Author - Kellie A. McElhaney

Dr. McElhaney is the Whitehead Faculty Fellow and the founding Faculty Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She launched this center in 2003, which placed corporate responsibility squarely as one of the core competencies and competitive advantages of the Haas School. The Center has received global critical acclaim with The Financial Times rating Haas #1 in the world in 2008. Part of the Center’s differentiation is its $1.3M student-run socially responsible investment fund, which Kellie helped to launch and still advises.

Her Corporate Responsibility work focuses in three areas: (1) Analyzing and developing companies’ CSR strategy and its alignment with corporate strategy, business objectives, core competencies, and value creation; (2) Exploring the linkage between women, business leadership, and corporate sustainability (3) The business value and opportunities in branding, communication and CSR. She has written a book entitled Just Good Business The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand (2010) on these focus areas, as well as given a TED talk on the topic.

Kellie also focuses on Women and Business Leadership, as well as connections between women as corporate leaders and the firm’s sustainability performance. She has developed a new MBA course in this arena called Women in Business in which she looks at the business cases for investing globally in the development of women. She has written various case studies of companies who are doing this, including the GSMA, Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola. You can see her latest study on Women on Boards and Environment Social and Governance (ESG) performance improvements here.

Professor McElhaney teaches Strategic CSR in all of the MBA degree programs- full-time, executive, and part-time. In 2012, she developed and is teaching a new class called Women in Business, which looks at why businesses are investing in the global development of women, and what the business outcomes- financially, socially, and environmentally- are when business successfully attracts, retains, and develops women in to leadership. She has written papers and company case studies on this critical topic.
Kellie keynotes for companies and organizations all over the world, and consults to Global 1000 companies in developing integrated CSR strategy, bridging her academic focus with the practitioner world.

Her client list includes HP, Gap, eBay, McDonalds, Levi, Wal-Mart, Target, Clorox, Ernst & Young, NVIDIA, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nokia (Finland), Navigant, Volunteer Match, Ford Motor Company, PG&E, Driscolls Berries, Triage Consulting Group, Ulster Bank (Ireland), Kimberly-Clark, Frontline, Accenture, StatoilHydro (Norway), Yum! Brands, Chevron, ING, Energizer Holdings, Inc., Pandora Internet Radio, Aboitiz (Philippines).

Kellie serves on the Board of Directors for Globescan and Sierra Europe Offshore, LTD, the Sustainability & Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC) for the Dow Chemical Company, and is a member of the Advisory Boards for SustainAbility, Fuse Corps, and Atalanta Capital. She lives in the Oakland Hills in California and has two middle school-aged daughters. She enjoys photography, yoga, good wine, running and has even tried surfing. She earned her BA from the University of North Carolina, her MA from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Prior to moving in to academia, Kellie worked in retail banking.


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