Race and work in 2020

Wharton’s Stephanie Creary discusses how her LEAP framework is a step to being a better ally and creating equality in the workplace and beyond.

With the massive support for Black Lives Matter and national movement against police brutality and systemic racism, diversity and inclusion efforts are being brought to light now, more than ever before. But, it’s nothing new for Wharton’s Stephanie Creary, who has devoted the past 14 years of her professional life to studying the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion. She is a founding member of Wharton IDEAS Lab, heads the Leading Diversity@Wharton speaker series, and teaches an undergraduate and MBA class on “Leading Diversity in Organizations.”

Stephanie Creary of Wharton poses along a railing in Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall.
Wharton’s Stephanie Creary. (Image: Eric Sucar)

“My LEAP framework, recently published in Harvard Business Review, was my first stab at trying to take years of academic research and make it accessible to other people,” says Creary. “A lot of my research is interpersonal. There are things that one can do interpersonally that are tried and true regardless of whether you’re an individual contributor or an executive. The LEAP framework is designed to look at this idea of improving the quality of relationships at different levels.

“There’s something that feels hard about forming mutually beneficial relationships with other people. It feels like there’s something getting in the way. The LEAP framework is designed to help that process make more sense. The end goal is to develop a relationship where you feel like each person is helping the other person.”

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