The Club

The No Club from left to right: Laurie Weingart, Lise Vesterlund, Linda Babcock, and Brenda Peyser

The Authors

Linda Babcock

Linda Babcock is a behavioral economist focused on understanding barriers to women’s advancement in the workplace and developing evidence-based interventions to promote a level playing field. She is the founder and director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS), which pursues positive social change for women and girls through education, partnerships, and research.

Linda is the James M. Walton Professor in Economics at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want and Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide.

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Brenda Peyser

Brenda Peyser has held leadership positions in the corporate world and academia for over thirty years. Most recently, she was a professor of communications at Carnegie Mellon, where she also served as associate dean of the School of Public Policy and Management and was the founding Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon University Australia. Brenda has taught in the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women and consulted with organizations to improve women’s communication skills.

Before coming to Carnegie Mellon, she worked for a major consulting firm and was a professional actress.


Lise Vesterlund

Lise Vesterlund is a behavioral economist whose highly influential work shows how gender differences in competition, confidence, and expectations contribute to the persistent gender gap in advancement. She is the director of the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory (PEEL) and the Behavioral Economic Design Initiative (BEDI).

Lise is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Laurie Weingart

Laurie Weingart is a professor of organizational behavior who studies team collaboration, conflict, and negotiation, with a focus on how differences across people both help and hinder effective problem solving and dispute resolution. She has served as CMU’s Interim Provost / Chief Academic Officer, and as Senior Associate Dean of Education and director of the Accelerate Leadership Center at CMU’s Tepper School of Business.

Laurie is the Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory and director of the Collaboration and Conflict Research Lab at Carnegie Mellon University.

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