Patricia Faison Hewlin, Ph.D., is on faculty at the Desautels Faculty of Management in McGill University, with a specialization in organizational behavior. She researches how organization members and leaders engage in authentic self-expression, as well as factors that impede authenticity in everyday work interactions. Her research has centered on employee silence, and the degree to which members suppress personal values and pretend to embrace organizational values, a behavior she has termed as “creating facades of conformity.” Her research interests also include employee responses to perceived organizational value breach, supplier diversity, and, recently, callings in the workplace, and the impact of mental illness disclosure on career outcomes. Patricia conducts her research in U.S., Canadian, and Asian contexts.
Patricia’s work is published in several academic journals, and she avidly translates her research findings to help leaders, employees, and students leverage diversity in the workplace, acknowledge and address personal bias, and thrive during organizational change. She is particularly interested in helping people integrate more of their “true selves” in the workplace, and helping leaders create environments for psychologically safe and generative authentic self-expression.