Future Of Work Summit

How to Drive Change and Equity in the Future Workplace
Wednesday, 21 April 2021


The Future of Work is here. Workplaces are being redefined and transformed by disruptive events, social movements, shifting paradigms, and technological advancements.

Join Catalyst on 21 April as we bring together a group of incredible thought leaders to inspire change and create impact.

(All times in UTC/GMT +1)

9:00–9:15 Opening Remarks

Host: Isabelle Kürschner, PhD, Consultant, Germanic Region, Catalyst

Session 1

9.15– 9.45

Introduction to the Future of Work: A CEO Chat with Geraldine Matchett
The Future of Work is not something in the future; it is right now. What does the Future of Work mean to you?

  • Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Catalyst
  • Geraldine Matchett, Co-CEO & Member of the Managing Board, DSM
Session 2


Leading Inclusively With Purpose and Trust Is Essential for High-Performing, Innovative Teams
The pandemic is affecting everyone, but not in the same way, and is highlighting a need for a more inclusive leadership style in order to create psychologically safe workplaces.  Catalyst research shows that the experience of being trusted is one of five defining features of an inclusive work environment, yet only 46% of employees report often or always being trusted at work. Trust must come from the top; can leaders narrow the trust gap through leading with empathy and purpose? What does leadership look like going forward? Fireside Chat

  • Lucy Warwick-Ching, Communities Editor, Financial Times
  • John Whalen, Senior Director, Catalyst Europe

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: John Whalen, Senior Director, Catalyst Europe
  • Fiona Carlin, Partner and Chief Executive, Baker McKenzie’s EMEA+ Region
  • Stephen Caulfield, Vice President, Dell EMC Global Services & GM Dell Bratislava

Flash Talk

  • Tara Van Bommel, PhD, Director, Statistician, Catalyst
10.45–11.05 COMETRY at the Future of Work
COMETRY is an exciting, energetic new art form that blends performance poetry and stand up comedy into clean, cleaver, observational entertainment. Join us for a COMETRY piece that tells a story, raises awareness, and delivers an inspirational message.

  • Andre Bradford, Director of Show Development, Cometry
  • Iggy Mwela, Co-Founder, Cometry
  • Break
Session 3


Tackling Discrimination and Systemic Racism to Accelerate Gender and Racial Equity
Racism is a global issue. This is not a time for us to stay silent, yet there are no simple solutions. What can you do to engage in constructive dialogue and dismantle structures that systematically advantage some and disadvantage others?Flash Talk – Emotional Tax

  • Dnika J. Travis, PhD, Vice President, Research, Catalyst

Panel Discussion

  • Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Catalyst
  • Rikia Birindelli-Fayne, Senior Director, Catalyst Europe
  • Alecia Ani, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Linklaters LLP
  • Erika Brodnock, Research Officer in Behavioural Science, The Inclusion Initiative, London School of Economics

Flash Talk

  • Scarlet Cronin, Executive Director of Partnerships, Tent
Session 4


What Skills Are Needed in the Future Workplace? 
Experts predict that half the workforce will need to reskill in the next five years. Critical thinking and problem-solving top the list of skills greatly needed in the next five years—along with active learning, resilience, stress tolerance, and flexibility. How do we ensure we are developing skills today that create inclusive and equitable workplaces for women tomorrow?Flash Talk

  • Lauren Pasquarella Daley, PhD, Senior Director, Women and the Future of Work, Catalyst
  • Isabelle Kürschner, PhD, Consultant, Germanic Region, Catalyst

Courageous Conversation: A Networking Opportunity

Join us for the opportunity to discuss the Future of Work with other attendees and experts from Catalyst in a virtual network setting.

  • Isabelle Kürschner, PhD, Consultant, Germanic Region, Catalyst

Bright Spot

  • Natascha Zeljko, Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, FemaleOneZero

Flash Talk

  • Dorothee Bär, Stateminister for Digitalization, Germany 

Mindful Moment 

  • Elly Oldenbourg, Voice for New Work & Diversity, Google Manager, Sidepreneur, Speaker, Mom
  • Lunch Break
Session 5


Men Advocating Real Change (MARC): The Crucial Role of Men in Advancing Equity and Inclusion

As men still make up the overwhelming majority of leadership positions globally, their visible and vocal advocacy is essential in ensuring that workplaces of the future are equitable and inclusive. Drawing on key findings from Catalyst’s Engaging Men and Interrupting Sexism research, we will explore the unique responsibility and opportunity that men have to drive change and be credible and authentic advocates.

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator – Helene Aecherli, Journalist, Researcher, Presenter
  • Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, VP, Global MARC Learning, Catalyst
  • Spencer John, COO, Deutsche Bank
  • Jean-Michel Monnot, Founder, All Inclusive!
  • Thibault Joris, Senior Product Manager, Dow Plastic Additives
3.05–3.50 In Conversation with Lorraine Hariton

  • Corrina Budras, Business Journalist, Frankfurter AllgemeinSonntagszeit
  • Lorraine Hariton, President & CEO, Catalyst

Closing Keynote speaker

  • Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO, Solvay
  • Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Catalyst
3.50–4.00 Closing Remarks

Host: Isabelle Kürschner, PhD, Consultant, Germanic Region, Catalyst