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Portraits in Allyship

Male allyship is critical in the evolution of gender equality programs in the workplace. Indeed, when men are included in gender equality programs, 96% of organizations see progress — compared to only 30% of organizations when men are not engaged, according to the Harvard Business Review.


Allyship Studies and Responses


“Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too.” - Emma Watson
Our groundbreaking research on male allies is a call to action for male ally leaders to advance women’s leadership.

Male Allies

  • Joshua Bixby
    Joshua Bixby 
    CEO of
  • Steve Crown
    Steve Crown 

    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Human Rights, Microsoft
  • Miguel de Serpa Soares
    Miguel de Serpa Soares 

    Under Secretary General and Chief Legal Counsel of the United Nations; hosts to the class on International Women’s Human Rights, 2019 and 2020
  • Suneel Gupta
    Suneel Gupta 
    Founder of RISE, Author of Backable
  • David Hornik
    David Hornik 

    “I think that anything we can do to give women a seat at the table and a voice in the conversation will profoundly benefit everyone.”
  • René Lacerte
    René Lacerte 
    Fintech Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of
  • Blake Lawit
    Blake Lawit 
    Senior Vice President and General Counsel, LinkedIn
  • Dr. Suku Nagendran
    Dr. Suku Nagendran 
    Board Member, Solid BioSciences; former Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President of AveXis, Inc.
    Board Member, Solid BioSciences; former Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President of AveXis, Inc.
  • Vasant (Vas) Narasimhan
    Vasant (Vas) Narasimhan 
    M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Novartis
  • Sanjay Sarma
    Sanjay Sarma 
    Vice President, Open Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Timothy Wilkins
    Timothy Wilkins 

    Global Partner for Client Sustainability
  • Christopher Yoo
    Christopher Yoo 
    John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition
  • Mitchell Zuklie
    Mitchell Zuklie 
    Chairman, Orrick
    “Gender diversity in business is directly linked to increased creativity, collective intelligence and financial performance. … It’s no surprise then that many of our country’s most innovative companies are instituting new policies to invest in women leaders.”