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Sarah Kaplan

Sarah Kaplan

Joined January 2023
Sarah Kaplan (she/her) is Distinguished Professor, Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE), and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction. Her latest book—The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation—is based on her award-winning course at the Rotman School. Her current research focuses on applying an innovation lens to social challenges such as gender inequality. She was a strategic lead in developing the Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada. In 2020, she co-authored with Peter Dey 360º Governance: Where are the Directors in a World in Crisis, which outlines corporate director responsibilities for the 21st century. She regularly advises corporations, governments, and agencies on policies related to environmental, social, and governance issues such as board diversity, board governance, care work, employment, pay equity, gender-based analysis, and other topics. In recognition of her contributions, the Governance Professionals of Canada awarded her the Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award, and she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women Executive Network. Formerly a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (where she remains a Senior Fellow), and an innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company, she earned her Ph.D. at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She has a BA in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She resides with her partner in Toronto, Canada, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.