Catalyst Women On Board™

Solving the boardroom diversity challenge through sponsorship

Recently Appointed

Kiren Singh

Recently Appointed

Angela Hwang

Catalyst Women On Board™

Participants

Rohini Anand

Former Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer

Sodexo

Appointed

Nancy A. Altobello

Former Global Vice Chair, Talent

EY

Appointed to CA Technologies (2018), MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (2019)

Mentor-Sponsor

Stephen S. Rasmussen

Nationwide

Retired Chief Executive Officer

Appointed

Kathie J. Andrade

Former Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Financial Services

TIAA

Appointed to Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (2018), The Brink's Company (2019)

Mentor-Sponsor

Peter Grauer

Bloomberg LP

Chairman

Heather Baker

Partner, Audit

KPMG Canada

Mentor-Sponsor

Sharon Ranson

Corporate Board Director

Christine Breves

Chief Financial Officer

United States Steel Corporation

Mentor-Sponsor

Steve Demetriou

Jacobs

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Monika Federau

Chief Strategy Officer

Intact Financial Corporation

Mentor-Sponsor

Nancy Lockhart

Corporate Board Director

Appointed

Carolyn Graham

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Canadian Western Bank

Appointed to Melcor REIT (2019)

Mentor-Sponsor

Marianne Harris

Corporate Board Director

Susan Gueli

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Program and Application Services

Nationwide

Appointed

Angela Hwang

Group President, Pfizer Biopharmaceuticals Group

Pfizer

Appointed to UPS (2020)

Mentor-Sponsor

George Chavel

Corporate Board Director

Stephani Kingsmill

Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer

Manulife

Mentor-Sponsor

Sarah B. Kavanagh

Corporate Board Director

Appointed

Cindy R. Kent

Executive Vice President and President of Senior Living

Brookdale Senior Living

Appointed to Best Buy (2018)

Mentor-Sponsor

Bernard J. Tyson

Kaiser Permanente

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Marian Lawson

Former Executive Vice President, Global Head of Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking

Scotiabank

Mentor-Sponsor

Janice Fukakusa

Ryerson University

Chancellor

Sue-Jean Lin

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Alcon

Mentor-Sponsor

Frank Blake

Delta Airlines

Chairman

Sandra MacQuillan

Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Mondelēz International, Inc.

Appointed to Trimble, Inc. (2018)

Mentor-Sponsor

Edward H. Bastian

Delta Airlines

Chief Executive Officer

Mary Lou Maher

Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG International and Managing Partner, Quality and Risk Management

KPMG

Mentor-Sponsor

Chris Clark

Corporate Board Director

Monique Maynard

President, Quebec Affairs and Executive Vice-President, Chief Actuary Canada

The Canada Life Assurance Company

Mentor-Sponsor

Susan Wolburgh Jenah

Corporate Board Director

Eileen Moore

Regional President, Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah's & LINQ

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Mentor-Sponsor

Elliot Portnoy

Dentons

Global Chief Executive Officer

PJ Moore

Senior Vice President, Consulting Services

CGI Canada

Mentor-Sponsor

Miranda Hubbs

Corporate Board Director

Renata Ribeiro

Senior Vice President, Destination Development

Carnival Cruise Line

Mentor-Sponsor

Douglas Conant

ConantLeadership

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Gillian Riley

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tangerine Bank

Mentor-Sponsor

Geoff Beattie

Generation Capital

Cheif Executive Officer

Nancy Russell

Senior Vice President and Chief Internal Auditor

Great-West Lifeco Inc.

Mentor-Sponsor

Eileen Mercier

Corporate Board Director

Linda Seymour

Executive Vice President and Country Head of Commercial Banking

HSBC Bank Canada

Mentor-Sponsor

Mayo Schmidt

Corporate Board Director

Amy Shore

Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Nationwide

Mentor-Sponsor

James D. White

Corporate Board Director

Eileen Simon

General Counsel, Global Businesses

Mastercard

Mentor-Sponsor

Rodney O. Martin, Jr.

Voya Financial

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Appointed

Kiren Singh

Former Vice President, Risk Management and Treasurer

Gibson Energy

Appointed to Pieridae Energy Inc. (2020)

Mentor-Sponsor

Kevin Uebelein

Chief Executive Officer

AIMCo

Christina S. Sistrunk

President and CEO

Aera Energy

Mentor-Sponsor

Peter Voser

ABB Ltd.

Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer

Karen Trenton

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Sherritt International Corporation

Mentor-Sponsor

Anatol von Hahn

The Group Investments

Chairman

Rani Turna

Partner, Risk Assurance

PwC

Mentor-Sponsor

Lorraine Mitchelmore

Corporate Board Director

What is Catalyst Women On Board™ ?

Catalyst Women On Board™ is an initiative committed to increasing the number of women on corporate boards. Catalyst matches CEOs and board chairs with exceptional women board candidates. CEOs and board chairs act as mentor-sponsors, opening their networks. When “who you know” influences a woman’s ability to get named to boards, active sponsorship is critical.

Smart organizations understand the need for boards to be representative of customers, shareholders, and stakeholders. Catalyst’s initiative enables women to advance and companies to find strong women board candidates.

68%

Of Catalyst Women On Board™ candidates have been appointed to corporate boards

220

For-profit appointments since Catalyst Women On Board™ was established

Board Candidate Benefits

• Expand networks, building relationships with influential business leaders.
• Receive guidance critical to becoming a corporate director.
• Deepen understanding of how boards work.
• Broaden base of knowledge to become more successful in current and future roles.

Become a Board Candidate

Mentor-Sponsor Benefits

• Build relationships with accomplished women who are corporate-director candidates.
• Gain a more nuanced understanding of women’s experiences in the workplace.
• Contribute to a board candidate’s success in a variety of ways.
• Play a pivotal role in improving diversity in corporate boardrooms.

Become a Mentor-Sponsor

James S. Turley

Former Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young; Director of Citigroup, Emerson Electric Company, Intrexon Corporation & Northrop Grumman

“When I was asked to be a mentor-sponsor in the Catalyst Women On Board™ US program, I didn’t hesitate to accept because I know the great value that women bring to a board, and I’m eager to share my knowledge and networks.”

Our Process

Catalyst Women On Board™ pairs women corporate-director candidates with experienced corporate board members.

Select Board Candidates

A selection committee helps choose the women who most closely match our criteria. Chosen women are invited to join Catalyst Women On Board™.

Candidates Paired With Mentor-Sponsors

We identify potential mentor-sponsors by considering experience, skills, networking potential, location, and personality. Potential mentor-sponsors are presented to each candidate for consideration. A match is confirmed when both parties agree to work together.

Join Catalyst Women On Board™

Throughout the two years, Catalyst Women On Board™ stays in close contact with women candidates and mentor-sponsors to ensure they are meeting and making progress as well as to offer assistance and advice.

Join in the United States

Meesha Rosa, Senior Director, Corporate Board Services
+1 646 388 7752
Email

Join in Canada

Bridget McKeller, Director, Catalyst Women On Board™
+1 416 815 7600
Email

Our History

 

Catalyst Women On Board™ launched in Canada

Catalyst Women On Board™ launched in Canada in 2007 with five women board candidates and their mentor-sponsors.

The program was founded by Partick O’Callaghan of Patrick O’Callaghan and Associates and Carol Stephenson, former Dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Korn/Ferry International Canada was also an important contributor to the early development of the program. They provided support by identifying qualified candidates and mentor-sponsors.

 

Catalyst acquired Catalyst Women On Board™

In 2013, Catalyst acquired Catalyst Women On Board,™ and the initiative found its permanent home in Catalyst’s Corporate Board Services.
 

Catalyst Women On Board™ expanded to the United States

In 2015, Catalyst Women On Board™ expanded beyond Canada to launch in the United States.
Today

Lead Sponsor

 

Corporate Sponsors

Individual Sponsors

Mary B. Cranston