Caroline Simard Leader, Anita Borg Institute’s research and executive program initiative

Dr. Caroline Simard leads the Anita Borg Institute’s (ABI) research and executive program initiatives. Her research on the barriers facing women in technology has received national attention. She led the design, data collection and analysis, writing, and dissemination of the Institute’s first major research initiative: “Climbing the Technical Ladder: Obstacles and Solutions for Mid-Level Women in Technology”. In addition she has published major reports on underrepresented minorities in technology, employee retention strategies, attributes of senior technical women and issues facing K-12 Computer Science Education.

She is also spearheading knowledge diffusion efforts and executive engagement programs directed at supporting organizational change for greater retention and advancement of technical women. She is a frequent speaker and blogger on organizational and individual strategies for talent management .

Simard is passionate about social science research and its role in creating practical solutions to social problems. Prior to ABI, Simard was a Researcher at the Center for Social Innovation of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Caroline holds a PhD in communication studies from Stanford University, with a focus on organizational theory, high-technology industries, and social networks. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Université de Montréal and a Masters degree in Communication and Information Studies from Rutgers University.

Simard’s publications have focused on technical human and social capital, the diffusion of best practices, managing open innovation, regional clusters of innovation, and social networks. Simard serves on the Leadership Team of the National Center for Women and Information Technology and is a former member of the editorial committee at the Stanford Social Innovation Review.