Deborah Gillis, Chief Operating Officer, Catalyst, and Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC, both served as panelists at Coke’s Diversity Dividend event. The event, took place in Gurgaon, India, and brought together senior business leaders and women who are climbing up the corporate ladder.

As part of the ‘Women in Leadership’ series, Coca-Cola India’s Diversity Council recently hosted an engagement with Deborah Gillis, currently Catalyst’s Chief Operating Officer.

In a session with the Senior Leaders and the Management team at the BU, Ms. Gillis shared effective examples from the industry that would help strengthen the business case for diversity at the workplace. She also identified organizational challenges that needed to be addressed in order to create change.


Attendees left the session with food for thought. Ms. Gillis shared advice on the benefits of having diverse workplaces, the importance of networking and how being confident is essential.

On diversity:

"A better diversity climate is related to higher employee engagement of women associates."

On networking:

“You really don’t know where and when someone that you have met, or worked with, or been introduced to, may present an opportunity that may not only be career-changing but can be life-changing.”

On being confident:

"Women should not be afraid to directly ask for what they want, especially when dealing with men."

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