Catalyst is launching “Catalyst Action Networks,” cross-company forums designed to provide career support and assistance to women.
This particular network is focused on Women of Color, particularly those in junior and mid-level positions—who are sometimes overlooked by organizational leaders. We are kicking off this Catalyst Action Network by focusing on women of color in STEM. While STEM occupations offer valuable career growth opportunities, we recognize that this is a field in which women of color are often under-represented.
Through a forum emphasizing frank discussion and support, our aims are to provide women of color with the ability to gain valuable perspectives from colleagues and Catalyst experts; the opportunity to form peer mentoring relationships; and the ability to reduce the “emotional tax” experienced by women of color. We also intend to bring to the attention of participating organizations the concerns of their potentially “overlooked” talent.
Our ultimate goal is to enhance career growth and fulfilment among women of color by providing Network participants with the support and encouragement of a richly diverse network.


Time Activity

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Introduction by Shell representative and Catalyst
Vision for Women of Color Catalyst Action Network.

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Expert Panel Discussion and Q and A
A panel of senior women of color from Pinterest, Uber and Shell will discuss their career journeys, pressing issues for women of color in STEM fields, and a forecast for what the future holds for women of color in STEM.


2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Presentation of Emotional Tax Research / Discussion
A Catalyst expert will present the latest research on Women of Color and the Emotional Tax.

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Communication: Confronting Conversation Roadblocks
Catalyst will present tips for overcoming conversational roadblocks regarding race and gender.

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM


3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Risky Conversations
In this interactive exercise, audience members will identify and comment on challenging conversations in their workplaces.

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

What Managers Need to Know
Catalyst will lead an “insta-polling” exercise enabling participants to inform their managers and leaders of their concerns and suggestions.

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Wrap-Up and Next Steps
Catalyst will share next steps for this community to stay in touch.


For more information, please contact Katherine Giscombe, PhD, Vice President and Women of Color Practitioner, Advisory Services at [email protected], and Afiya Wallace, Associate, Research and Advisory Services, at [email protected]

2 Reader Comments

Tosin says:
9/7/2018 12:24:09

I know this is suppose to be an in-person event will any of it be recorded or broadcast online?


Joanna says:
9/10/2018 10:59:00

Hello- Thank you for your interest in this event! Unfortunately, the event will not be recorded or broadcast online, it is an in-person only event.

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