Vandana Juneja is a non-profit leader with a passion for advancing women in the workplace and society. As VP, Advisory Services for Catalyst, Vandana and her team provide high impact boutique DEI consulting and thought leadership, guiding organizations across the globe to accelerate the advancement of women and underrepresented groups through the pipeline to leadership and the boardroom. Advisory Services engagements include a broad range of qualitative and quantitative diagnostics, DEI strategy planning, and programmatic offerings on topics such as sponsorship, employee resource groups, and inclusive talent management.
Vandana joined Catalyst in 2013 in its corporate engagement department and advanced through the organization, gaining experience in various roles and regions. In 2017, she assumed responsibility for leading Catalyst’s Asia-Pacific region, driving the amplification of Catalyst’s global impact as Vice President, Global Growth Markets. In 2020, she took on the role of Executive Director, Canada where she led Catalyst’s Canadian operations.
A trusted advisor, she coaches and counsels F500 companies across industries with respect to their strategies to advance women into leadership and to create inclusive environments where all individuals can thrive. She works closely with corporate supporters, professional organizations, CEOs and senior leaders to advance their shared mission. A diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, she has worked with companies around the globe including in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. She frequently speaks to corporate audiences and has been quoted in media/publications such as The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and HR Reporter as an expert on issues related to women’s leadership and DEI.
A lawyer by training, Vandana practiced immigration law earlier in her career, following which she worked in the global diversity and inclusion groups of two Canadian banks where she had accountability for gender equity and Employee Resource Groups. Her past experience also includes working as a research associate for the Status of Women Canada as well as travelling to Vietnam with an NGO in partnership with the University of Toronto to evaluate a micro-finance project designed to lift women out of poverty and into the mainstream banking system.
Vandana has earned a B.Comm. from McMaster University, an MBA from the University of Windsor, and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa.