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Hair as Identity is an online platform headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its mission is to promote and initiate discussion between men and women from diverse backgrounds around the relationships between hair and self-esteem and perceptions about professionalism. We provide an ongoing series of resources for people striving to manage their professional image.  Join us as we explore untapped conversations, stories and research on the social implications and reactions to natural hair, from to the challenges of wearing natural hair in the workplace and struggles with self-confidence as it relates to hair.

Dr. Tina Opie is an Assistant Professor in the Management Division at Babson College, where she teaches organizational behavior, negotiations and talent management. Professor Opie obtained her Ph.D. in Management (with a concentration in organizational behavior) in May 2010 from New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 1999, she obtained her MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.Dr. Opie’s research focuses primarily on how organizations can create workplaces that successfully leverage individual difference and convey respect for individual contributions. To that end, she studies how hair affects individuals’ self-esteem and social perceptions in the workplace; how to motivate fringe members of work groups to engage; and whether discrimination against overweight people can be reduced by abandoning a focus on appearance and adopting a focus on health.