Erika H. James became the dean of the Wharton School on July 1, 2020. Trained as an organizational psychologist, Erika is a leading expert on crisis leadership, workplace diversity and management strategy.
Prior to her appointment at Wharton, Erika was the John H. Harland Dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School from 2014 to 2020. An award-winning educator, accomplished consultant and researcher, she is the first woman and first person of color to be appointed dean in Wharton’s 139-year history. As such she has paved the way for women in leadership both in education and corporate America. Erika has been instrumental in developing groundbreaking executive education programs, including the Women’s Leadership program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School.
Known internationally, Erika was named as one of the “Top 10 Women of Power in Education” by Black Enterprise and as one of the “Power 100” by Ebony. She has been quoted as an expert thought leader by The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, CNN.com, and numerous other media outlets.
In addition to her academic responsibilities, Erika is a board member of SurveyMonkey, a California-based market research and customer-experience company, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), and several organizations that align with her passion for education and advancing women in business. Additionally, she serves as an advisory board member to Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management and as an executive board member to the Indian School of Business.
Erika holds a doctorate and master’s in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.
She joined the Board in 2021 and serves on the Nomination and Governance and People and Culture Committees.
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