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HR Global - Gender Pay Gap

9/18/2019
When: Wednesday, Sept 18th
noon - 1:00pm
Where: LuluPress
627 Davis Drive, Ste 300
Morrisville, NC 27709
Contact: Ranya Hahn
(919) 265-5137


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The gender pay gap (and other demographic pay gaps) are a topic of discussion in the boardroom, in the media and among policy makers, with multiple new legislation being passed in a number of states as well as across Europe: in Denmark, Great Britain, and France to name a few. Two years ago, Iceland passed a law requiring every organization with more than 25 employees to obtain an equal pay verification. In this talk we will discuss the motivation behind the legislation, talk about how companies have reacted, and how quantitative decision tools can help drive pay equity.  

"Bring Your Own Lunch" 

Speaker bio: Margrét Vilborg Bjarnadóttir is an entrepreneur, researcher and educator. Dr. Bjarnadóttir is an Assistant Professor of Management Science and Statistics at Robert H. Smith School of Business. Dr. Bjarnadóttir’s research focuses on data-driven decision-making, addresses challenging, complex problems of significant social impact. Over the past few years she has focused in part on people analytics and the pay gap in particular. In 2016 she co-founded PayAnalytics to apply data analytics to eliminate the gender pay gap, changing how organizations measure and more importantly close the gender pay gap, arming HR managers with quantitative decision making tools. Her work on pay equity been covered by outlets such as HBR, Forbes, BBC, HR magazine and others. Most recently she was awarded the GWIIN - overall inventor innovator platinum award.

At the Smith School, Dr. Bjarndóttir teaches quantitative modeling and data analytics at the graduate level both in the traditional classroom format as well as online, and has received multiple awards including the Krowe Teaching Award. Her academic work has been published in multiple journals including Operations Research, POM and Org Science. Dr. Bjarnadóttir holds a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Iceland (2001) and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008).