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Brooke Weddle Ricalde
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2006-07, International and Comparative Education

Brooke Weddle is an Engagement Manager in the Seoul Office of McKinsey & Company. Brooke is currently leading efforts in Asia on organizational health using McKinsey's Organizational Health Index (OHI) survey. She has served clients across  multiple industries and sectors on predominantly Organization and Sales topics, including talent strategy, HR effectiveness, organizational design, leadership development, and capability building. Brooke is a member of McKinsey's Healthcare and Organization Practices and holds the Firm’s "expertise" designation in Organization, with a focus on human capital strategy. Brooke has a Ph.D. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University, an M.A. in Economics from Stanford University, an M.A. in Spanish from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish with high honors from the University of Virginia.

During her time at the Clayman Institute, she conducting dissertation research on the relationship between gender, human capital, social capital, and financial capital in the small business sector of Peru. Women are over-represented in this sector, but continue to have disproportionately less access to financial capital and professional training. Despite having only somewhat less education than men, female small business owners in Lima continue to engage in production that is characterized by low capital requirements, crowding in traditional industries, and comparatively less stable labor arrangements. This means that although Peruvian women have been able to realize greater economic security and independence, their work in the small business sector is primarily survival-based. Ricalde investigated these gender differences by examining how social capital, which generally refers to access to information and resources through relational networks, interacts with human capital to impact the level of income that male and female entrepreneurs derive from their businesses.