Melissa V. Abad, PhD is a research scholar at the Stanford VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Lab and leads the intersectional leadership research agenda. Her research examines the occupational trajectories of women of color and the resources that help their leadership development. Dr. Abad’s scholarly research lies at the intersection of organizational sociology and intersectionality. Current projects include identifying the strategies women of color employ to advance their careers, how these differ by racial/ ethnic group, and assessing the strengths and weaknesses of diversity programming. She’s given talks and workshops on intersectionality, diversity management, and women of color leadership.
She received her doctorate in sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a masters from the University of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. More information is available at www.melissaabad.com