March 25, 2019
Ledford Negotiates for Climate Change at CMU
By Bruce Gerson
Ayana Ledford is working hard to make her roles at Carnegie Mellon obsolete.
Ledford is director of diversity and inclusion for the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. She’s also executive director of PROGRESS, the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society at the Heinz College, which teaches young girls and women how to negotiate. PROGRESS was founded by its faculty adviser Linda Babcock, who co-authored “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide.”
“My goal is that one day there will no longer be a need for a position like mine. If I’m successful, I will no longer have a job. That would be the greatest thing ever,” Ledford said.