- Freada Kapor Klein
Freada Kapor Klein, Ph.D. (born 1952) is a pioneer in the field of
organizational developmentand human resourcesand diversity consulting, as co-founder of the first organizationin the U.S. to offer comprehensive services, training, and consultation on the topic of sexual harassmentto both the private and public sectors in 1976 . Afterward, she became the first director of Employee Relations for Lotus Development Corporation, before founding her own research, training, and consulting firm, Klein Associates, Inc., in 1987. Klein also frequently served as an expert witness on gender discriminationand sexual harassment.
Klein now devotes the majority of her time to work in the
non-profitworld. In 2001 she founded the Level Playing Field Institute, a non-profit which promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher educationand workplaces by removing barriers to full participation. While serving on the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Klein co-founded the IDEAL Scholars Fundwith three other board members in 2000. IDEAL invests in high-caliber, underrepresented students at Berkeley by providing resources and support to maximize their educational experiences and leadership opportunities during collegeand beyond. The fund was established in response to California Proposition 209.
Klein’s for-profit and non-profit endeavors include the design and execution of several landmark studies, including: an annual survey of quality of worklife issues in
Internetstart-ups, a survey of Fortune 500manufacturing and service firms to determine the effectiveness of corporate efforts to address sexual harassment, a survey of gender biasand sexual harassmentexperienced by Massachusetts physicians and medical students, survey projects for the United Nationsand World Bankon various forms of harassment, and a national representative survey of U.S. employers and employees on their perceptions of fairness in the workplace.
Klein is quoted extensively by the media. She has been interviewed for numerous publications, including: "
Business Week", the " Chicago Tribune", " Forbes", "Fortune", the " Harvard Business Review", the " Los Angeles Times", the " The National Law Journal", " Newsweek", " The New York Times", " The Wall Street Journal", and " The Washington Post". Televisionappearances include: "The Today Show," " NBC Nightly News," " Prime Time Live," "Nightline," "The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour," " 20/20," " CBS This Morning," and " Good Morning America."
Klein received her
undergraduatedegree in criminologyfrom UC Berkeley in 1974, and her Ph.D. in social policy and research from the Heller School at Brandeis Universityin 1984, with a Social Science Research Council fellowship for the study of sexual harassmentin federal government employment.
Klein and her husband,
Mitchell Kapor, live in San Francisco, California.
* [http://www.lpfi.org/ Level Playing Field Institute]
* [http://www.lpfi.org/education/ideal_fund.shtml IDEAL Scholars Fund]
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