Stephanie Creary

Award-winning lecturer and management scholar focusing on DEI.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2023. 


Shortlisted for the 2023 Thinkers50 Radar Award. 


Selected as a Visiting Faculty Fellow in the Inaugural Cohort of the Harvard Business School Institute for the Study of Business in Global Society (BiGS) 2022-2024.


Creary’s research focuses on the topics of identity, diversity and inclusion (DEI), and relationships across differences. She also advises corporate audiences on ​how to build stronger relationships in the workplace among people from different backgrounds, promoting allyship and sponsorship; how to improve leader engagement in DEI, and how to create evidence-based DEI strategies. In her May 2021 report, ‘Improving Workplace Culture Through Evidence-based Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practices,’ co-authored with Nancy Rothbard and Jared Scruggs, Creary outlines seven categories of DEI practices and 12 workplace outcomes.


An assistant professor of management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Creary also currently hosts the Knowledge at Wharton Leading Diversity at Work Series, where she engages in conversation with a variety of experts in DEI. She has been awarded the Wharton Teaching Excellence Award five times for her work in developing and teaching the undergraduate and MBA “Leading Diversity in Organizations” courses, which are largely based on her DEI research activities over the past 15 years. Creary advises leaders, C-suite teams, and investors from dozens of organizations on effective strategies for developing more inclusive workplaces. 


‘How Board Directors Can Advance Racial Justice’ (with John W Rogers Jr, Strategy + Business, Spring 2021); ‘How Company Leaders Can Promote Racial Justice in the Workplace’ (Strategy + Business, 27 August 2020); ‘How to Be a Better Ally to Your Black Colleagues’ (Harvard Business Review, 08 July 2020); ‘When and Why Diversity Improves Your Board’s Performance’ (with Mary-Hunter McDonnell, Sakshi Ghai, Jared Scruggs, Harvard Business Review, 27 March 2019); ‘How to Make Room in Your Work Life for the Rest of Your Self’ (with Brianna Barker Caza, Lakshmi Ramarajan, Erin Reid, Harvard Business Review, 30 May 2018).


Media picks



Breaking the Cycle of Overwork and Recuperation: Altering Somatic Engagement Across Boundaries


“Rigorous research and pragmatic insights for the implementation of DEI practices.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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