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Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
Executive Director
Founder, Online Voice & Influence Program
Executive Editor, upRising and Gender News
(650) 723-1994

As Executive Director, Lori Nishiura Mackenzie leads the strategic direction and operations of the Institute, including finance, community relations, marketing, and program development. She is co-founder of the Institute's latest initiative, the Center for the Advancement of Women's Leadership. Mackenzie is creator of the workshops the Language of Leadership and the Dyanmics of Hyper-Effective Teams. She is founder of the online Voice & Influence program aimed at providing people with the skills, information and inspiration to be as effective as possible. This curriculum has been widely viewed through the Clayman Institute's partnership with, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Darden Graduate School of Business and INSEAD.

Mackenzie frequently speaks about Women's Leadership and Seeing | Blocking Bias at leading companies and organizations. Conference presentations include Mt. St. Mary's Women's Leadership Conference, Girls Alliance Keynote, the MAKERS Conference, Professional Business Women of California, eBay WIN Summit, Cisco CTSO Women's Conference, Amelia Earhart Society, VMWorld, the Latina Coalition, HR People & Strategy Global Conference, and the Grace Hopper Celebration Technical Executive Forum. Company presentations include CA Technologies,Cisco, Deloitte, eBay, Genentech, General Mills, LinkedIn, Mozilla, RedHat, Schwab, Shearman & Sterling, State Street, and VMware.

Mackenzie is executive editor of the See Bias | Block Bias Toolkits, which turn research into useful guidelines and worksheets to empower leaders to be more effective and inclusive. She is also executive editor of Gender News and the annual research magazine, upRisingHer articles has been published on Stanford news outlets, the Huffington Post and other media. 

Mackenzie joined the Institute after working in marketing and business management for 20 years at leading companies such Procter & Gamble, Apple,  eBay, PayPal and CafePress. She has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She is on the boards of the Women's Foundation of California, the Alliance for Girls, and the Everest Project. Mackenzie was also a member of the Avon Global Women's Strategy Think Tank, the Launch Team of, and the Gender Equity Principles working group at the City of San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

She can be reached at email

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