Lauren Aguilar, PhD is a leading expert on diversity and inclusion. Lauren specializes in translating the science of diversity into actionable strategies that organizations and teams can use to foster more diverse and inclusive workplaces. She partners with innovative companies like Airbnb, Clif Bar, and eBay.
Lauren’s superpower is using a data-driven—yet human centered—approach to diversity and inclusion. Her research on diversity, team dynamics, belonging, and communication has been published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Physics Today, Gender News, Symmetry Magazine, the Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, and the Journal of Personality.
As a thought leader, she has been featured in Fast Company, Yahoo, HRCI, Top Employer, ZDnet, Popsugar, the Women in Science Forum. She was named a “40 Under 40” by San Francisco Business Times, “Top Diversity Influencer” by Culture Amp and a “Distinguished Emerging Global Leader” by Womensphere.
Lauren has presented her research at many conferences around the world, and has taught courses on diversity at Stanford University and Columbia University. Prior to Forshay, she was a partner at a boutique diversity consulting firm, a research scientist and co-director of a diversity fellowship/mentorship program at Stanford University.
Lauren earned her PhD in social psychology at Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.