Women of Color/Visible Minorities

In the United States, women of color refers to racially and ethnically diverse women. In Canada, visible minorities is the legal term for people who are non-Caucasian in race, non-white in color, and not Aboriginal. These historically underrepresented groups comprise an important workforce demographic, and the best diversity and inclusion initiatives and talent management practices account for the unique career challenges they experience.

  • Catalyzing
    #BlackHistoryMonth: Present-Day Heroes are Role Models for My Daughter

    I could count on my hands the amount of times “Black History” was discussed in school when I was growing up. Year after year we spent each February learning about the same historical figures: abolitionists Harriet Tubman and civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. These...

    February 29, 2016 by Afiya Wallace

  • Catalyzing
    Ask Deborah: How Do We Change the “Picture” for Women of Color?

    February is Black History Month. It’s also when many of us are paying attention to this year’s Academy Awards—an event that has come under fire recently (again) for its continued lack of nominee diversity. For the past two years, only white performers have been nominated in the acting...

    February 16, 2016 by Deborah Gillis

  • Catalyst Event
    Webinar: Achieving Workplace Inclusion of Racially/Ethnically Diverse Women

    Building on Catalyst’s Inclusive Leadership framework, this webinar examines methods for including racially/ethnically diverse women at work. We’ll discuss the importance of assessing the work environment; thoughtful performance reviews; and actions that managers and racially/ethnically diverse women can take to improve trust and communication.

    This webinar will be most helpful to people who want to create more inclusive workplaces by improving the engagement of women of different races/ethnicities.

    Date & Time:

    18 February 2016

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

    4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. UTC

  • Catalyzing
    Your Take: Will the UK’s Push to Remove Names from Job and College Applications Combat Racial Bias?

    In October, The View co-host Raven-Symoné sparked outrage after her comments about discriminating against people with “black-sounding” names. During a segment that was centered on stereotyping, Symoné said that she would indeed judge someone due to the way their name sounded. "I am very...

    December 30, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

  • Speakers Bureau
    Asian American Business Roundtable: Las Vegas

    Deborah Gillis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst, will speak at the Asian American Business roundtable in Las Vegas. The event, which is the first ever Asian American Business Roundtable Summit, will gather over 200 innovative and influential Asian American leaders in the realm of...

    Date & Time:

    29 - 30 January 2016


    Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Catalyzing
    Women and the Masks We Wear: Striving for Success

    “We wear the mask that grins and lies,

    It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

    This debt we pay to human guile;

    With torn and bleeding hearts we smile…”

    -Paul Laurence Dunbar

    As a researcher, professor, and diversity consultant who has spent my career collecting the stories of professional...

    October 20, 2015 by Atira Charles, PhD

  • Catalyzing
    Rising to the Top: The Importance of Resources for Women of Color

    If I could choose one word to describe myself, it would be “resourceful.” At an early age, I quickly learned that locating and securing resources was an important part of navigating life. My mother constantly praised my ability to figure things out on my own. Whether it was reading a book about...

    October 15, 2015 by Courtney McCluney

  • Catalyst Event
    Women of Color Webinar Series: Real Talk on Making Change at Work

    Listen to the recording.

    In today’s increasingly diverse workplace, fresh ideas and thoughtful actions are needed to remedy inequities, particularly for women of color, visible minority women, and indigenous women. Research on women of color focuses heavily on ongoing barriers to advancement—yet...

    Date & Time:

    3 November 2015

    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

    8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. GMT

  • Catalyzing
    Catalyst’s Women of Color Summit: A New Course of Action

    Women in the workplace are often confronted with obstacles that impede their advancement to leadership positions. For women of color, visible minority women, and indigenous women, these obstacles are affected by the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Conversations about how to...

    April 20, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

  • Latest data show that women of color make up only 16.5% of the S&P 500 labor force.

    Date: 2015