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.
Coke’s Diversity Dividend Event: Gurgaon
20 November 2013
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.
- L to R: Deborah Gillis (Chief Operating Officer, Catalyst), Atul Singh (Dy President, Pacific Group), Shachi Irde (Executive Director, Catalyst India), Venkatesh Kini (Dy President, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia).
- Deborah Gillis (Chief Operating Officer, Catalyst), Atul Singh (Dy President, Pacific Group) Shachi Irde (Executive Director, Catalyst India), Venkatesh Kini (Dy President, Coca-Cola India and South West Asia) along with Senior Leaders and the Management team at Coca-Cola India and South West Asia.
- Deborah Gillis (Chief Operating Officer, Catalyst) addressing the women associates.
- Talking about Coca-Cola, Deborah Gillis told associates how it was a privilege for them to work at an organization that cares about its women associates and empowers them to be their best, which is not true of a lot of organizations the world over.
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.
"A better diversity climate is related to higher employee engagement of women associates."
“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."