Premier Conference Sponsor:


Workplaces That Work for Women

To build inclusive workplaces—as a leader, manager, or individual—you need powerful tools, expert knowledge, and real-world examples from the field. You need solutions custom-fit to your role and the change you want to make. That’s why we’ve organized the 2018 Catalyst Awards Conference agenda into three specialized tracks: .

  • Business Champions and Diversity & Inclusion Professionals
  • C-Suite and Senior Executives
  • Emerging Leaders

You’ll learn from the 2018 Catalyst Award winners, Catalyst experts, and other companies leading change. And you’ll go back to work equipped to knock down roadblocks and rewire your corporate culture. Register now to make real change for women! See the agenda below or download the PDF

2018 Catalyst Award-Winning Initiatives

  Business Champions and D&I Professionals Track C-Suite and Senior Executive Track Emerging Leaders Track

Are you a business champion of workplaces that work for women? A Chief Diversity Officer, an Employee Resource Group leader, or a Business Unit leader?

You are an architect of change, championing women, diversity, and inclusion. Learn the latest insights, tools and strategies and how to best use them to make impact. 

Lead Track Sponsor: 

Supporting Track Sponsors:


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Are you an executive in the C-suite, at the SVP+ level, or a corporate board member?

You have the distinct power to accelerate change in your organization through influence, role modeling, and personal championship. Join members of the Catalyst Board of Directors and other C-level leaders to share honest insights and solutions for accelerating your personal impact and transforming the way we work together. 

*Registration is limited and by invitation only.

Lead Track Sponsor: 

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Supporting Track Sponsor:


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Are you an up-and-coming leader, high-potential employee, or middle manager?

You want to take charge of your career and position yourself and your team for advancement. Assess your current career strategy, learn which strategies are proven to work for women and men, and develop a plan to put them to use so you can carve your path to success.

Lead Track Sponsor: Open
Supporting Track Sponsors: 

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7:30 – 8:30 am

Check-In and Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 am

2018 Catalyst Awards Conference Kick Off and Opening Remarks

Caroline A. Wanga, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President Human Resources, Target Corporation

9:15 – 10:15 am

2018 Award Winner Plenary

  • The Boston Consulting Group: [email protected]
  • IBM: Leading the Cognitive Era Powered by the Global Advancement of Women
  • Nationwide: Our Associates' Success Drives Business Success
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation: Building the Best Culture, Leveraging the Power of Women

Julie S. Nugent, Vice President, Research and Chair, Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee, Catalyst

  • Rich Lesser, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Boston Consulting Group

  • Deb Bubb, HR VP and Chief Leadership, Learning & Inclusion Officer, IBM

  • Gale King, EVP, Chief HR and Administrative Officer, Nationwide

  • Wes Bush, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Denise Peppard, Corporate Vice President and CHRO, Northrop Grumman Corporation


Audrey Gallien, Senior Director, Business Development, Catalyst

Networking With a Purpose
Get to know other attendees and what you have in common.

Spotlight on Emerging Leaders
Young high-potential leaders from Arconic and UPS will share their vision of the future workforce, exploring the intersections of generational differences, gender, and career advancement.

10:15 – 10:45 am


Take Charge of Your Career
Explore your current career advancement strategies, learn the top advancement strategies and how they pay off differently for men and women, and discuss why we see these differences in the workplace. 

10:45 – 11:45 am

Choose one session to hear leaders from the 2018 Catalyst Award-winning companies discuss the issue:

1) Workplace Cultures That Work for Women

Emily Cohen, Director, Information Center, Catalyst

  • Jennifer Garcia-Alonso, Global [email protected] Director, The Boston Consulting Group

  • Heather Howell, Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager, IBM

  • Mia Hairston, Chief Diversity Officer, Nationwide

  • Sandra Evers-Manly, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman Corporation 

2) Addressing Workplace Issues at the Intersection of Gender, Race and Ethnicity

Tuni DeJesus, Director, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst 

  • Terri Forgy, SVP, Talent, Diversity & Organization Effectiveness, Nationwide

  • Kymberlee Dwinell, Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Northrop Grumman Corporation


3) Engaging Men as Champions to Help Women Advance and Succeed

Emily Zuckerman, JD, PhD, Vice President, Global Administration & Legal Affairs, Catalyst

  • Lukas Staniszewski, Senior Managing Consultant - Digital Strategy, IBM

  • E.J. “Gene” Fraser, Vice President, Programs, Quality and Engineering, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Listen to a panel of senior leaders from 2018 Catalyst Award-winning companies discussing the benefits of inclusion and how advancing women yields business results.

Anna Beninger, Senior Director, Research and Corporate Engagement Partner, Catalyst

  • Matt Krentz, Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

  • Phil Gilbert, General Manager IBM Design

  • Amy Shore, President P&C Sales and Distribution, Nationwide

  • Shawn Purvis, Corporate Vice President and President, Enterprise Services, Northrop Grumman Corporation


Inspiration From Catalyst Award Winners 
Gain advice, ideas, and insight from this panel of emerging leaders from the 2018 Catalyst Award-winning companies, who will share how their stories of success, failure, and growth have been influenced by their company’s Catalyst Award-winning initiative.

Jared Cline, Community Manager, MARC (Men Advocating Real Change)

  • Katie Abouzahr, Principal, The Boston Consulting Group

  • Crystal Files, Director, Agency Marketing Solutions, Nationwide

  • Artie Thumar, Systems Engineer, Communications Division, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Lunch Objectives
Get ready for a networking lunch with goals that might earn you a special award!

11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Networking Lunch and Luncheon Fireside Conversation

Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, discusses the importance of intentional leadership in creating workplaces that work for women with Brian Cornell, Chairman & CEO, Target Corporation; Member, Catalyst Board of Directors; and Catalyst CEO Champion For Change

1:30 – 2:00 pm


1:30 – 1:45 pm
Opening Remarks

Build Your Skills: Gaining Access to Power and Influence 
It’s a lot easier to advance when you have mentors and sponsors. But what’s the difference? How can you find a sponsor? Practice asking your sponsor for the new opportunity that you want.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Choose One Session: 

1) Workplace Cultures That Work for Women
Do you think your workplace works for women? Some of your coworkers might disagree. Workplace culture affects different groups of employees in different ways, and making your workplace work for everyone is a must both for the bottom line and for employee engagement. We’ll bring a real-world case study to life to teach you to assess how your culture can improve, introduce methods for monitoring progress, reveal how to turn inevitable setbacks into opportunities, and show you how to approach difficult conversations when those setbacks arise.

Betsy Bagley, Senior Director and Consultant, Advisory Services, Catalyst
Katherine Giscombe, PhD, Vice President and Women of Color Practitioner, Advisory Services, Catalyst

  • Brian Paulen, Managing Director and Leader, Seattle Office, West Monroe Partners

  • Susan Stelter, Co-Founder and Chief People Officer, West Monroe Partners

  • Laura Fuentes, SVP, Talent, Rewards, and People Analytics, Hilton Worldwide

2) Addressing Workplace Issues at the Intersection of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
People of color face unique challenges at work and in their lives. And the issues facing women of color can be particularly overwhelming. But their distinct perspectives and experiences adds tremendous value to organizations. Join us to hear about the specific challenges women of color face and learn how people at all levels of your organization, especially you, can create a workplace that works for all women.

Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, Senior Director and Panel Manager, Research, Catalyst

  • Dianne Greene, Division Vice President/General Manager – ADP, Norfolk

  • Ileana Musa, Head of International Banking & Lending, Morgan Stanley

  • Brian Reaves, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Dell Technologies


3) Engaging Men as Champions to Help Women Advance and Succeed
Hear firsthand the innovative ways leading organizations are engaging men as gender champions. Be inspired by personal stories of lessons learned and programs that made a difference. Leave with concrete tools proven to engage men in championing women; that help women develop male allies; and empower all employees to create workplaces that work for everyone.  

Andrew R. Grissom, Associate Librarian, Information Center, Catalyst
Martha Feeback, Senior Director, Corporate Engagement, Catalyst

  • John Towey, Managing Director - Enterprise Resolution Execution Office - Operational Readiness, Bank of America

  • Gadi Saarony, Senior Vice President, Clinical Research Services, PAREXEL


1:45 – 2:35 pm

Accelerating Change for Women: Spotlight on Sodexo
Michel Landel, Group CEO, Sodexo, and Lorna Donatone, CEO Geographic Regions, Region Chair for North America, Sodexo, speak with  Rohini Anand, PhD, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo, about how to drive inclusion and advance women through intentional leadership, accountability, and sponsorship. Learn from their personal anecdotes of failure, overcoming resistance, and persevering to positive impact.

2:35 – 3:45 pm

Responding to Social Movements Strategically and Authentically 
No company builds its culture in isolation. Larger social concerns—like #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, and the polarized political environment—are bound to intrude and affect both employees and your business. To keep up, you must be able to anticipate and respond to these movements in a way that feels authentic and aligns with your organizational goals. Find out how to lead your organization to greater gender equity during social flux.

Susan Silbermann, President & General Manager, Vaccines, Pfizer Inc

  • Jeff Grange, President of Specialty Insurance, QBE North America

  • Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, Global Head of BlackRock Investment Stewardship

  • Ann M. Fudge, Retired Chairman & CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands


4:00 – 4:55 pm

Champions For Change: CEOs Shaping Our Future
In this unique and unprecedented opportunity, hear directly from CEOs on the Catalyst Board of Directors and from Supporter companies on how they lead through tumultuous times, how they personally champion gender equity, and what they are doing to build a future with workplaces that work for women.

Mike Wirth, Chairman & CEO, Chevron Corporation



Jessica Tarlov, Head of Research, Bustle; Fox News Contributor
Jessica will share career advancement stories and advice.



Build Your Skills: Making Your Achievements Visible
It’s not only what you know, but who knows what you know. Practice bragging about yourself so you can talk about your work more strategically to people with the power to bump you up to the next level.


Liz Gray, Executive, CAA Brand Consulting and Former Chief Mindset Officer, The Female Quotient
Liz will tell her story of advancement and championing women.




3:00 – 4:15 pm

Closing Keynote
Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Board Reception
Continue brainstorming solutions at this invitation-only networking event.

Closing Keynote
Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley


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