SAN MATEO, CA—August 14, 2018—SurveyMonkey, a leading global provider of survey software products, announced today the addition of Erika Hayes James—an award-winning educator, accomplished consultant and published researcher—to its board of directors. The SurveyMonkey board now has an equal representation of women and men.
“Erika is a dynamic leader in the education sector where we have a large customer footprint and a great growth opportunity. She also brings a wealth of domain expertise in survey methodology, organizational psychology and driving accountable leadership,” said SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie. “I’m thrilled to work with Erika and excited to see the impact of her contribution.”
James has paved the way for women in leadership both in education and in corporate America. She was the first African-American woman to be appointed dean of a top-25 business school. She has served as the John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School since 2014. Through her academic research, she has shed light on why female leadership is crucial to any business, with notable papers titled,“When Firms Fail to Learn: The Perpetuation of Discrimination in the Workplace” and, “How Women’s Strengths Helps Firms with Volatile Environments.”
As a consultant, James has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as ACNielsen, Intel, American Express, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Pharmaceuticals and GE. She has been instrumental in starting various Executive Education programs, including the Women’s Leadership Program at Darden, and sits on the board of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), the foremost authority on business school admissions and manager of the GMAT exam. She previously sat on the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the principal accrediting body in business education.
“As an educator with a passion for helping students and businesses thrive, I’m excited about the strength of SurveyMonkey’s mission to power the curious,” said James. “My life’s work is helping women reach leadership positions, and I am impressed by SurveyMonkey’s dedication to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Together, we can set an example for the rest of the industry and create meaningful change.”
“SurveyMonkey’s board is filled with change agents,” added Lurie. “We are bringing together diversity of thought and experience across industries, functions and demographic circles. Our strong board and management team ensure we are listening to the voices of the people that matter most to drive our business forward.”
“The data captured through SurveyMonkey products provides many insights on employee engagement and diversity and inclusion that can be used to inform decisions and make an impact,” added James. “SurveyMonkey provides a great value to business and society and I look forward to being in a position to aid its mission and guide its future.”
James will join chair of the board, David Ebersman, and members Susan Decker, Dana Evan, Ryan Finley, Zander Lurie, Sheryl Sandberg, Brad Smith, Benjamin Spero, and Serena Williams. Lee Fixel, partner at Tiger Global Management, has stepped down.
Founded in 1999, SurveyMonkey changed the way people gather feedback by making it easy for anyone to create their own online surveys. Today, SurveyMonkey’s mission is to power curious individuals and organizations to measure, benchmark and act on the opinions that drive success. Our People Powered Data platform enables conversations at scale to deliver impactful customer, employee and market insights. The company’s 700+ employees are dedicated to fueling the curiosity of over 16 million active users globally. For more information about SurveyMonkey, please visit surveymonkey.com.
About Goizueta Business School
Business education has been an integral part of Emory University’s identity since 1919. That kind of longevity and significance does not come without a culture built around success and service. Emory University’s Goizueta Business School offers a unique, community-oriented environment paired with the academic prestige of a major research institution. Goizueta trains business leaders of today and tomorrow with an Undergraduate degree program, a Two-Year Full-Time MBA, a One-Year MBA, a Master of Science in Business Analytics, an Evening MBA, an Executive MBA (Weekend and Modular formats), a Doctoral degree and a portfolio of non-degree Emory Executive Education courses. Together, the Goizueta community strives to solve the world’s most pressing business problems. The school is named for the late Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company.