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New Gender Analytics Specialization Launched by University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy on Coursera.

November 11, 2020

Toronto – Current conversations about diversity and inclusion often forget that these are not just human resource issues but affect how products, services, processes and policies create outcomes that differ by gender, race, and other intersecting identities. A first-of-its-kind Gender Analytics Specialization was launched this week on Coursera by the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.    

The five courses in the specialization help participants analyze their products, services, processes, and policies with an intersectional gender lens, exploring the potential of using Gender Analytics to uncover hidden opportunities for innovation. The courses blend business analytics with human-centred design.   

“This online learning experience is part of GATE’s mission to create myth-busting insights and offer game-changing advice. I am proud to introduce a carefully curated set of instructors who will bring their own unique style and expertise to the specialization. The courses also feature several special guests to talk about their own experiences and enrich the insights with case studies from their work,” says Sarah Kaplan, Distinguished Professor; Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy; fellow of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship; and, professor of strategic management at the Rotman School.  

In addition to Prof. Kaplan, who is the academic director of the specialization, other Rotman faculty leading sessions and courses include:   

Nouman Ashraf, assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resources management; Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Brian Silverman, J.R.S. Prichard and Ann Wilson Chair in Management; professor of strategic management; and Jia-Lin Xie, Magna Professor of Management; assistant professor of organizational behavior and human resources management.

Other instructors in the specialization include Rotman alumni Mark Leung, MBA’06 and Nika Stelman, MBA’16, director of design strategy, Bridgeable; Chanel Grenaway, Principal, Chanel Grenaway & Associates; and Karen Sihra, director of inclusion and diversity, Canada Pension Plan investment Board.   

Further information, including registration, is online.   

The Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management promotes an understanding of gender inequalities and how they can be remedied—by people of all genders—in the world of business and, more broadly, in the economy. At GATE, we are changing the conversation on gender equality by: using rigorous research to investigate the hidden mechanisms that propagate gender equality; funding, translating, and disseminating innovative, academic research; and engaging executives, policy makers, and students to create new solutions for achieving equality, advancing careers, and creating economic prosperity. For more information, visit

The Rotman School of Management is part of the University of Toronto, a global centre of research and teaching excellence at the heart of Canada’s commercial capital. Rotman is a catalyst for transformative learning, insights and public engagement, bringing together diverse views and initiatives around a defining purpose: to create value for business and society. For more information, visit


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Ken McGuffin 
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Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto

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