Join us to learn why and how Employee resource groups (ERGs) have the power to redefine what organizational leadership looks like by being drivers of inclusion across the workplace. Connect with ERG leaders across North America to hear from preeminent corporate ERG experts and Catalyst inclusion practitioners, participate in deep dive workshop sessions that practice the skills and learn the behaviors that inclusive leaders foster, and share strategies and solutions in a casual networking environment.

Please note that this event is open to leaders of all types of ERGs, including those dedicated to women, people of color, visible minorities, LGBT employees, veterans, people with disabilities, generations, etc. Participation is intended for ERG leaders—Chairs, Co-Chairs, or Committee heads—as well as executive sponsors and/or advisors of ERGs. 


May 8 


Registration Opens

6:45p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Opening Remarks and Reception

Vandana Juneja, Senior Regional Director, Central Canada, Catalyst

Mona Malone, Chief Talent & Learning Officer, BMO Financial Group 


May 9 

7:30a.m. – 8:00a.m.


8:00a.m. – 8:15a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Deborah Gillis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst

Sonya Kunkel, Chief Inclusion Officer and Vice President, People Strategies and Insights, Human Resources, BMO Financial Group

8:15a.m. – 9:00a.m.

Fireside Chat - The Changing Face of Business: Leveraging ERGs for Business Impact

Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

Simon A. Fish, General Counsel, BMO Financial Group

9:00a.m. – 9:15a.m.


9:15a.m. – 10:15a.m.


Trevor Gandy, Senior Vice President, Deputy Chief Culture Officer, Chubb

10:15a.m. – 11:30a.m.

Influencing Inclusion Across Your Organization: The Change Agent's Action Plan

Today more than ever ERGs can be leveraged to amplify inclusion across your organization. This hands-on, interactive session will take you through an inclusion change framework called “The 5Ds of Influencing Inclusion.”A case study will show you how to begin applying it to your organization, who to partner with to galvanize support, and how to sustain change for maximum impact in your workplace.  


Tolonda M. Tolbert, PhD, Senior Director of the Inclusive Leadership Initiative and Consultant, Global Member Services, Catalyst

11:30a.m. – 12:45p.m.


12:45p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Leading Through Change: Fostering Inclusive and Agile Cultures

Leaders constantly face business transformations, from internal organizational changes to societal shifts. Successfully responding to change requires agile, creative teams with members who feel that their voices and ideas have value. Join this panel of experts from leading organizations to hear stories and strategies about how they used ERGs to drive inclusive cultures where employees navigate change and overcome challenges.  


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


Mia Hairston, Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Nationwide Insurance

Ana Kreacic, Chief Knowledge Officer, Oliver Wyman

Paul Noble, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, BMO Financial Group

Marie-Hélène Sicard, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning - Corporate Services, Sodexo North America

2:00p.m. - 2:15p.m. Break

2:15p.m. – 3:30p.m.

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.  


Katherine Giscombe, PhD, Vice President and Women of Color Practitioner, Global Member Services, Catalyst

Vandana Juneja, Senior Regional Director, Central 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

3:30p.m. – 3:45p.m Break

3:45p.m. – 4:00p.m.

Closing Remarks

Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

4:00p.m. – 5:30p.m.

Networking Reception


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