Carson College of Business Faculty Directory

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Leah Sheppard

Associate Professor And Associate Dean For Equity & Inclusion - Faculty Development
Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship


Phone: (509) 335-7112


  • PhD (University of British Columbia)
  • MS (University of Western Ontario)
  • BA (University of Western Ontario)

Leah Sheppard

Dr. Leah Sheppard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship, and an Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion for the Carson College of Business. She currently teaches Managerial Effectiveness Through Diversity (MGMT 415). Her primary research stream focuses on the effect of gender on individuals' workplace experiences and career outcomes. She is also interested in employees' experiences of phenomena generally treated as taboo when they occur at work, such as sexual behavior, physical attractiveness biases, non-work identity disclosures, and discussions about news/politics. Dr. Sheppard has published her work in several outlets, including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Business Venturing, and The Atlantic. Her research findings have also been publicized in several news outlets, including The New York Times, CBS News, New York Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

Research Interests

gender and leadership attainment
gender inequality and stereotyping in organizations
intrasexual conflict at work
workplace social sexual behavior

Journal Articles

  • Hana Johnson, Elizabeth Umphress, Jay Bates, Shaun Parkinson, Leah Sheppard Does identification hurt or help under identity threat? The exacerbating role of identity centrality on feeling offended and the buffering role of co-worker solidarity on identity protection behaviors Academy of Management Journal, 2024
  • Leah Sheppard, Tiffany Trzebiatowski, Josh Prasad Paternalism in the performance context: Evaluators who feel social pressure to avoid exhibiting prejudice deliver more inflated performance feedback to women Journal of Business and Psychology, 2024
  • Gurdeep Singh Raina, Arrvvind Sahaym, Leah Sheppard The more the merrier? Exploring the effect of women on boards on the gender pay gap in top management teams Journal of Business Research, 2024
  • Teng Iat Loi, Leah Sheppard, Kristine Kuhn The double-edged sword of job-relevant news consumption: A within-person examination of the costs and benefits for employees Journal of Business and Psychology, 2023
  • Ekaterina Netchaeva, Leah Sheppard, Tatiana Balushkina A meta-analytic review of the gender difference in leadership aspirations Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2022
  • Leah Sheppard, Teng Iat Loi, Julie Kmec Too tired to lean in? Sleep quality impacts women's daily intentions to pursue workplace status Sex Roles, 2022
  • Pyayt Oo, Steven Creek, Leah Sheppard Perceived warmth and competence in crowdfunding: Which matters more and for whom? Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2022
  • Leah Sheppard, Carrie Cuttler, Eunjeong Shin, Ryan McLaughlin Differences in cortisol following cooperative and competitive work-related tasks with same-sex versus opposite-sex partners Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2021
  • Leah Sheppard, Jane O'Reilly, Marius van Dijke, Simon Restubog, Karl Aquino The stress-relieving benefits of positively experienced social sexual behavior in the workplace Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2020
  • Leah Sheppard, Stefanie Johnson The femme fatale effect: Attractiveness is a liability for businesswomen's perceived truthfulness, truth, and deservingness of termination Sex Roles, 2019
  • Keith Hmieleski, Leah Sheppard The yin and yang of entrepreneurship: Gender differences in the importance of communal and agentic characteristics for entrepreneurs' subjective well-being and performance Journal of Business Venturing, 2019
  • Leah Sheppard Gender differences in leadership aspirations and job and life attribute preferences among US undergraduate students Sex Roles, 2018
  • Leah Sheppard, Karl Aquino Sisters at arms: A theory of female same-sex conflict at work and its problematization in organizations Journal of Management, 2017
  • Ekaterina Netchaeva, Maryam Kouchaki, Leah Sheppard A man's (precarious) place: Men's experienced threat and self-assertive reactions to female superiors Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2015
  • Karl Aquino, Leah Sheppard, Marla Baskerville Watkins, Jane O'Reilly, Alexis Smith Social sexual behavior at work Research in Organizational Behavior, 2014
  • Leah Sheppard, Karl Aquino Much ado about nothing? Observers' problematization of women's same-sex conflict at work Academy of Management Perspectives, 2013
  • John Meyer, David Stanley, Timothy Jackson, Kate McInnis, Elyse Maltin, Leah Sheppard Affective, normative, and continuance commitment levels across cultures: A meta-analysis Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2012
  • Leah Sheppard, Richard Goffin, Rhys Lewis, James Olson The effect of target attractiveness and rating method on the accuracy of trait ratings Journal of Personnel Psychology, 2011
  • Leah Sheppard, Philip Vernon Intelligence and speed of information-processing: A review of fifty years of research Personality and Individual Differences, 2008

    Books/Book Chapters

    • Book Chapter Mycah Harrold, Leah Sheppard A help or a hindrance? Workplace consequences of women's attractiveness
    • Book Chapter Shannon Rawski, Emilija Djurdjevic, Leah Sheppard, P. Perrewe, J. Halbesleben, C. Rosen Occupational stress: Considering the complex interplay of sex, gender, and job roles