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New event series aims to uncover innovations and opportunities at the cutting edge of data analytics, gender, diversity and inclusion.

April 15, 2021

Toronto – As Canadians look to rebuild from the pandemic, Gender Analytics offers valuable insights for inclusive innovations. Organizations can unlock untapped potential by redesigning work, products, services, and policies through an intersectional gender lens.

Working together to highlight new insights from intersectional gender-based analyses, a new event series has been launched by two research centres at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Gender Analytics: Possibilities (GA:P), presented by the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) and TD Management Data and Analytics Lab (TD MDAL), will highlight how emerging areas of analytics can generate insights into downside risks and upside opportunities for impact.

The series is co-organized by Prof. Susan Christoffersen, co-academic director of TD MDAL and the William A. Downe BMO Chair in Finance; Prof. Sarah Kaplan, Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy and GATE director; and, Prof. Matt Mitchell, co-academic director, TD MDAL. The emerging field of Gender Analytics is helping to unlock innovations in business, advance progress on our biggest social challenges, and change the way we live and work. This event series will feature a curated mix of panels, book talks, and conversations with leading experts.

"The field of data analytics is allowing us to examine and interpret information on an entirely new level. The insights gained are helping to reframe our approach to gender-based solutions from a social, public policy, and business lens," says Prof. Christoffersen.

The first three events in the series are scheduling to run in April and May. A panel on gender inclusive product design with business leaders from Ellevest, Boxed and McCarthy Uniforms takes place on April 22. A conversation with Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble about her book, Algorithms of Oppression, happens on April 28 and a career panel on women in data science with executives from Stathletes, IBM, TD and Plum will be held on May 20. More events are planned for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

"The pandemic may be upending some progress on gender equality. At the same time, it has made room for leaders and organizations to blaze new paths. A gender-based approach to analyze and design business offerings, policies and organizational activities is a must-have for leaders daring to leap," says Prof. Kaplan.

To read more about the GA:P event series and to register for an upcoming event from either research centers, visit:

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About the Institute for Gender and Economy

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.

About the TD Management Data and Analytics Lab

TD Management Data and Analytics Lab promotes cutting-edge analytic tools in business through teaching and research, and is a central source of knowledge and expertise in data science, AI, and machine learning applications. A one-of-a-kind interface that facilitates the assembling, storage and management of big data, the lab empowers its users to create and manage new data sets, and derive actionable insights from them using new programming languages and analytic tools.

About the Rotman School of Management

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
Manager, Media Relations
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
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