The VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University generates foundational research to advance women's leadership by diagnosing barriers, developing and evaluating interventions to get beyond barriers, and disseminates research-based solutions by bridging the gap between research and practice.
In 2013, Stanford University President John L. Hennessy provided seed funding for the creation of the Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership led by Professor Shelley Correll, incubated within The Clayman Institute for Gender Research. A dynamic research agenda and a vibrant corporate affiliate program were launched under her leadership. In 2016, Correll received a $1.5 million gift from VMware for the Seeds of Change research project - an educational research initiative to provide tools and frameworks for high school girls of all backgrounds to persist and advance to leadership. In 2018, the Center was endowed by VMware, formally launching the new Lab and its mission to establish a long-term research agenda to accelerate change.