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CONTENT FEATURING AMY DIEHL, PhD

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Dr. Amy Diehl is an award-winning information technology leader and gender bias expert who is author of GLASS WALLS: Shattering the Six Gender Bias Barriers Still Holding Women Back at Work (Rowman & Littlefield). She is sought-after speaker for keynotes, conferences, workshops, guest lectures, and panels.

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Author Spotlight: Amy Diehl

Good Day PA
May 3, 2024

You may have heard of glass ceilings, but what about glass walls? Author Amy Diehl discovered these barriers the hard way when her leadership in the information technology sector wasn’t accepted by her male coworkers. She shares more on these barriers and tells us about her book Glass Walls: Shattering the Six Gender Bias Barriers Still Holding Women Back at Work. Watch here…

2024

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Falling from the ivies

POLITICO
April 26, 2024

As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Sophie Gardner about the ‘glass cliff’: “when a woman leader is kicked out of her role after she doesn’t perform the miraculous, organizations will often hire a white man to replace her, to signal a return to the status quo.” Read more…
Executive Coach for Moms Podcast Episode 40 The Ultimate Joy and The Unexpected Anxiety of the Postpartum Experience with Amy Diehl PhD
Dr. Amy Diehl talks with executive coach Leanna McGrath about her experience as a new mother including postpartum anxiety and the ultimate joy she found in motherhood. Listen here…
Glass ceilings: Inclusivity in leadership

Courageous Conversations podcast
April 15, 2024

Dr. Amy Diehl talks with Erickson Coaching International CEO Louise Hendey about overcoming workplace gendr bias and empowering women to achieve their full potential. Listen here…
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Dr. Amy Diehl talks with host Scott LaMar and Dickinson College Chief Information Officer Jill Forrester about the six glass walls still holding women back and her April 8, 2024 appearance at Dickinson College. Listen here…
Dr. Amy Diehl talks to Katherine White from Network NOVA about gender biases affecting women in politics, including untitling, role incredulity, and how women are “never quite right.” Watch here…
The Executive Coach for Moms Podcast Episode 35 The Reality of Gender Bias in Workplaces Today With Amy Diehl PhD
The reality of gender bias in workplaces today with Amy Diehl

The Executive Coach for Moms podcast
March 14, 2024

Dr. Amy Diehl talks with host Leanna Laskey McGrath about her research journey, why women in public roles like Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are heavily scrutinized, and what happens when society suppresses the contributions of half their population (women). We also touch on #FlipIttoTest to determine if criticism is warranted. Listen here…
Visible Voices Resa Lewiss Amy Diehl Workplace Gender Equity Advocate and author of Glass Walls
Dr. Amy Diehl talks with host Dr. Resa Lewiss about helping organizations become gender-equitable and giving women tools to understand workplace gender bias and to succeed at work. While a biased workplace may tell a woman that she’s not good enough, it’s not true. Listen here…
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Dr. Amy Diehl talks with radio host Jimmy Malone about glass walls, the glass cliff, male gatekeeping, hepeating, and more from her new book Glass Walls:
Shattering the Six Gender Bias Barriers Still Holding Women Back at Work.
 Listen here…
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Gender bias manifests in subtle and unseen ways in the workplace. There are many new terms which describe aspects of bias such as, “hepeating” and “mantermediary”. Drs. Amy Diehl, Leanne Dzubinski, and host Anna Stoecklein discuss the nuances of gender bias and how to dismantle it. Listen here…
Drs. Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski join Leaders Plus CEO Verena Hefti to discuss the glass walls holding women back at work. Listen here…

2023

Why there’s still ‘no right age’ for women leaders

The New Rules of Business podcast
December 19, 2023

Dr. Amy Diehl joins Chief co-founder Lindsay Kaplan to discuss how gender bias and ageism impact our perception of leadership — and what it takes to overcome them. Listen here…
As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Susan Antilla, “The only thing that seems to stop employers dead in their tracks is public exposure.” Read more…
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Glass Walls

Faculti
November 16, 2023

Drs. Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski’s new book GLASS WALLS was motivated by their personal experiences with gender bias. Watch here…
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As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Nicole Fallert, the Iceland women’s strike makes women’s paid and especially unpaid work visible, leaving men to “pick up the pieces.” Read more…
Drs. Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski discuss the glass walls of gender bias with hosts Maura Carlin and Christie Derrico and why “it’s not all your fault.” Listen here…
Amy Diehl Rebecca Ching Unburdened Leader podcast "Gender Bias is not a personal failing. There are steps we can take to address it"
Dr. Amy Diehl and host Rebecca Ching discuss a framework to address gender bias through tangible practices and language to help us understand the nuances. Listen here…
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As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Dora Mekouar, women “go from being perceived as too young to too old in an instant.” Read more…
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Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski on workplace gender biases

Shiny Happy People podcast
September 29, 2023

Drs. Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski join host Vinay Kumar to discuss shattering workplace gender bias. Listen here…
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As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Lauryn Higgins, “Anything about a woman can be used as a surface-level criticism hiding the underlying gender bias.” Read more…
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Women are always the wrong age

Business Insider
August 28, 2023

As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Kelli María Korducki, when men get to their 40s or 50s, they’re considered to be in the prime of their careers. Women of the same age, however, continue to bump up against “age-related constraints.” Read more…
We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements and no remaining ceilings to shatter - President Barack Obama
Gender bias and Women’s Equality Day

Debbie Laskey’s Blog
August 26, 2023

As Dr. Amy Diehl told blogger Debbie Laskey, while no woman is exempt from gender bias, shattering the glass walls of gender bias IS possible. Read more…
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As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Diana Valenzuela, because “gendered ageism” happens across all ages, it is really just sexism. Read more…
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As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Anne Stych, the onus to combat gendered ageism is on leaders. But allies must also speak up to support the woman, as age bias often occurs in hiring & promotional discussions when the individual woman is not in the room. Read more…
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Women in leadership face ageism at every age

Total Information AM
July 17, 2023

Dr. Amy Diehl joins hosts KMOX Radio hosts Tom Ackerman and Megan Lynch to talk about how women in leadership face ageism at every age. Listen here…
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While a young man has “potential”; a young women is “not ready.” Yet there’s no legal protection for “youngism” (age discrimination under 40). As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Monica Torres, women should not take age bias personally. Read more…
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The reason women over 40 are held back at work

The Lisa Dent Show
July 12, 2023

Gender equity researcher Dr. Amy Diehl joins WGN Radio host Lisa Dent to talk about a newly published study that revealed that women between 40 and 60 continue to experience gendered ageism at work. Listen here…
As Dr. Amy Diehl told journalist Monica Torres, age bias continues into middle & older ages for women: “As they grow older and more mature in their careers, [women] lose some of the fear of speaking their mind. And certain men don’t like that.” Read more…
The Fiscal Feminist with Kimberlee Davis
As Amy told host Kimberlee Davis, when women don’t persist at work, “they make very rational choices to quit, or to stay where they’re at. Think about the societal progress that we’re missing because we’re really holding back half of society.” Listen here…
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Journalist Aimee Picchi talked to Drs. Amy Diehl, Leanne Dzubinski, and Amber Stephenson about their recent Harvard Business Review article on gendered ageism. Not only do older women experience ageism, but so do young and middle-aged women. Read more…
Hosts Kieran Snyder and Jackye Clatyon of software company Textio talk to Drs. Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski about how things like insufficient support and unequal standards create unfair barriers in employee development—plus what you can do. Listen here…
Leadership Development News host Dr. Relly Nadler interviews Drs. Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski about their new book Glass Walls. Listen here…
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Forbes senior contributor Dr. Kim Elsesser writes about office housework and highlights strategies from Glass Walls for women and allies to stop disproportionately burdening women with this non-promotable work. Read more…
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In an interview with CNBC reporter Jennifer Liu, Dr. Amy Diehl noted that looking at 913 responses, we realized that women were “being criticized for this and that and the other thing… The underlying gender bias was the cause & the criticisms are really just excuses the women were given.” Read more…
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Karen Mangia interviews Drs. Amy Diehl and Leanne Dzubinski. Question: What advice would you offer to employers who want to future proof their organizations? Dr. Amy Diehl: “Become fully gender-inclusive. Bring women into your organization at equivalent levels to men and support them fully.” Read more…
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Gender bias, a powerful but hidden force

The Boss Lady Podcast
May 25, 2023

Gender bias is a powerful but hidden force that is still holding women back, keeping them from achieving their full potential and limiting organizations from achieving the creativity, problem-solving, and growth possible with a diverse workforce.  Drs. Amy Diehl, Leanne Dzubinski, and host Teresa Rand discuss gender bias in the 21st century. Listen here…
30 reasons why women are held back from leadership
Career Coach Brittany Larsen interviews authors Amy Diehl and Leanne M. Dzubinski about their new book. Dr. Amy Diehl: “We wrote the book we wish we had when starting out in the workforce. We think that readers will want to keep it on their bookshelves and use it as a reference throughout their careers.”  Read more…
30 reasons why women are held back from leadership
Dutch business magazine MT/Sprout discusses my research on 30 reasons why women are denied opportunities for leadership. Too young, too old, too highly educated or too attractive. Almost any trait can – and is – used against women in the workplace to question their leadership skills, according to recent research. (In Dutch. Tip: Use your web browser to translate to English). Read more…
Amy Diehl and Jason Mudd discuss how bias against women persists in female-dominated workplaces, Amy’s new book GLASS WALLS, and how male gatekeeping at Victoria’s Secret kept their business from keeping up with changing market demand. Watch the video cast or listen to the audio…
𝘿𝙤 𝙬𝙚 *𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡* 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙠 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧?
In the latest Global Gender Gap report by the World Economic Forum, the Philippines ranked 19th globally in gender parity.
💡 But does the statistic reflect everyday experiences at work?
💡 Does it reflect the mindsets and behaviors we see in society?
💡 What can we do as HR professionals so that representation AND INCLUSION will be felt in our organizations?
We tackled all that and more in this morning’s webinar with Amy Diehl, PhD and Leanne Dzubinski, PhD. Read more…
Where the Tech Troubles Are

The majority of young adults believe that it’s not OK to refer to males and females as “guys” in the workplace, according to exclusive research commissioned by Newsweek. More than 50 percent of Generation Z respondents aged between 18 and 26 were opposed to the practice. The poll of 1,500 American adults was conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for Newsweek. Read more…

2022

Where the Tech Troubles Are
Where the Tech Troubles Are

Inside Higher Ed
November 1, 2022

Students value connectivity, convenience and being consulted about technology but have little concern about protecting institutional networks. Student interest will continue to grow when it comes to virtual courses and remote learning options for live courses, the desire for creating richer academic and on-campus experiences, and new technology options. Yet, on many campuses, technology dollars are limited, with a wide variety of initiatives competing for that funding. Read more…

A Convo About Gender Bias to Recognize the Supreme Court's New Term

The addition of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is momentous and historic as she will be the first Black woman to serve on the Court. With her broad and diverse background, she brings a new perspective to the Court, which will be exciting to learn from her thinking and watch her influence the creation of fairer and more just American society. I am also excited about the new ways in which she will serve as a role model and inspiration, especially to Black girls. Read more…

Workplace Perspective Podcast
Gender Assumptions & Role Incredulity : Dr. Amy Diehl and Dr. Leanne Dzubinski
Gender Assumptions & Role Incredulity : Dr. Amy Diehl and Dr. Leanne Dzubinski

Workplace Perspective, Raising The Bar At Workplaces Everywhere!
April 12, 2022

Amy and Leanne recently published an article in the Harvard Business Review, “When People Assume You’re Not In Charge Because You’re a Woman.” They discussed role incredulity, a new term which means a form of gender bias where women are mistakenly assumed to be in a support or stereotypically female role — secretary, administrative assistant, court reporter, nurse, wife, girlfriend — rather than a leadership or stereotypically male role, such as CEO, professor, lawyer, doctor, or engineer. In these instances, women must expend extra energy and time to assert and sometimes prove their role. Teresa, Amy, and Leanne discuss examples of this in the workplace and what employers and employees can do to eliminate this type of gender bias. Read more…

An Expert’s Take On the Future of Higher Education and Technology

Dr. Amy Diehl, Ph.D. lends her much-lauded expertise in the intersection of technology and higher education in this Q&A about the future risks and opportunities of tech and university life. Read more…

Is Google Images misrepresenting men and women in the workplace?
Good Leadership Is NOT Defined By Gender

Debbie Laskey’s Blog
March 25, 2022

To quote Matthew Kobach (@mkobach), “Twitter is a key that unlocks thousands of doors, some of which you never even knew existed.” As a member of the Twitterverse for nearly 13 years, I always enjoy meeting new people and learning from them. After reading a recent article written by Amy Diehl for Harvard Business Review, I connected with Amy and invited her to appear here on my Blog in a Q&A format. Read more…

Is Google Images misrepresenting men and women in the workplace?

On Google Images US, women were underrepresented in 50% of professions, based on the real-life number of women working in those professions. Does this underrepresentation reflect reality in any way? Read more…

Women Leading the Way Share Their Thoughts on Channeling Confidence

I learned my strongest life lesson on confidence during my dissertation research on adversity in which I interviewed 26 women executives in higher education. These women were all highly successful, serving in vice president and president positions. But some who had risen to the highest level (president) also seemed to be most insecure–perhaps due to their highly visible, challenging roles or due to life experiences or both. Read more…

Shirley Ann Jackson: The Physicist Who Is Changing the Future

The world of academia has not always welcomed people of color, let alone Black women. According to Amy Diehl, Ph.D. who told Forbes, “Women leaders of color in higher education face a double-jeopardy of race and gender bias.” This barrier hinders their career advancement. Also, less than 20 percent of lecturers, professors, and chairpersons in college settings are represented by women of color. Read more…

What are the challenges facing women?

TRT World Now
March 9, 2022

Amy Diehl, chief information officer at Wilson College and gender bias expert, talks to TRT World about gender bias and the challenges facing women as the world marks International Women Day. Read more…

See how this CIO enables her college with a small but nimble team

When you manage IT for a small liberal arts college, you don’t always have resources to spare. Still, Amy Diehl, CIO at Wilson College, and her team are dedicated to providing a high-quality experience for everyone on campus, from students to faculty and staff. Read more…

2021

Elon Musk may share blame for Tesla sexual harassment lawsuits: Lawyer

Tesla’s recent sexual harassment lawsuits may stem, in part, from how some people perceive chief executive Elon Musk’s attitude toward women, says the lawyer helming the lawsuits against the electric vehicle maker and a leading gender-equity advocate. Read more…

GENDER BIAS TAKES TOLL ON WOMEN IN MEDICINE, STUDY SHOWS

The strongest negative predictors of workplace satisfaction among female physicians and researchers were male-dominated culture, lack of sponsorship, and lack of mentoring. Gender biases negatively affect workplace satisfaction for female physicians and researchers at academic health organizations, a new research article indicates. Read more…

Watch mom’s brilliant ‘Daddy privilege’ video rant that’s going viral

Ever heard of “daddy privilege?” Well, the phrase may be new to you, but if you’re a mother you’ve probably experienced it — and maybe even participated in it. The term has been around for years, but it’s getting closer to becoming part of our popular lexicon thanks to a recent viral video in which a mom went on a rant about “daddy privilege” and how society minimizes and outright ignores the tireless efforts of moms everywhere. Read more…

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Gendering Geopolitics with Emily Prey - Amy Diehl
Gendering Geopolitics with Emily Prey

Twitter Live Series Guest
Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy
July 22, 2021

Gender Bias Expert Dr. Amy Diehl discusses what gender biases look like in a policy context, how they have inhibited American progress, and more. Listen now…

Shattering glass ceilings for women: Going head first against gender bias - Amy Diehl
Why we use women’s professional titles less than men’s

“I’m fed up of people not introducing me by my titles in public forums. I am a Dr (medic & PhD). I’m an Associate Professor. I worked hard to gain these titles & I don’t give permission to omit them. Just because I’m an ethnic minority woman doesn’t mean that I’m just ‘Nisreen’!” tweeted Nisreen Alwan, a public health professor at the University of Southampton in the UK, last year. Read more…

2020

The 2020 Dean's List: 30 Higher Ed IT Influencers Worth a Follow

Journalist Margaret Fuller once said, “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.” Even before COVID-19 shut down campuses around the nation and the world, higher education was at a crossroads. Today, however, charting a new direction is more critical than ever. In a year without precedent — one that’s seen traditional instruction upended by a pandemic — there’s never been a greater need for expert thought leaders who can provide the guidance and expertise that higher education professionals need to navigate such a massive sea change. Read more…

Alumnae Study Targets Gender Bias at Work
Alumnae Study Targets Gender Bias at Work

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
September 4, 2020

A woman is a new employee at a company. She discovers that her boss—also a woman—didn’t tell her about a meeting that happened the previous week. The new employee is reprimanded for her absence and has no chance to explain herself. Later that month, she goes to the same boss for mentoring but instead receives dismissive responses and criticism. However, the boss is friendly and helpful toward the woman’s male peer. This scenario may be an example of queen bee syndrome—when a female superior feels insecure in a workplace environment, possibly because of an existing sexist culture, and attempts to protect herself by preventing other women from advancing. Read more…

Where Are The Women Of Color In Academia?

Despite the fact that colleges have for many years enrolled more women than men, and an increasingly larger share of student bodies are composed of minorities, women of color remain a rare sighting in academia, in both major universities and graduate colleges like medical school. Read more…

New tool to measure gender bias in the workplace may help finally eliminate it

A new way to measure the causes and magnitude of gender bias against women leaders in the workplace should make it easier to identify the sources of this kind of sexism and even help eliminate it, according to just-published research I co-authored with Amy Diehl, Leanne Dzubinski and David Wang. We surveyed more than 1,600 women in four industries – higher education, faith-based community organizations, health care and the legal profession – to better understand how women experience 15 common gender barriers, such as working in a male-dominated culture, the glass cliff and queen bee syndrome. Read more…

Why higher ed needs to hire and promote more women faculty

An inadequate percentage of female professors fill tenure-track positions—especially among higher ranks, according to a recent survey by CUPA-HR, the association for higher ed HR professionals. The report that uncovered this example of gender bias in higher education examines the implications of aging demographics in tenure-track faculty on succession and diversity. Most notably, authors found that only 45% of tenure-track faculty are women professors aged 55 or younger and even less (35%) are older women. Read more…

2019

Why Women Need Developmental Networks (And More Than Just Mentors And Sponsors)

For the past few decades, experts, scholars and managers have talked about the importance of mentors in helping men and women advance in their workplace settings. In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead was published with a fascinating chapter titled, “Are you my mentor?” (This is a play on the children’s book titled Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman, according to CBS News.) She compared a little bird’s relentless search for its mother to women’s persistent search for a mentor — continuously and almost desperately asking people to mentor them. Read more…

Embracing the Internet
Embracing the Internet

Shippensburg University Magazine
Summer 2019

You’re traveling through another dimension. A bizarre and unexplainable dimension where time and activity all but stand still. A middle ground between education and technology, where limitless information is nearly at your fingertips—if you care to search for it. It is an area we call… the pre-Internet zone. Read more…

Dr. Amy Diehl on gender bias in leadership - Amy Diehl
Dr. Amy Diehl on gender bias in leadership

Podcast Guest
Franklin County Coalition for Progress
March 9, 2019

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