Joelle Emerson

Joelle is the Founder and CEO of Paradigm, a strategy firm that partners with some of the world’s most exciting and innovative companies to help them build inclusive organizations. Paradigm takes a data-driven approach and draws on social science research to design targeted strategies that empower clients to more effectively attract, select, develop, and retain a diverse workforce. Joelle has written about diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias for USA Today, TechCrunch, and Cosmopolitan. Her work with Paradigm has been featured in The New Yorker, Forbes, Marketplace, CNN Money, and several other outlets.

Before founding Paradigm Joelle was a women’s rights employment lawyer. As a Skadden Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates, she represented women in gender discrimination and sexual harassment litigation, and she advocated for local, state, and federal policies to ensure equal pay and other workplace protections for women. Joelle’s legal background highlighted for her the consequences that can result from companies failing to consider diversity and inclusion early, and inspired her to found Paradigm.

Joelle is an advisor to Women Who Code and sits on Anita Borg Institute’s Organizational Change Working Council. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School.