Deborah Merrill-Sands Mills College

Education | Professional Experience | Selected Publications | Selected Presentations | Fellowships, Grants, and Honors

Education

  • PhD, Cornell University, Economic Anthropology
  • MA, Cornell University, Anthropology
  • BA, Hampshire College, Social Sciences

Professional Experience

Dean, Glenn and Ellen Voyles Chair in Business Education, Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2010-present

Dean, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 2005-2010

Acting Dean, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston MA, 2004-2005

Associate Dean, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston MA, 2001-2004

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 1998-2002

Program Director, Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change, College of Arts and Sciences, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 1996-1998

Program Leader/Consultant, CGIAR Organization Change Program, Ford Foundation, New York, NY, 1996-1998

Program Leader/Consultant, Gender Program, Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, World Bank, Washington, D.C., 1992-1998

Senior Research Fellow, International Service for National Agricultural Research, The Hague, Netherlands, 1992-1995

Senior Research Officer, International Service for National Agricultural Research, The Hague, Netherlands, 1988-1991

Research Officer, International Service for National Agricultural Research, The Hague, Netherlands, 1987-1988

Postdoctoral Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Social Sciences Fellowship, International Service for National Agricultural Research, The Hague, Netherlands, 1985-1987

Consultant, Food and Agricultural Organization, United Nations, Rome, Italy, 1984-1985

Principal Investigator, Doctoral Research, Cornell University, Yucatan, Mexico, 1980-1983

Board Experience

2011-Present, Board of Trustees, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

2003-2008, Board of Trustees, Miss Porters’ School, Farmington, CT

1996-1999, Board of Governors and Executive Committee, International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi Kenya

1988-1991, Secretary, Board of Trustees, International Service for National Agricultural Research, The Hague, The Netherlands

Consulting and Executive Education

1998-2010, Faculty Director and faculty member in School of Management’s Executive Education. Teaching includes leadership, leading change, and managing gender dynamics in both custom leadership development programs for Fortune 500 companies and open enrollment programs.

1992-2004, Consultant to for-profit, not-for-profit, and intergovernmental organizations on policies and practices for managing diversity to enhance organizational effectiveness.

1984-1998, Consultant on public sector research organization and management in developing countries.

back to top

Selected Publications

Monographs (Refereed)

2000, Working with Diversity: A Framework for Action. D. Merrill-Sands, E. Holvino, J. Cummings. Nairobi: CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program, Working Paper No. 24. http://www.genderdiversity.cgiar.org/publications/genderdiversity_WP24.pdf

1995, Women Scientists and Managers in Agricultural Research in the Philippines. E. Brush, D. Merrill-Sands, D. Gapasin, V. Mabesa. ISNAR Research Report, No. 7. The Hague: International Service for National Agricultural Research.

1992, The Technology Triangle: Linking Farmers, Technology Transfer Agents, and Agricultural Researchers. D. Merrill-Sands and D. Kaimowitz. The Hague: International Service for National Agricultural Research. (published in English and French)

1988, Strengthening the Integration of On-Farm Client-Oriented Research and Experiment Station Research in National Agricultural Systems. D. Merrill-Sands and J. McAllister. The Hague: International Service for National Agricultural Research.

1986, The Technology Applications Gap: Overcoming Constraints to Small-Farm Development. FAO Research and Technology Paper, No. 1. Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization. (published in English and French)

Selected Chapters, Articles, and Research Publications

2011, “Closing the Women’s Leadership gap: Who can help?” S. Trefalt, D. Merrill-Sands, D. Kolb, F. Wilson, S. Carter. CGO Insight, No. 32. Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA.

2007, “Principled Leadership in India: Linking GLOBE Findings with the Research at Simmons College.” V. Gupta, R.J. House, D. Merrill-Sands. Chapter in S. Seshagiri (ed.), Cross-cultural Leadership. ICFAI University Press.

2005, “Women Pursuing Leadership and Power: The myth of the “opt out revolution.” D. Merrill-Sands, J. Kickul, C. Ingols. CGO Insight, No.20. Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA.

2004, “Creating and Sustaining Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations: Best practices for today and tomorrow.” E. Holvino, B. Ferdman, and D. Merrill-Sands. Chapter in F. Crosby and M. Stockdale (eds.), The Psychology and Management of Workplace Diversity. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

2003, “Working with Diversity: A focus on global organizations.” D. Merrill-Sands and E. Holvino. Chapter in R. Ely, E. Foldy, M. Scully and the Center for Gender in Organizations (eds.), Reader in Gender, Work, and Organizations. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, pp 327-342.

2003, “Making Change: A Framework for Promoting Gender Equity in Organizations.” D. Kolb, J. Fletcher, D. Meyerson, D., Merrill-Sands, R. Ely. Chapter in R. Ely, E. Foldy, M. Scully and the Center for Gender in Organizations (eds.), Reader in Gender, Work, and Organizations. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, pp 10-16.

2000, “Women as Leaders: The paradox of success.” D. Merrill-Sands and D. Kolb. CGO Insight, No. 9. Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA.

1999, "Engendering Organizational Change: A case study of strengthening organizational effectiveness in an international agricultural research center." D. Merrill-Sands, J. Fletcher, A. Acosta. Chapter in A. Rao, R. Stuart, D. Kelleher (eds.), Gender at Work: Organizational Change for Equality. Weston, CT: Kumarian Press.

1999, "Waiting for Outcomes: Anchoring gender equity and organizational change in cultural assumptions." D. Kolb and D. Merrill-Sands, Women in Management Review, vol 14 (5).

1998, “Looking Below the Surface: The gendered nature of organizations.” J. Fletcher and D. Merrill-Sands. CGO Insights, No. 2. Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College, Boston, MA.

1994, "Farmers and Researchers: The Road to Partnership." D. Merrill-Sands and M. Collion. Agriculture and Human Values, vol 11 (nos. 2 & 3).

1993, "Making the Farmers' Voice Count in Agricultural Research." D. Merrill-Sands and M. Collion. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, No. 3, July-September.

1992, "Management of Key Institutional Linkages in On-Farm Client-Oriented Research." D. Merrill-Sands, S. Biggs, R. Bingen, P. Ewell, J. McAllister and S. Poats. Chapter in J. Moock and R. Rhoades (eds.), Diversity, Farmer Knowledge, and Sustainability. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

1991, "Institutional Considerations in Integrating On-Farm Client-Oriented Research into National Agricultural Research Systems." D. Merrill-Sands, S. Biggs, R Bingen, P. Ewell, J. McAllister and S. Poats. Experimental Agriculture, vol. 27: 343-373.

1989, "Issues in Institutionalizing On-Farm Client-Oriented Research: A Review of Experiences from Nine National Agricultural Research Systems." D. Merrill-Sands, P. Ewell, S. Biggs, and J. McAllister. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, vol. 28, no. 3/4, July-December.

1988, "Milpa in Yucatan: A Long Fallow Maize System and its Alternatives in the Maya Peasant Economy." P. Ewell and D. Merrill-Sands. Chapter in B.L. Turner and S. Brush (eds.), Comparative Farming Systems. New York: Guilford Press.

1986, Farming Systems Research: Clarification of Terms and Concepts". Experimental Agriculture, vol. 22:87-104.

Selected Institutional and Trade Publications

2004-Present, Numerous articles, commentaries, and blog entries on leadership; corporate social responsibility, sustainability and business strategy [Blog at http://dmerrillsands.wordpress.com/] 2009, “Principled Leadership: A Model for the “Reset Economy,” Boston Herald, September, 2009; AACSB E-News, Deans’ Corner, November, 2009.

2005, “What women want: A rebuttal to the Times,” L. Basch, I. Lang, D. Merrill-Sands, AlterNet, October. Alternnet.org

2003, Guest editor, “Women in the Workplace: A Status Report,” Diversity Factor, Winter 2003.

2001, Center Self-Assessment for a Woman Friendly Workplace. D. Merrill-Sands and S. Scheer. CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program, Working Paper, No. 29. Washington, D.C.: CGIAR Secretariat, World Bank.

2001, Summary Report: Action research project on workload, gender equity, and organizational effectiveness at IDRC. D. Merrill-Sands, L. Bailyn, J.K. Fletcher, E. Foldy, K. Kellogg, R. Rapport. Boston, MA : The Center for Gender in Organizations, School of Management, Simmons College.

1998, Towards Gender Equity: Model policies. J. Joshi, E. Goldberg, S. Scherr, D. Merrill-Sands. CGIAR Gender Program Working Paper, No.18. Washington, D.C.: CGIAR Secretariat, World Bank.

back to top

Selected Presentations (Since 2000)

2010, “Moderator, “Corporate Responsibility and the Bottom Line,” The Boston Club, Leadership Series, Boston, MA.

2009, “Women and Leadership: What does gender have to do with it?” Aetna, Hartford, CT.

2009, “Reaching the Top Rung: Implications for women in leadership,” YWCA Women’s Leadership Conference, Cleveland, OH.

2008, “Principled Leadership: Integrating profitability and social responsibility,” PriceWaterhouseCooper’s, Boston, MA.

2008, Moderator, “Diversity Driving Corporate Social Responsibility,” Corporate Circle Panel, National Council for Research on Women, New York, NY.

2007, Moderator, “Signature Business Panel - What Matters Most: Aligning profitability and social responsibility in business strategy,” Leadership Conference, Simmons College, Boston, MA.

2007, “Gender Dynamics: Implications for women's leadership,” presentation delivered to Morgan Stanley, Tarrytown, NY; and Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY.

2006, Principled Leadership: Strengthening your company, your community and your bottom line,” The Executive Cooperative (TEC), Boston, MA.

2006, Moderator, “Making it a win-win – Doing well for your organization and getting what you need to succeed,” Women’s Leadership Conference, Conference Board, New York, NY.

2004, “Gender Dynamics in the Workplace: Implications for women and leadership,” Keynote address delivered to Northern Trust, Chicago, IL.; Hewlett Packard, San Diego, CA, Portland, OR, Boise, ID; and JPMorgan Chase, New York City, NY.

2003, "Women as Leaders: Paradox of success - Claiming your leadership value." Invited presentation delivered at Sun Life Financial, Boston, MA; State Street Bank, Boston, MA; Financial Women’s Association, Chicago, IL; and Goldman Sachs, New York, NY.

2002, "Perspectives on Gender Equity: Strategies for change." Keynote address delivered to Johns Hopkins University Committee on the Status of Women, Baltimore, MD; and Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine Joint Committee on the Status of Women, Cambridge, MA.

2002, "Advancing Women into Leadership: Changing work culture and practices." The Center for Excellence of Women's Advancement, Conference Board of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; and National Council for Research on Women, Corporate Circle, New York, NY.

2000, "A Modest Manifesto for Shattering the Glass Ceiling." National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD.

back to top

Fellowships, Grants, and Honors

2010, Beta Gamma Sigma International Honorary Society. member

2010, Advisory Board, Women’s Leadership Network, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

2004-present, Advisory Board, Corporate Circle, National Council for Research on Women

2002-present, Advisory Board, Ms. Foundation, Take our Sons and Daughters to Work Program

2007, Technical Advisor, Women in Healthcare Leadership Project, Catalyst and the Women's Health Program at the University of Michigan Health System.

2002, Senior Advisor, “Teen Girls on Business” study, The Committee of 200 and Simmons School of Management

2001, Reviewer, National Science Foundation, ADVANCE Program Grants.

2001, Co-recipient of $875,000 institutional grant from the Ford Foundation for the Center for Gender in Organizations at the School of Management, Simmons College.

2001, Principal Investigator for $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation for the CGIAR Organizational Change Program.

2001, Co-Principal Investigator for $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation for organizational development support for six international women in development organizations.

2000, Principle Investigator for $135,000 grant for action research project on workload, organizational performance, and gender equity from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada

1999, Principal Investigator for $25,000 research grant on promoting gender and diversity in research organizations, CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program.

1985, Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Social Science Research Fellowship

1980, Social Science Research Council Doctoral Fellowship; Inter-American Foundation Fellowship on Social Change; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship

1979, Cornell University: Latin American Studies Fellowship

1977, Cornell University: Andrew D. White Graduate Fellowship

back to top


©Mills College. 2012 All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Home | Contact Us
Last Updated: 4/10/14