership and creating effective workplaces.  Lori is the founder of the online Voice & Influence program offering the skills, information and inspiration to be agents of change in their own lives and more broadly, for gender equality. This curriculum has been viewed widely through partnerships including LeanIn.org and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Lori joined the Institute after working in marketing strategy and business management for 20 years at companies such as Procter & Gamble, Apple, eBay, PayPal and CafePress. She is on the board of the Women’s Foundation of California and the Alliance for Girls. Lori has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.



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