Phillips joined the faculty at Columbia Business School as the Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics in 2011. Previously, she was Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Co-Director and Founder of Northwestern’s Center on the Science of Diversity. She had also been a Visiting Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioural Sciences. She had a Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Phillips’ research addressed the value of diversity and the barriers that prevent society, organizations and especially work teams from capturing the knowledge, perspectives and unique backgrounds of every member.