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Former Hepburn Fellow Karen Stephenson to discuss social-network analysis as a tool for social change

On Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in Wyndham House's Ely Room, the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center will present "Social Network Analysis as a Tool for Social Change," a talk by 2006-07 Hepburn Fellow Karen Stephenson, who has continued to work with Bryn Mawr students and faculty members since her tenure as a fellow last year.

Stephenson, the president and CEO of the management-consulting firm Netform, Inc., is a corporate anthropologist who is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in detecting, diagnosing, and designing human networks to solve a variety of complex organizational, business, economic, and social problems.

She has taught at several universities, including Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Imperial College’s Graduate School of Management, MIT’s Sloan School of Management and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She received a Ph.D. at Harvard University, an M.A. at the University of Utah, and a B.A. at Austin College.

Stephenson worked with Leadership Philadelphia to identity the top 100 “Connectors” in the Philadelphia region—the people to whom colleagues go when they want to get things done. By connecting these Connectors, social capital in the region is increased in ways that should lead to more successful innovation.

As a Hepburn Fellow last year, Stephenson worked with Bryn Mawr students and Professor of Mathematics Victor Donnay, an active member of the Math and Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, to apply her methods in an analysis of social networks in a Philadelphia-area school district. Stephenson and Donnay have continued that work with a new set of student researchers this academic year.

 

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Posted 4/17/2008 by Claudia Ginanni