ELIZABETH DEBOLD, Ed.D. is best described as a gender futurist for her work at the intersection of individual development and cultural evolution. Trained as a developmental psychologist (Harvard, 1996), she is a leading authority on gender development and author of the bestselling Mother Daughter Revolution (Addison-Wesley, 1993; Bantam, 1994). For the past three decades, she has worked on the front lines of gender and cultural evolution as activist, researcher, journalist, spiritual explorer, and transformative educator. Her lifelong pursuit of freedom, creativity, and equality between the sexes has taken her from door-to-door activism for the U.S. Equal Rights Amendment to groundbreaking research on gender development at Harvard University to cutting-edge cultural and spiritual investigation at evolve magazine. Now, Dr. Debold has founded One World in Dialogue, a global conversation space for people keen on meeting across differences to transform cultural tensions into creative friction.
As a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development, directed by Dr. Carol Gilligan, she made critical theoretical contributions to understanding the cultural roots of gender difference. Widely acknowledged for the power of these insights into women’s and men’s development, they provide the foundation for the innovative programs that she has developed. She created and directed the Ms. Foundation for Women’s Collaborative Fund for Healthy Girls/Healthy Women, which funded cutting-edge programs for girls nation-wide, and more recently was the architect of the Girls Leadership Program at Miss Hall’s School. She has developed acclaimed women’s courses and seminars and served as Academic Director of the Master of Arts program in Conscious Evolution at The Graduate Institute. She has also taught at Harvard University and the New School for Social Research, and is currently on the faculty of Meridian University.
Dr. Debold has been sought out as an expert on gender and the evolution of culture by major media outlets in the U.S. and abroad and has lectured in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. She has consulted to numerous films and television programs, as well as to foundations, nonprofit educational organizations, corporate law firms, and businesses. Her work has appeared in academic publications, popular media, and international anthologies as well as in the now-defunct quarterly magazine, EnlightenNext, where she was Senior Editor for nearly a decade. She has made multiple appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America, and NPR, and was featured in a major Lifetime documentary on girls’ development. Her most recent film, A Seat at the Table, based on her work with girls at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was released in Fall 2012. She is now an editor of the quarterly German-language magazine, evolve, where she writes a feature on gender for each issue. Currently, she is working on several book projects as well as supporting the growth of One World in Dialogue’s Global Dialogue Lab, a free, open series of forums on the changing nature of making change.
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