Allyson Zimmermann was the Executive Director of Catalyst’s operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa, and was responsible for overseeing the EMEA operations and shaping the strategy for Catalyst’s continued growth and Supporter engagement. Allyson drove Catalyst’s presence and Supporter base in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Working with leading global organizations, she helped Catalyst Supporters create more inclusive workplaces.
Allyson is a recognized authority on workplace issues including women on boards, the gender pay gap, and inclusive leadership and is often sought after and quoted in European and world media. Allyson leads workshops across all levels and, in particular, works with CEOs and leadership teams to cultivate open dialogues around challenges. She regularly contributes opinion pieces to top media outlets and is a frequent speaker on the topics of sponsorship, engaging men, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
In 2020, Allyson was named by Diversity Journal as one of the Women Worth Watching®️.
Having lived and worked in over five countries, Allyson has extensive global experience. As a dual national (Swiss + American), her home is in Zurich, Switzerland. Allyson holds a BA in Communications and German from the University of Minnesota and is a professional coach.