Beyond Quotas: Creating Truly Meritocratic Organizations

Friday, February 6th, 1:45-2:30 | MIT Media Lab

Unconscious bias impacts everyone. Even men – not usually the focus of diversity efforts – face a set of assumptions about their interests, skills and personalities based on the group they belong to. How can we create organizations that offer equal opportunities to everyone, both those belonging to underrepresented groups and to the majority group? How can we create true meritocracies that offer fair opportunities for development and advancement? Join us for a discussion on the challenges facing organizations that aim to be meritocratic and what we can do to ensure everyone is treated fairly in the quest for diversity.


Michelle Nicholasen | Writer, Editor, Producer


Keith Bevans | Partner, Sr. Director of Global Consultant Recruiting | Bain & Company | MIT alum
Emilio J. Castilla | Associate Professor of Management | MIT Sloan School of Management
Barbara Mariniello | Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Debt Capital Markets Barclays | Sloan alumna
Tara Murphy | Vice President and General Manager for Keurig Green Mountain, Global Brand & Product - Cold Systems | Keurig

MODERATOR & PanelistS bio

Michelle Nicholasen | Writer, Editor, Producer

Michelle has been a writer, editor and video producer in the Boston area for over 25 years. Her projects range from documentary production to script writing to local journalism. Prior to freelancing, she produced and directed documentary films at WGBH-TV, for the Nova and Frontline series.  She is the co-author of the book, I Brake for Meldtowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2 to 5 Year Old (Perseus 2008). Michelle is a regular contributor to, specializing in urban environmental issues.

Keith Bevans | Partner, Sr. Director of Global Consultant Recruiting, Performance Improvement Expert, Chicago Office | Bain & Company | MIT alum




Keith Bevans is a partner in Bain & Company’s Chicago office, head of the firm’s Global Consultant Recruiting team, and a member of the firm’s Global Performance Improvement and Healthcare Practices.  He joined Bain in 1996. 

In his global recruiting role, serving 51 offices in 32 countries, he is responsible for the overall strategic development and implementation of the firm’s Global Consultant Recruiting initiatives to identify, screen, and hire talent from the top business schools. He is also the director of the Blacks at Bain program.

As a partner in the Performance Improvement Practice, his focus is on G&A optimization and process redesign.  He has served several clients in the healthcare sector, but has broad experience including retail, industrial goods, and consumer products.

Mr. Bevans earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering in electrical engineering from MIT.

He is very active in community affairs through his board leadership roles at The Ancona School and his church.  He has also done several pro-bono projects for the City of Chicago focused on healthcare transformation, violence reduction, and cultural arts. 

Emilio J. Castilla | Associate Professor of Management | MIT Sloan School of Management 

Emilio J. Castilla is currently an associate professor of management at the MIT Sloan School of Management (Behavioral and Policy Sciences Area), where he teaches courses in organizational behavior and strategic human resource management. He joined MIT after being a faculty member in the Management Department at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Institute for Work and Employment Research at MIT; and also a research Fellow at the Wharton Financial Institutions Center and at the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School. He received his post-graduate diploma degree in business analysis from the Management School in Lancaster University (UK) and his PhD (and MA) from Stanford University.

His research primarily focuses on the sociological aspects of work and employment. He is particularly interested in examining how social networks and organizational processes influence employment outcomes over time, and he tackles these questions by examining different empirical settings with unique longitudinal datasets, at both the individual and organizational level. His work has been published in several academic journals and edited volumes. He has also written a book on the use of longitudinal methods in social science research (Elsevier/ Academic Press). He received the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship of the American Sociological Association in 2001 (with Fernandez and Moore). He is the recipient of the Cilker Teaching Award and the Stanford Centennial Teaching Award.

Barbara Mariniello | Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Debt Capital Markets Barclays | Sloan alum

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Barbara Mariniello is a Managing Director in Debt Capital Markets at Barclays.  Barbara is based in New York and leads Debt Capital Markets coverage for the Consumer Products, Retail and Healthcare sectors. She is responsible for relationships with top clients including Walmart, Target, CVS Health, Staples, Mondelez and Anheuser-Busch InBev.  She has led over $200 billion of bond issuances across multiple currencies and arranged financing for numerous acquisitions and spin-offs.

Prior to joining the firm in September 2008, Barbara held a similar position at Lehman Brothers.  She started at Lehman Brothers in 1999 and has covered various sectors in Debt Capital Markets throughout her career including Real Estate and Industrials. 

Barbara is a member of Barclays’ Senior Core Recruiting Team, Investment Banking Diversity Committee and Women’s Initiatives Network.  Working Mother magazine named Barbara a “Woman of Achievement” and a “Working Mother of the Year” for 2014.  Working Mother noted Barbara’s ability to succeed in business as a trusted advisor to marquee clients, contribute to the future success of the company by training, mentoring and promoting junior bankers, and being a culture carrier within Barclays, all while raising three children under the age of eight, volunteering at her children’s schools and serving as a youth soccer coach. 

Barbara received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Mathematics from Cornell University.

Tara Murphy | Vice President and General Manager for Keurig Green Mountain, Global Brand & Product - Cold Systems | Keurig

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Tara Murphy is the Vice President and General Manager for Keurig Green Mountain, Global Brand & Product - Cold Systems. She is leading the refreshment revolution by bringing Keurig single serve convenience and variety to cold beverage categories. 

Tara is a results-driven leader with expertise in engineering, operations, brand management and market strategy.  While at Procter & Gamble for seventeen years, Tara’s career started in technical and transitioned to commercial with a record of achievement along the way.  Prior to joining Keurig Green Mountain in 2013, Tara ran the US Home Care category for Reckitt Benckiser. 

Tara Murphy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering.