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President and Chief Executive Officer

Catalyst Inc

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Catalyst Inc

120 Wall Street

New York, New York 10005

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive. With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia and J ... more

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Background Information


Founding Board Member
All In Together Inc

Board Member
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Committee Member
Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


Management and Technology

The Diversity Institute

bachelor Degree

political science

masters degree

political science

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Deborah Gillis (President and CEO, Catalyst) - moderator

Catalyst and GP Strategies Announce New Leadership Development Program: Leading With Inclusion | Leadership | Training Industry [cached]

"Catalyst research shows that inclusion has the potential to unlock the innovation that will drive companies forward," said Deborah Gillis, president and CEO of Catalyst.

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Moderated by Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst

Catalyst Honors Gap for Pay Equity, Leadership Diversity | The Glasshammer [cached]

In a Q&A with Catalyst CEO and President Deborah Gillis, Hewson described her views on diversity. Several years ago, she noted, Lockheed's senior management realized it needed to get more women and minorities into its leadership pipeline.

"It starts with leadership setting the tone from the top," Hewson said. She emphasized the importance of taking meaningful action to build diversity.

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Deborah Gillis
President & Chief Executive Officer, 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.
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®.
Prior to Catalyst, Ms. Gillis spent more than 20 years advising decision-makers in the public and private sectors, including management roles in two multi-national firms.
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.

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