Rachel Soares directs research to identify the global gender leadership gap, investigate myths that restrain women’s advancement into corporate leadership, and explore how diversity, leadership and performance intersect. As a core member of the Catalyst Research Center for Equity in Business Leadership, Ms. Soares oversees the annual Catalyst Census reports of the Fortune 500 and researches how different countries are taking action to increase gender diversity on Boards of Directors. She has also contributed to Catalyst’s research on corporate social performance. Drawing on her research experience, Ms. Soares speaks about corporate governance and women in leadership.
She is also a member of Catalyst’s Work-Life Issue Specialty Team. Through her current role at Catalyst and prior positions, she has extensive experience working with quantitative and qualitative research methods to address questions relating to leadership, organizational change and effectiveness, and work-family contexts.
She received her MA in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, and her BA in Psychology and Sociology from New York University.