Erin Wolf

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Erin Wolf considers herself a bit of an anomaly.  She worked on Wall Street when few women did…

Georgia (Mar 10, 2014) — Erin Wolf considers herself a bit of an anomaly.  She worked on Wall Street when few women did, and her resume reads like a laundry list of elite Wall Street firms: Bain & Company, Goldman Sachs, Accenture and Salomon Brothers, Inc.

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In 2011, Wolf brought 25 years of experience in leadership development to the Coles College of Business when she was named an executive-in-residence, and for the past year has served as executive director of the Women’s Leadership Center (WLC).

Launched a year ago, the WLC offers an executive leadership program for women, provides quarterly roundtables and other events for corporate women, and conducts research on workplace issues.

“The Women’s Leadership Center really transformed from a few companies that were part of a Professional Women’s Alliance that met quarterly to 19 companies today,” said Wolf.  And that number is growing, she added.

“The success of the center is because I have been able to rely on great partners,” said Wolf.  “Partnerships are the key to it all.”  

The center completed its first joint research project with Diversified Search, a professional search firm, uncovering gender differences in health care employment.  The WLC is also working with the gender and women’s studies program at Kennesaw State to offer a joint certificate focused on Gender in the Workplace, which will launch in the fall.

“It’s important to engage men in gender issues,” Wolf said. Despite half of all professional positions now being held by women, men still dominate the leadership ranks.

Wolf teaches courses on executive leadership in the EMBA program at Coles and also studies gender in the workplace, having worked in both corporate and academic settings.

“Women don’t always understand the unwritten rules in the workplace,” she said. “In addition, owning their ambition is not as socially acceptable, but there’s a new movement that is changing that. Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In book is teaching women that ambition and collaboration are not mutually exclusive.”

Wolf has written two books since 2009, Lessons From the Trenches: A Women’s Guide to Winning the Corporate Game and If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Secrets to Success from Top Women Leaders.

Wolf earned her undergraduate degree in economics and Spanish from Duke University as a scholarship athlete in tennis, and earned her MBA from Harvard University.  


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