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Dnika J. Travis, PhD

Dr. Dnika J. Travis, former Vice President, Research & Strategy, at Catalyst, is a recognized researcher, educator, and change leader. At Catalyst, Dnika led research initiatives and managed content creation. Her work involved building and piloting the Catalyst Inclusion Accelerator, a diagnostic and action planning tool to help companies measure the state of inclusion for employees and teams. Dnika’s renowned research on emotional tax experienced by people of color at work, along with her expertise on engaging i­­n tough conversations across differences, has been widely published and featured in top-tier media outlets such as CNN, Fortune, and NBC News. She was also named a “2017 Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. Prior to joining Catalyst, Dnika was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Dnika earned her PhD from University of Southern California, MSW from the University of Michigan, and BA from Hampton University.

Dnika J.'s Latest Work


Interrupting Sexism at Work: What Drives Men to Respond Directly or Do Nothing? (Report)

New Catalyst research examines what influences men’s willingness and ability to interrupt sexism at work.

Emotional Tax

Emotional Tax and Work Teams (Report)

This report reveals that experiences of emotional tax in the workplace are pervasive in Australia, Brazil, Canada, UK, and US.

Inclusive Leadership

Allyship and Curiosity Drive Inclusion for People of Color at Work (Report)

Catalyst research shows that allyship and curiosity help create a more inclusive, welcoming workplace for people of color.

Future of Work

Future Workplaces that Work for Women: Five Strategies in the Covid-19 Era (Webinar Recording)

Hear an overview of the Catalyst Report, Covid-19: Women, Equity, and Inclusion in the Future of Work, from our researchers.


Now Is The Moment for Inclusive Leadership (Webinar Recording)

How can we collectively work to create a more inclusive workplace culture and society during this disruption?

Emotional Tax

Intersecting Identities and the Impact of Emotional Tax (Webinar Recording)

Learn the effects of the intersecting dimensions of difference, explore tools and tips to reduce the consequences of Emotional Tax.

Inclusive Leadership

Getting Real About Inclusive Leadership (Report)

Catalyst research demonstrates the role managers play in creating inclusive workplaces and highlights the elements of inclusive leadership.

Let’s Get Real About Measuring Inclusion and Getting Results (Webinar Recording)

The session provides insights and tools—featuring the Catalyst Inclusion Accelerator diagnostic tool—to drive and measure inclusion.

International Women’s Day 2019 (Webinar Recording)

Over the course of this webinar, we shared information you and your organization can use to create a more inclusive workplace for all individuals.

Ask the Experts – Catalyst Town Hall (Webinar Recording)

Listen to this webinar recording to hear Catalyst experts answer D&I questions from the audience.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Report)

Take steps now to prevent sexual harassment with these actions taken from vetted research.

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotional Tax Among Women and Men of Color in the Workplace (Report)

Learn what Emotional Tax is and how it affects both employees of color and organizations.

Inclusive Communication (Webinar Recording)

Listen to this webinar recording to hear insights from Catalyst's tool, Engaging in Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity.

Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

Starting Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace (Webinar Recording)

Talking about our differences is difficult. Discussing how some aspects of your identities differ from other people’s—and ways you may…

Day-to-Day Experiences of Workplace Inclusion and Exclusion Part I (Webinar Recording)

Listen to this webinar recording as we reveal findings that distinguish the most inclusive workplaces from those that fall short of this ideal.

Emotional Tax

Emotional Tax: How Black Women and Men Pay More at Work and How Leaders Can Take Action (Report)

Emotional Tax is the experience of being different from peers because of your gender/race/ethnicity and the associated detrimental effects

Inclusive Communications

Engaging in Conversations About Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Workplace (Tool)

Learn how to acknowledge—and work through—roadblocks (i.e., beliefs, attitudes, or experiences) that can stifle conversations.

Organizational Culture Change

The Day-To-Day Experiences of Workplace Inclusion and Exclusion (Report)

What does inclusion look and feel like to you? How about to your colleagues?

India Inc.: From Intention to Impact (Report)

Many companies in India are having trouble using diversity-focused policies to create an inclusive workplace where women can succeed.

Think People, Not Just Programs, to Build Inclusive Workplaces (Report)

To create high-performing work cultures, business leaders must pay attention to the people side—how employees connect to the company.

Organizational Culture Change

Culture Matters: Unpacking Change and Achieving Inclusion (Report)

This study presents a Corporate Practice Change Model to navigate change and promote inclusion.

Recruitment and Retention

Corporate Landscape in Mexico: Understanding Approaches to Talent Management and Women’s Inclusion (Report)

To remain competitive in this global business landscape, talent management—in particular a focus on diversity and inclusion—is critical.