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Ms. Deborah Gillis

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President and Chief Executive Off...

Local Address: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Catalyst Inc
120 Wall Street
New York, New York 10005
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit corporate membership research and advisory organization working globally with businesses and the professions to...   more

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Catalyst calls for women on 25 percent of FP500 boards - Network of Executive Women, 13 Feb 2013 [cached]
"The Catalyst Accord is more than a call to action -- it closes the loop,†said Deborah Gillis, senior vice president, membership and global operations for Catalyst.
"If every FP500 company commits to filling a vacant board seat with one qualified woman, we can easily achieve at least 25 percent representation by 2017,†Gillis said.
ABD Leadership, 25 Oct 2014 [cached]
Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst
Deborah Gillis is President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working to change workplaces and improve lives by advancing women into business leadership. She is the fourth President in Catalyst's 52-year history-and the first from outside the United States. She is also the first internal successor from within Catalyst's ranks to hold this office.
Ms. Gillis brings a unique blend of strategic vision, operational savvy, and advocacy to her position. Her distinguished career at Catalyst includes roles as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Membership and Global Operations, where she led Catalyst's global growth strategy and expansion into India and Australia. Ms. Gillis joined Catalyst in 2006 to lead Catalyst Canada and became Vice President, North America, in 2008, introducing a new global membership model which enabled Catalyst to support members and their operations around the world. She initiated Catalyst Canada's signature event, the Catalyst Canada Honours, paying tribute to champions of women's advancement to leadership in corporate Canada, and she instituted the Catalyst Connects series of events, in which senior executive women share their inspiring stories. In anticipation of the current attention to board diversity challenges in Canada, she led Catalyst's initiative to increase women in the boardroom, resulting in the successful launch of the Catalyst Accord and Catalyst's first acquisition, Women On Board®.
As a breast cancer survivor and a woman who has successfully overcome the challenges inherent in high-pressure, male-dominated environments, Ms. Gillis is a recognized advocate and expert on expanding opportunities for women and business. She is frequently quoted in the media globally, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, CNBC, CNN, The Globe and Mail, and Economic Times, on issues related to talent and women's leadership. She regularly addresses senior leaders around the world in a variety of business, academic, and public policy venues.
female board members r/ally Your Goals, 7 July 2014 [cached]
"In 2012, to say that there aren't women who have the skills and experience to contribute to boards really isn't credible," argued Deborah Gillis, senior vice president, global operations at Catalyst. For its part, Catalyst will provide participating companies with access to a list of board-ready women, personally sponsored by company leaders.
Edmonton-Alberta based entrepreneur, Kimberly Kerr, who founded Sit at the Table (SATT), a group whose mission is to promote effective gender balance on Canadian Boards, echoed Ms. Gillis' sentiment and referenced the barriers women face as newcomers to boards.
Executive Staff |, 4 April 2014 [cached]
April 2, 2014 by Deborah Gillis
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Executive Staff |, 4 April 2014 [cached]
Deborah Gillis
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