Kellie A. McElhaney

Adjunct Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
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Dr. Kellie A. McElhaney is the Whitehead Faculty Fellow and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  She launched this center in 2003, which solidified corporate responsibility as one of the core competencies and competitive advantages of the Haas School.  The Center has received global critical acclaim with The Financial Times rating Haas #1 in the world for corporate responsibility.  Part of the Center’s value-adding differentiation is its $1.3M student-run socially responsible investment fund, which Kellie helped to launch and remains as adviser.
 
Her Corporate Responsibility work focuses in three areas:  (1) Analyzing and developing companies’ CSR strategy and its alignment with corporate strategy, business objectives, core competencies, and value creation; (2) Exploring the linkage between women, business leadership, and corporate sustainability (3) The business value and opportunities in branding, communication and CSR.  She has written a book entitled Just Good Business   The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand (2010) on these focus areas, as well as given a TED Talk on the topic.
 
Kellie also focuses on the Value of Investing in Women in the global economy, in business, and in leadership.  Her work has also focused on women as corporate leaders and the firm’s improved financial, environmental and social performance.  She has developed new courses in this arena called The Business Case for Investing in Women, which she teaches in the undergraduate, the MBA, the executive MBA and the execution education arena inside and outside the U.S.  She has written various case studies of companies who are doing this, including the GSMA, Wal-Mart, E&Y, Gap, and Coca-Cola.  
 
Kellie keynotes for companies and organizations all over the world, and consults to Global 1000 companies in developing integrated CSR strategy and women’s investment strategy, bridging her academic focus with making an impact on the practitioner world.   Her client list includes HP, Gap, eBay, McDonalds, Levi, Wal-Mart, Target, Clorox, Ernst & Young, NVIDIA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nokia (Finland), Navigant, Volunteer Match, Ford Motor Company, PG&E, Driscolls Berries, Triage Consulting Group, Ulster Bank (Ireland), Kimberly-Clark, Frontline, Accenture, StatoilHydro (Norway), Yum! Brands, Chevron, ING, Energizer Holdings, Inc., Pandora Internet Radio, Aboitiz (Philippines), Outotec (Finland), Orrick, and Pillsbury Winthrop.
 
Kellie serves on the Board of Directors for Sierra Europe Offshore, LTD., the Sustainability Advisory Committee for the Dow Chemical Company and Outotec, and the Advisory Boards for Sedgwick’s Women’s Forum, Pacific Community Ventures, SustainAbility and Atalanta Capital.  She lives in the Oakland Hills in California and has two teen-aged daughters.  She enjoys cooking, yoga, good wine, running and has even tried surfing.  She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina, her MA from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.  Prior to moving in to academia, Kellie worked in retail banking.

Kellie McElhaney serves as Faculty Director for the Berkeley Exec Ed Custom Program 'VimpelCom’.

Academic Background 

PhD, Higher Education (Business Cognate), University of Michigan

MA, Organizational Behavior/Management, Ohio University

BA, Political Science, English, University of North Carolina

Publications & Media

Videos 

TEDxPresidio - Kellie McElhaney - CSR 3.0

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Women Leaders & Corporate Social Responsibility

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Women in Tech

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Women Leaders: Facebook and Yahoo

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Kellie McElhaney at the 2013 Berkeley-Haas San Francisco Celebration at Gap, Inc.

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Books 

Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand

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Papers & Articles 

Leadership and the Path to Equality: An Interview with Kellie McElhaney

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The Business Case for Gender Diversity

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Leadership in the Inclusion Age

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The Solidarity Strategy

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CSR is a High-Impact Business Strategy

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Women Create a Sustainable Future

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Awards & Honors 
  • Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award, 2012-2013
  • Founder & Visionary Award, Center for Responsible Business, 2013
  • Aspen Institute and the World Resources Institute’s Faculty Pioneer Award, 2005 (Video tribute, RealPlayer required.)
  • “40 Under 40” leaders racing ahead of their time by the East Bay Business Times, 2004
  • Finalist in Fast Company‘s Fast 50 list, 2004
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award, UMBS, nominated, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Outstanding GSI Teaching Award, 1997, The University of Michigan
Academic Background 

PhD, Higher Education (Business Cognate), University of Michigan

MA, Organizational Behavior/Management, Ohio University

BA, Political Science, English, University of North Carolina

Publications & Media

Videos 

TEDxPresidio - Kellie McElhaney - CSR 3.0

WATCH VIDEO

Women Leaders & Corporate Social Responsibility

WATCH VIDEO

Women in Tech

WATCH VIDEO

Women Leaders: Facebook and Yahoo

WATCH VIDEO

Kellie McElhaney at the 2013 Berkeley-Haas San Francisco Celebration at Gap, Inc.

WATCH VIDEO
VIEW MORE
Books 

Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand

VIEW BOOK
VIEW MORE
Papers & Articles 

Leadership and the Path to Equality: An Interview with Kellie McElhaney

VIEW PAPER

The Business Case for Gender Diversity

VIEW PAPER

Leadership in the Inclusion Age

VIEW PAPER

The Solidarity Strategy

VIEW PAPER

CSR is a High-Impact Business Strategy

VIEW PAPER

Women Create a Sustainable Future

VIEW PAPER
VIEW MORE