7 Inspiring Quotes from DEI Champions (Blog Post)
Learn from seven leaders who have made transformative impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organizations.
Have you ever had a manager, mentor, or sponsor who pushes you to be your best self or inspires you to build a better workplace for yourself and your colleagues?
Catalyst Honours Champions are exceptional business leaders who lead with empathy, equity, and inclusion. Every year, candidates are nominated for the prestigious Catalyst Honours award in Canada—often by colleagues whose lives have been directly impacted by the nominee’s work.
At the 2023 Catalyst Honours Conference & Dinner in Toronto, seven Champions received this award in a room filled with their biggest supporters—colleagues, bosses, direct reports, and peers among Canada’s leading industries. The event gathered nearly 1,000 people in person and online for a daytime Conference and Dinner ceremony.
At their acceptance speeches, each Champion shared personal stories, moments of inspiration, and the “why” behind their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, even amidst pushback.
These quotes embody the essence of transformative leadership.
— Jeahnette Cavaliere, Canada Country Manager, Wells Fargo and Firm Leader Champion
— Caroline Gayle, Managing Director, Technology Financial Services, Accenture and Business Leader Champion
— Mona Malone, Chief Human Resources Officer and Head, People, Culture & Brand, BMO Financial Group and DEI Leader Champion
— Taralyn Parr, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, McCarthy Tétrault LLP and DEI Leader Champion
— Janine Tamboli, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Maple Leaf Foods and DEI Leader Champion
“I could have been fired for being trans, and I was scared I was about to lose a 12-year career. Now, five years later, here I am not only being accepted by women as a woman…but also being shown as a role model. I can’t tell you how humbling that truly is.”
“We [must] create continuous spaces of safe learning to keep the conversation going… When people make mistakes, we call each other in, not call them out… Love needs to be at the forefront.”
If you know a similarly impactful and inclusive leader, consider nominating them for the Catalyst Honours! Nominations for 2024 are open through February 16, 2024!