Gender and Diversity in Organizations

2018 GDO PDW Call for Proposals


PDW Chair: Eden King, Rice University (

2018 GDO Division Professional Development Workshops: Call for Proposals

The Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division invites proposals for the pre-conference professional development workshops (PDW) to be held at the 2018 Academy of Management meeting in Chicago, Illinois. PDW sessions will begin at 8:00AM on Friday, August 10th and conclude on Saturday, August 11th at 8:00PM.

We encourage the submission of PDWs that are interactive and crafted to enhance our members’ knowledge and skills with respect to research, teaching, and practice in the GDO domain. We welcome PDWs that expand our thinking, fostering the generation and contemplation of new possibilities. Submitters should prepare their proposals with reference to the GDO mission:

To generate and disseminate knowledge about gender and diversity within and outside of organizations, embrace diverse perspectives in organizational research and education, and to support social justice through the inclusion of marginalized voices in members’ research and practice.”

The theme of this year’s Academy of Management meeting is “Improving Lives.” We are excited to showcase and celebrate work that addresses the role that organizations can play in enhancing health and well-being in society. The mission of the GDO Division is very much aligned with this theme and there are innumerable ways through which scholarship, teaching, and practice of diversity and inclusion can contribute to the lives of individuals in society. We encourage you to develop PDWs that exemplify or spark such ideals.

Keep in mind that, through our PDW program, we are seeking to provide experiences that best serve the personal and professional needs of our members. Our desire is for PDWs that prompt deep engagement, energize participants and culminate in plans for action, not merely discussions. In this vein, we encourage contributors to consider their PDW submissions from an action perspective and we are more than happy to provide feedback regarding ideas. 

The division is committed to extending our reach – socially, culturally, geographically and across different roles. In the spirit of inclusivity, we welcome proposals designed to facilitate connections and collaborations between our members around the globe. The GDO division solicits PDWs of any form including teaching or publishing workshops, tutorials, debates, roundtable discussions, panels, case studies, and invited speakers; but don’t be constrained by this list. New forms for PDWs are sought too. PDWs provide an opportunity to experiment with new approaches that do not fit within the confines of the regular program, so proposers are encouraged to be innovative in workshop design.

Sessions can include academics, practitioners and representatives from public- and private-sector entities as well as not-for-profits. While submitters have broad discretion in designing proposals, we prefer submissions that are interactive and innovative in nature. Submissions with an interdisciplinary focus are especially welcomed.

GDO pre-conference programming is allotted approximately 22 hours of access to conference facilities and we want to make the most of this time. We invite proposals that can work in more than one of the pre-conference program areas (PDWs, PhD consortium, junior faculty consortium) as these will help to stretch our resources further, while still honoring the three areas’ distinctive goals and constituencies. For example, a PDW that engages with issues relevant to the junior faculty consortium while also being designed to appeal to and serve the professional development needs of participants from the broader membership. Cross divisional proposals, which involve two or more divisions and/or interest groups, are strongly desired.

PDW proposals must be submitted through the Academy of Management’s electronic submission system.

The submission system will be open on November 28, 2017 and the deadline for submission is January 9, 2018 at 5PM Eastern Time (NY time) but earlier submissions are encouraged. If you have questions or would like to discuss a potential workshop idea, please contact the GDO Division’s PDW Chair, Eden King ( To ensure sufficient time to develop your proposal, please forward your general inquiries prior to December 10, 2017.

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