Elizabeth Doty, MBA


Adjunct Professor


MBA, Operations Management, Harvard Business School
BA, International Economics, University of California, Berkeley


Elizabeth Doty is a consultant, author, facilitator, and researcher focused on increasing the positive societal impact of business. For the past 27 years, she has helped clients in over a dozen industries in clarifying their values and translating purpose into action. Her book, “The Compromise Trap: How to Thrive at Work without Selling your Soul,” published in the aftermath of the financial crisis, helps professionals act on their values courageously and effectively in the workplace.

As a Lab Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, Elizabeth tracked the implementation of 23 promises to stakeholders made by the CEO of a Fortune 300 company. The results of that research are published in a working paper, “Commitments, Disrupted: Understanding and Addressing Commitment Drift in For-Profit Enterprises,” with Dr. Maryam Kouchaki and Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino. Based on that paper, Elizabeth was recognized as a National Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America in 2016 and 2017.

Ms. Doty writes regularly for PwC’s magazine, Strategy+business, on values, leadership, and trust. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Shareholder Commons, a non-profit working to address capital systems failures that are endangering our common interests as a society. She is an active member of the Advisory Council of American Promise, a bipartisan national group working on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reauthorize limits on political spending, as a critical factor in improving economic competitiveness and restoring trust in civic institutions. She is currently forming a task force on “corporate political responsibility,” as a key lever for action on climate, income inequality, racial inequity, and a renewed capitalism that creates value for all stakeholders and the long-term.