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Dean Erika James: A Brief Introduction

Trained as an organizational psychologist, Dean Erika James is an award-winning educator and leading expert on crisis leadership, workplace diversity, and management strategy who has paved the way for women in leadership both in education and corporate America throughout her career. Prior to Wharton, she was the John H. Harland Dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School from 2014 to 2020, where she sparked a culture of collaboration and a redesign of the undergraduate business curriculum. She has also been instrumental in developing groundbreaking executive education programs, including the Women’s Leadership program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School. Dean James is now the first woman and first person of color to be appointed dean in Wharton’s 139-year history. “This is an exciting time to be in business education,” said Dean James. “The scope and platform of the Wharton School provides an opportunity to create far reaching impact for students, scholars, and the business community.”

We’re excited to welcome Dean James to Wharton!