Pamela Carlton is the co-founder of The Everest Project. She has over 20 years of investment banking experience as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, and prior to that, Morgan Stanley. More recently, Carlton has worked for over 10 years in the area of executive leadership and diversity, as founder and President of Springboard – Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership. Carlton has conducted culture assessments for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including assessing leadership opportunities and obstacles for women and women of color. Springboard was commissioned by The Executive Leadership Council to conduct research on the opportunities and challenges for black women in corporate America, which culminated in the report, Black Women Executives Research Initiative. A graduate of Williams College, Carlton holds JD and MBA degrees from Yale University. Pamela is on the Boards of Yale School of Management, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia Mutual Funds Complex of Ameriprise.
Lily Tang is the co-founder of The Everest Project. She has 10 years of executive experience in the areas of diversity and executive leadership, and is a senior consultant with Springboard – Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership. A former CEO of an international holding company, associate professor, business journalist, and corporate strategy consultant, she has led global employee engagement assessments for Fortune 500 companies, including engagements specifically addressing development and retention challenges of women in high-potential and executive positions. Tang is a certified executive and organizational systems coach. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, an MBA in organizational development and is a certified executive leadership and systems coach. For the past 25 years, she has been active in professional development efforts for women and people of color. She is the founding Chair of the National Association of Asian MBAs and serves on the National Board of Directors of Ascend.
Marla Baskerville Watkins
Marla Baskerville Watkins is a senior researcher with The Everest Project. She is Assistant Professor of Management and Organizational Development at D’Amore-McKim School of Business of Northeastern University. She received her doctorate in Management at the A.B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard University. Her research focus is gender, diversity, modern sexism, sexuality in the workplace, and organizational politics. In 2006, she was a researcher for the Black Women Executive Research Initiative, commissioned by The Executive Leadership Council. Baskerville-Watkins has published in the Academy of Management Perspectives, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
Alexis Smith is a senior researcher with The Everest Project. She is Assistant Professor of Management at Spears School of Business, Oklahoma State University. She received her doctorate in Organizational Behavior at the A.B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rice University. Her research focus involves status and power in organizations as well as diversity in the organization. Smith has published research in the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and the European Journal of Work & Organizational.
Morgan Craven is a principal researcher with The Everest Project. An attorney in Austin, Craven clerked for Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson from 2012 to 2013. Prior to that, she worked as an attorney at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid Inc. In 2006, she was a researcher for the Black Women Executive Research Initiative, commissioned by The Executive Leadership Council. Craven graduated from Harvard Law School in 2011 and received her undergraduate from Stanford University.