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, Heather 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, Heather taught at Columbia University and conducted brand analyses for Young & Rubicam. Heather 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.