Heather Foust-Cummings, PhD, leads the Catalyst Research Center for Equity in Business Leadership with a focus on understanding relationships between diversity, corporate governance, and board and firm performance. Additionally, Dr. Foust-Cummings studies inclusive workplace cultures and leadership, particularly how men engage in workplace equity efforts and how leaders effectively sponsor high-potential talent. A sought-after speaker, she has provided consulting for organizations in the financial services, pharmaceutical, technology, and construction industries.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Dr. Foust-Cummings taught at Columbia University and conducted brand analyses for Young & Rubicam. Dr. Foust-Cummings received her PhD and MA in Political Science and a Certificate in Women's Studies from Emory University; she received her BS in Political Science and Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.