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Caroline Simard

Caroline Simard

Managing Director

Caroline Simard is passionate about building better workplaces for women through evidence-based solutions. As Managing Director of the Stanford VMware Women's Leadership Innovation Lab, she is responsible for the execution of the research agenda, business operations, and people management.  She also leads the Lab's Corporate Affiliates program. Previously, she was Senior Director of Research.

Caroline served as Associate Director of Diversity and Leadership at the Stanford School of Medicine. Prior to joining Stanford University, Caroline was Vice President of Research and Executive Programs at the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) for Women and Technology, where she led the creation and dissemination of research-based solutions to further gender diversity in scientific and technical careers. Prior to ABI, Caroline was a Researcher at the Center for Social Innovation of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an Associate Director of Executive Programs.

Caroline holds a PhD from Stanford University and a Masters from Rutgers University. Her publications have focused on technical human and social capital, solutions to recruit, retain, and advance women and underrepresented talent in STEM fields, open innovation, and social networks.