Dr. Beth A. Livingston is the Ralph L. Sheets Associate Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business, an internal advisor with the Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, a NIOSH Center of Excellence, and the faculty director of the Dore-Tippie Women's Leadership program. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and her MBA from the University of Kentucky, she began her career at Cornell University in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations before moving to the Midwest. She is passionate about studying human resources, gender & diversity, and the management of work and family in the service of employee well-being. Her research has been highlighted in the New York Times, NPR, and the Harvard Business Review, and she has been published in multiple top academic journals. Dr. Livingston has also done executive education, speaking engagements, and consulting for companies and non-profits such as Accenture, John Deere, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, Allsteel, and Hollaback! and is the co-author of "Shared Sisterhood," from Harvard Business Review Press,.
Beth has taught and mentored thousands of students since she began her academic career. Her students have gone on to academic jobs, corporate leadership, legal careers, and careers in public service. There is no greater feeling of pride than when your students thrive.
Atticus DeProspo (shown here; Cornell ILR c/o 2012, University of Alabama Law School c/o 2019) interned for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and has been a leader for equity and justice since his time as an undergrad. (photo credit: Cornell Daily Sun)
Beth centers a research-based approach to her academic and consulting work. Working for public institutions means giving back to the public, and it is a privilege to translate research into practice for the well-being of Iowa's employees and employees around the world.
During the COVID pandemic in early 2020, Beth recorded a number of videos translating her research into important action items for companies struggling with the transition into remote work.
Beth has been recognized for her expert communication of research to the public, whether related to her research on Shared Sisterhood or with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty's global campaign against domestic abuse. She takes the time to communicate with the public and the media to insure that the value of the research is maximized for the public good.
Beth is awarded the 2023 Faculty Communicating Ideas Award by University of Iowa President Barbara Wilson in September 2023.