Dr. Adina D. Sterling is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Business and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University. As an economic sociologist trained in organizational theory, she actively studies how organizations acquire and retain high-value human capital, the influence of organizational hiring and staffing practices on the short and long-term consequences of individual and firm performance, how changes in technology influence hiring, and the effect of firm practices on various demographic groups and society. Ultimately, her research changes how people understand why social networks are widespread in organizations and labor markets, the origins of network-based inequality, and the ways it can be addressed. Her work has appeared in a number of top academic outlets, including Management Science, Organization Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Industrial Labor Relations Review. Sterling teaches in the MBA, PhD, and Master of Management program at the Graduate School of Business. She created and leads the Equity by Design Lab comprised of several PhD students wherein she partners with companies on research, and was honored to receive the PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her service to the PhD program after only two years at Stanford. Prior to coming to Stanford, she earned her PhD from Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Organization and Management in 2011, and was on the faculty at Washington University's Olin Business School from 2011-2015.