As Executive Director, Allyson Zimmermann leads the Catalyst Europe office and is responsible for shaping the strategy for Catalyst’s continued growth and member engagement in Europe.
Since 2007, Allyson has been instrumental in building Catalyst’s presence and member base in Europe. Working with leading global organizations, she supports Catalyst members in creating more inclusive workplaces so all talent can advance.
Allyson is a recognized authority on workplace issues including women on boards, the gender pay gap and women in leadership and is often sought after and quoted in European and world media. Allyson regularly contributes opinion pieces to top media outlets, including The Huffington Post, and other influential organisations including the London School of Economics Business Review blog. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of sponsorship, engaging men, gender/unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, ERGs and work-life effectiveness. Working across all industries, her areas of expertise include women in leadership, talent management, organizational change, and leadership engagement.
Having lived and worked in over five countries, Allyson has extensive global experience to offer Catalyst members. As a citizen of Switzerland and the US, she currently resides in Zurich, Switzerland.
Allyson holds a BA in Communications and German from the University of Minnesota. Outside of Catalyst, she is also a personal and professional coach.