Catalyst Awards Conference

 

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It Takes EACH of Us

For more than 20 years, the Catalyst Awards Conference has brought together experts from around the world to share knowledge and shape the dialogue about inclusive leadership and other critical factors related to women and workplaces around the globe. The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

The 2016 Catalyst Awards Conference was held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Approximately 700 corporate leaders and members of the media gathered at this one-of-a-kind event to share innovative strategies, research, and expertise on the subject of creating inclusive leadership, cultures, and workplaces and to learn from Gap Inc.'s 2016 Catalyst Award-winning initiative, Women and Opportunity.

 

Lead Sponsor

 

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Agenda

7:30 – 8:15 AM (Optional, Spaces Limited)

Jumping to Inclusion: Your Morning (Learning) Workout

Featuring CatalystX and Leading With Inclusion

Rev up your inclusive leadership learning engine for the day ahead with our interactive pre-Conference session featuring CatalystX and Leading With Inclusion. In this 45-minute, fast-paced learning session, you will participate in a hands-on inclusive leadership activity while learning about our online inclusive leadership learning experience, CatalystX, as well as our blended in-person courses, Leading With Inclusion. Grab a colleague, a coffee, and come join us for some early morning learning fun!

Speakers:

Krista Brookman, Vice President, Inclusive Leadership Initiative, Catalyst
Emily Troiano, Senior Director, CatalystX and Information Center
Tolonda Tolbert, Director, Inclusive Leadership Initiative, Consultant, Global Member Services

7:30 – 8:30 AM

Check-In and Networking Breakfast 

Join us for breakfast and to network with approximately 700 professionals from Catalyst member companies and other leading companies and firms.

8:30 – 9:15 AM

It Takes Intention - Opening Remarks and Setting the Day's Purpose

Catalyst Emcees:

Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, Senior Director, Catalyst Europe AG

Vandana Juneja, Senior Regional Director, Central Canada, Catalyst

Speakers:

Laura Sabattini, PhD, Vice President, Research, and Chair, Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee, Catalyst

Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Target

9:45 – 11:00 AM

Catalyst Breakout Sessions - First Run

(ATTENDEES SELECT ONE)

Empowered Employees: Effective in Work and Life 

Women are often asked if they can “have it all,” but how often are men asked if they want more? How can corporate policies and public actions help all employees achieve true work-life effectiveness? Recently, the public and private sectors have started to focus on creating workplaces that empower employees to be effective in all aspects of their lives. Innovations include adopting gender-neutral family leave policies, instituting flexible work scheduling, and conducting pay equity studies in order to close the wage gap. How can corporate policies influence societal changes and vice versa? In this session, women and men with and without children will discuss how to build workplaces that engage and support employees at all life stages. 

Moderators:

Emily Cohen, Senior Associate, Information Center, Catalyst

Serena Fong, Vice President, Government Affairs, Catalyst

Speakers:

Prof. Brad Harrington, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Work & Family

Matt Krentz- Senior Partner and Managing Director, Global People Team Chair, Boston Consulting Group

Barb McAteer, Sr. Director; Americas Enterprise Sales and Head of Sales Strategy & Execution, Adobe

Troy Roderick – Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Telstra Corporation Limited

Accountability in Action: Aligning Efforts Globally

How do you achieve success across different parts of the world? How do you scale up and sustain momentum for an initiative when it is rolled out across a global enterprise? In this session, we’ll look at ways to align global inclusion efforts, consider global and local implementation approaches, and design solutions for your most pressing diversity and inclusion challenges. Through interactive planning with Catalyst experts and organizational leaders, participants will explore accountability mechanisms to implement in their own organizations, walking away with actionable strategies and tools to enhance accountability across global D&I programs.

Sponsored by: Alcoa Foundation

Moderators:

Julie S. Nugent, Vice President & Center Leader, Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice, Catalyst

Alixandra Pollack, Director, Research, Catalyst

Speakers:

Rohini Anand, PhD, Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo (PM Session)
Sue Dodsworth, Global Diversity Officer and VP Executive Development, Kimberly-Clark Corporation 
Pat Harris, Global Chief Diversity Officer, McDonald's Corporation

Satya-Christophe Menard, Chief Executive Officer, South America, On-site Services, Sodexo (AM Session)

Leslie D. Shuman, Operational Readiness Director – TN Automotive Expansion, Alcoa Aerospace, Transportation and Industrial Products

Courage Counts: Inclusion Across Gender, Race and Ethnicity

Creating solutions for inclusion across gender, race, and ethnic identity requires a hard look beyond the numbers. It requires courageous leadership from people across all levels who dare to break down persistent barriers and create safe spaces, challenge prevailing ways of thinking, and inspire change in workplace policies and practices. In this session, we uncover strategies that individuals and organizations can take to facilitate inclusion and discuss “unspoken” issues that underpin the struggles faced in creating inclusive environments where all can thrive.

Sponsored by: Walmart

Moderators:

Katherine Giscombe, PhD, Vice President and Women of Color Practitioner, Global Member Services, Catalyst
Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, Director, Panel Manager, Research, Catalyst
Dnika J. Travis, PhD, Vice President, Women of Color Research & Center Leader, Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice, Catalyst

Speakers:

Lisa Gutierrez, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Cardinal Health
Ben Hasan, Senior Vice President and Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Lauren N. Williams, Features Editor, Essence Magazine

Humility Helps: Turning Missteps Into Next Steps

Nelson Mandela famously said, “Do not judge me by my successes. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” We can’t be afraid of failure—it contributes to organizational and personal learning, and is a prerequisite for innovation. This session will explore how stumbling blocks can lead to opportunity if organizations and individuals are humble enough to see them as breakthroughs.

Sponsored by: Barilla America 

Moderators:

Deepali Bagati, PhD, Executive Director, United States, Catalyst
Heather Foust-Cummings, PhD, Vice President & Center Leader, Catalyst Research Center for Equity in Business, Catalyst

Facilitator:

Jeff Barth, Program Director, MARC (Men Advocating Real Change), Catalyst

Speakers:

Talita Ramos Erickson, General Counsel (Americas) and Chief Diversity Officer, Barilla
Luke van Hengel, Corporate Vice President, Business Operations, PAREXEL

11:00 – 11:45 AM

Taking the “Work” out of Networking

 

11:45 – 1:00 PM

Luncheon Fireside Conversation

Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, chats with Marillyn A. Hewson, Chairman, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, about her career, her inspired leadership, and her advice for audience members seeking to advance their own careers.

Catalyst Emcees:

Katy Breitenbach, Senior Director, Global Member Relations, Catalyst

Tsukiko Tsukahara, Vice President, Catalyst Japan

1:15 – 2:30 PM

Catalyst Breakout Sessions - Second Run

(ATTENDEES SELECT ONE)

Empowered Employees: Effective in Work and Life 

Accountability in Action: Aligning Efforts Globally

Courage Counts: Inclusion Across Gender, Race and Ethnicity

Humility Helps: Turning Missteps Into Next Steps

2:45 – 4:30 PM

Closing Session - Catalyst Award Winner Panels

Gap Inc.—Women and Opportunity

Catalyst Emcees:

Susannah Gouinlock, Senior Associate, Catalyst Canada

Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC

First Panel Moderator: 

Liz Mulligan-Ferry, Director, Research, Catalyst

First Panel Speakers:

Dan Briskin, VP of Global Employee Relations and HR Shared Services, Gap Inc.
Erin Nolan, Representative Director of Gap Japan K.K., Vice President & General Manager for Gap Specialty Japan, Gap Inc.

Heather Robsahm, Senior Director, Talent Management, Banana Republic 

Second Panel Moderator: 

Juju Chang, ABC News Nightline Co-Anchor

Second Panel Speakers:

Dan Henkle, President, Gap Foundation and SVP Global Sustainability, Gap Inc.
Bobbi Silten, EVP, Global Talent and Sustainability, Gap Inc.
Sonia Syngal, EVP, Global Supply Chain and Product Operations, Gap Inc.
Keith White, SVP, Loss Prevention and Corporate Administration, Gap Inc.

 

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