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Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson

Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson

National Best-Selling Author & Associate Professor at University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business

Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson

National Best-Selling Author & Associate Professor at University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business


Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson is an author, professor, and keynote speaker who studies the intersection of leadership and diversity, focusing on (1) how unconscious bias affects the evaluation of leaders and (2) strategies that leaders can use to mitigate bias.

Her new Harper Collins book, Inclusify: Harnessing the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams, shares the surprising ways the leaders undermine inclusion and provides actionable ways that leaders can pivot to build more inclusive teams.

Dr. Johnson is a member of the MG 100 Coaches and was selected for the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, comprising 30 international management scholars whose work will shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She works with the best companies in the world to create more inclusive leaders. She has extensive consulting experience and has created and delivered leadership development training with an emphasis on evidence-based practice.

As an associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, Dr. Johnson teaches undergraduate and graduate students focused on leadership and inclusion. She holds the Andrea and Michael Leeds Research Fellowship, is the Director of CU Boulder’s Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at Leeds, and is a 2020 CU Boulder RIO Fellow. She is a fellow in the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychologists (SIOP) and the American Psychological Society (APS). She is also passionate about disseminating her work more broadly and has taught two LinkedIn Learning courses on how to increase diversity and inclusion in corporations.

She has received $3,800,000 in external grant funding to study leadership and create leadership development programs. Her safety leadership course was adopted by the OSHA 30 and taken by 70,000 students in its first two years. She is an active researcher and has published 60 journal articles and book chapters in outlets Journal of Applied Psychology and The Academy of Management Journal.

Dr. Johnson is also a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and an in-demand keynote speaker. She has presented her work at over 170 meetings around the world including at the White House for a 2016 summit on diversity in corporate America on National Equal Pay Day.

Media outlets featuring Stefanie’s work include: Forbes, The Economist, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, HuffPost, Washington Post, Quartz, Discover, CNN, ABC, NBC, CNBC. She has appeared on Fox, ABC, NBC, CNN, and CNN International. She currently contributes to Bloomberg, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review.

She lives in the Boulder Bubble with her Biology Professor husband, two young kiddos, and two old kitties.

Speaker Videos

Building a Better Business

ABC’s of Breaking Bias

Speech Topics

Breaking Bias Using the ABCs of Unconscious Bias

-Understand unconscious bias in a way that we can all relate to

-Learn how unconscious bias can impact decision making and behavior

-Build effective strategies to overcome unconscious bias

Inclusify: How to Maximize Uniqueness & Belonging to Build More Innovative Teams

-Understand two basic human motives (uniqueness and belonging)

-Learn how leaders inadvertently miss out on uniqueness or belonging

-Build effective strategies to build uniqueness and belonging in organizations

Culture 2020: Busting Barriers by Bridging Uniqueness & Belonging

-Understand how cultural elements can be exclusive

-Learn how to create more inclusive practices

-Build effective strategies to improve your own organization’s practices

Buy into Bystanders: What We Can Learn from #MeToo

-Understand women’s experiences in the workplace

-Learn how to create a culture that does not tolerate sexual harassment

-Build effective strategies for creating bystanders at work

Workshop: Data Driven Practices to Improve Your Diversity Selection Processes

-Understand how systems can be biased

-Learn how to examine your data to find sources of bias

-Build effective strategies for improving systems and increasing diversity

Workshop: Using the Inclusify Game to Start Conversations

-Understand biases and the effects they can have

-Learn how to use empathy to understand others’ perspectives

-Build effective strategies for improving systems and increasing diversity