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Women, Law and Leadership

Seminar and Project Director

Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Associate Dean of International Affairs
Nonresident Leader in Practice at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2019-2021)

Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Testimonials

This inspiring project models collaborative and inclusive leadership so ambitiously studied by dynamic students and their teacher.

Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor and former Dean Harvard Law School

The research produced through the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Women, Law and Leadership Initiative not only inspires but offers valuable insights and lessons as women lead the way forward toward a more just world.

Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Director, Penn Program on Regulation

I am pleased to participate in this important project on the study of leadership.

Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, Harvard Law School Former Minister of Strategic Affairs, Brazil

I am honored to have motivated this important project.

David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School

Distinguished Advisors to the Director and the Project

Deborah Rhode

Deborah Rhode

Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law; Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford University  
David Wilkins

David Wilkins

Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School  

Women, Law and Leadership is a University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School initiative profiling women’s leadership in law and business, and developing indicators and policy imperatives to accelerate the goals of gender equality and diversity.

The Women, Law and Leadership Ideas Lab was an incubator for innovative ideas. It was a platform for students to test ideas, to create, and to experiment. Most of all, it was a space for students to ask questions on the under representation of women in leadership and how that hurts the global economy, hampers the diversity of thought, and undermines the public good. The concept for our Lab led by Rangita de Silva de Alwis was to research and develop a wide range of policy initiatives on women’s leadership. The goal will not just be to study and recommend adoption of best practices but to explore and innovate new practices. The students ideated and discussed solutions to address the under representation of women in leadership and the future of work.

News

Institutional allyship—a solution to help improve diversity and combat workplace sexual harassment

Contributing to the research update article: Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Gen Z allyship research insights: Institutional allyship as a partial fix for sexual harassment

Written by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Emerging Insights from Male Allyship Study of Gen Z Law Students at Penn Law

Associate Dean Rangita de Silva de Alwis leads the research on transformative leadership and allyship in collaboration with Penn Law students and Thomson Reuters. The student-led research team: Zahra Keshwani (L21), Research Team Leader; Michael Machado (L20), Chukwufumnanya Ekhator (L20), May Alajlan (LLM 20), Margaret Gallagher (LLM 20), and Lindsay Holcomb (L21)

A New Study Looks at Perspectives of Male Law Students on Shaping Future Inclusive Workplaces

This research project is developed and supervised by Associate Dean Rangita de Silva de Alwis and led by Penn Law students: Zahra Keshwani, Fumnanya Ekhator, May Alajlan, Michael Machado, Lindsay Holcomb, and Sarah Heberlig

How to redefine leadership through the allyship lens

Written by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Male Allyship as the New Theory and Practice of Gender Equality

A co-authored study from Thomson Reuters and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

A New Generation of Male Leaders Provide Insights on How to De Gender Leadership and Remove Stigma of Using Family-Work Policies

Principal Author: Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School & Co-author: Natalie Runyon, Director, Talent, Inclusion & Culture, Thomson Reuters

Spotlight

Every month we will feature an original article or interview with a trailblazer who has helped to advance policies and programs that can shape a gender equal ecosystem.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Redefining Leadership in the Age of the SDGs: Accelerating and Scaling Up Delivery Through Innovation and Inclusion (Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Women and Public Policy Program, Working Paper, 2019-2020)