In the Media

Gwyneth Paltrow Highlights the Power of a Diverse Female Network

Mar 04, 2024 // Features Ella Bell Smith in an article about the 2024 MAKERS Conference which brings together women and allies for an annual three-day leadership summit. This year’s conference featured a conversation between Bell Smith and actress and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow exploring the power of women building networks with…
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Black Women Leaders Like Harvard’s Claudine Gay Face Uphill Battle and Many Landmines

Jan 03, 2024 // Quotes Ella Bell Smith in an article about the challenges faces by Black women leaders. Bell Smith says Black women leaders are frequently judged harshly for every decision, an environment that fosters isolation and resistance, making their leadership journey arduous and fraught with obstacles.
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Research Shows Women of Different Ethnicities Rarely Work Together to Address Workplace Inequity

Sep 12, 2023 // Mentions research coauthored by Ella Bell Smith in an article about how white women and women of color rarely work together to fix common inequities, like lower pay, disparity in promotion, and incidents of harassment.
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Walgreens CEO’s Exit Highlights Isolation of Black Female Leaders

Sep 01, 2023 // Quotes Ella Bell Smith in an article about Rosalind Brewer, who resigned as CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. last week.
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Strategic, Courageous, and Consistent: How to Be a Co-conspirator to Accelerate Gender Parity in the Workplace

Mar 16, 2023 // “Co-conspiratorship is multicultural and everyone is accountable–everyone’s reputation is on the line in the push for change,” says Ella Bell Smith in a feature interview. 
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It’s Time for Equal Pay for Equal Work

Mar 14, 2023 // Features Ella Bell Smith in an article examining the gender pay gap, which Smith says is heightened for Black women. "Companies are not making sure that Black woman have the skills, the polishing, to be able to get the positions that are going to bring in revenue,” she says.
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Favorite Professors of the MBA Class of 2022

Sep 28, 2022 // “Professor Ella Bell Smith is my favorite professor because her courses made me focus on who I am as a person and how I want to show up as a leader,” says Andrew Hazel T’22 in an article highlighting favorite professors of the MBA class of 2022.
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Two Years after George Floyd Pledges, Black Women Still Denied Top Jobs at Largest Companies. This Is Why

May 25, 2022 // Ella is quoted in an article examining why Black women are less likely to hold leadership or top executive positions.
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10 Stories about Race, Diversity and Inclusion from Black History Month 2022

Feb 27, 2022 // Highlights a thought leadership report by the Center for Financial Planning, co-authored by Ella Bell Smith, exploring best practices when incorporating metrics into DEI work.
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Can These Metrics Truly Advance a Firm’s DEI Intentions?

Feb 23, 2022 // Highlights an article written by Ella Bell Smith for the Center for Financial Planning dissecting the observable and measurable traits of inclusive leadership.
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CFP Board Event Urges Wealth Managers to Share Demographics

Nov 17, 2021 // Ella Bell Smith is quoted in an article about increasing calls on wealth managers to release the demographics of their advisors.
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Elevating Black Women: The Urgency for Diversity in the Beauty Industry

Oct 07, 2021 // Highlights Ella Bell Smith and coauthor Stella Nkomo, who spoke at the Diversity & Inclusion Forum hosted by Cosmetic Executive Women.
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The Authors of a Landmark Corporate Diversity Study Highlight the Actions Business Leaders Have Overlooked for Too Long

Aug 27, 2021 // A feature story about Our Separate Ways, the groundbreaking book by Ella Bell Smith and Stella Nkomo that compares and contrasts the experiences of Black and white women in the workplace, which is being reissued this year.
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Black in Focus: Prof. Ella Bell Smith and Prof. Stella Nkomo

Aug 19, 2021 // Ella Bell Smith and Stella Nkomo join Bloomberg to discuss their book Our Separate Ways, and the different trials and triumphs Black and white women face in their careers.
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The Invisible Goalposts for Black Female Athletes

Jul 09, 2021 // Highlights a recent appearance on the Knowledge@Wharton podcast by Ella Bell Smith and Stella Nkomo discussing their book Our Separate Ways, which is being reissued this summer.
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MAKERS: Keep Going – Intersectionality

Jun 09, 2021 // Ella Bell Smith joins Seneca Women’s Conversations on Power and Purpose podcast to discuss how companies can ensure they are addressing the specific needs of multicultural women and women of color.
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The 2021 MAKERS Conference

May 04, 2021 // Ella Bell Smith delivers opening remarks at the 2021 MAKERS Conference—a global leadership event that brings together powerful names in business, entertainment, tech, and finance to explore ways to accelerate women's equality.
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Kamala Harris’ Husband Doug Emhoff Puts Her Career First as Second Gentleman, Breaking Gender Stereotypes

Jan 20, 2021 // Quotes Ella Bell Smith in an article about Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, Second Gentleman of the United States. “This gives us a model, and it is a fabulous model,” she says.
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Kamala Harris’ Husband Doug Emhoff Breaks Gender Stereotypes by Putting Her Career Ahead of His as Second Gentleman

Nov 12, 2020 // “This gives us a model and it is a fabulous model,” Ella Bell Smith says in an article about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff.
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Does Kamala’s Candidacy Mean That Black Women’s Value Will Finally Be Appreciated?

Oct 14, 2020 // As a guest on the FutureProof podcast, Ella Bell Smith discusses Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, equal representation in the United States, the need for better mentors and resources in disadvantaged communities, and more.
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