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Joan C. Williams

2014 Speaker

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as having “something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, she is Hastings Foundation chair and director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California (Hastings). Her eight books include “What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (2014).” Media as diverse as Harvard Business Review, O Magazine, Forbes, Human Resource Executive, Jezebel and the Yale Law Journal have covered her work. She gave the 2008 Massey Lectures at Harvard, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison. @joancwilliams