Concurrent Breakout Sessions (Please select one)
Fostering Leaders Through Sponsorship
ERGs often spur mentoring relationships that help develop ERG members for future positions within the organization. But while mentoring “prepares you for the role,” sponsorship can “get you there.” Catalyst research shows that sponsorship can better position individuals to be tapped for key positions, which can lead to a more diverse pipeline to leadership. Through practical information, tools, and tips, you will learn how to redefine leadership and expand opportunities for your members by adding a focus of sponsorship to your ERG.
Sarah Dinolfo, Director, Consulting Services, Catalyst
Rita Chhabra, Director, Corporate Relations, Northeast US, Catalyst
Gillian Noble, Head of Transformation, North American Customer Contact Centre, BMO Financial Group
Angela Sim, Vice President and Head, DevOps and Shared Services, BMO Financial Group
Vanessa Vidas, Associate Partner, Leader, Inclusion - Growth & Markets, Deloitte
Michelle Cherny, Audit Manager, Deloitte
Paul Hendrikse, Partner, Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Heather Neskas, National Senior Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, PwC Canada
Leading Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
Communicating across differences is more important than ever before. Yet having conversations about gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace can feel uncomfortable, accusatory, and potentially threatening. ERGs can be a bridge to communicating across difference, which can build inclusion and a workplace where everyone feels welcome. This session will equip your ERG leaders with the tools to work through communication roadblocks, create a safe space for courageous conversations, and move toward a more inclusive workplace.
Vandana Juneja, Senior Regional Director, Central Canada, Catalyst
Alicia Sullivan, Senior Associate, Canada, Catalyst
Leading Global Insights: Measuring Climates of Inclusion
Catalyst has been on the forefront of measuring inclusion at all levels within organizations across the globe. This session offers critical insights into what creates an inclusive culture and shares actions you and your ERGs can take to redefine leadership as well as foster inclusion within your organization.
Elizabeth R. Salib, PhD, Director, Research, Catalyst
Nikki Lamba, Director, US Strategy and Member Engagement, Catalyst