Women and the Future of Work Symposium

The Future of Work is now.

Workplaces are being redefined and transformed by shifts in technology, talent, and expectations. We are at an inflection point where we have the opportunity to elevate the way we conduct business. We must lay the groundwork now to ensure a future where women and undertapped talent have full participation and equal opportunity that will lead to significant progress globally.

Thank you for being a part of laying the groundwork by joining Catalyst at our Women and the Future of Work Symposium on December 2-4 hosted by Lockheed Martin Corporation in Arlington, Virginia. Together, we’ll identify the big questions that will drive Catalyst’s cutting-edge research agenda and build a community of thought leaders to define the future of work in ways that create better workplaces where everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

Hosted by Lockheed Martin Corporation


Monday, December 2

Women and the Future of Work

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Opening Remarks: Rainia Washington, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Lockheed Martin Corporation

A discussion on the Future of Work with Marillyn A. Hewson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Lorraine Hariton, President & CEO, Catalyst moderated by Claudia Chan, Creator of S.H.E. Summit & Author of This Is How We Rise.

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Welcome Networking Reception with hors d’oeuvres and drink service

Tuesday, December 3

Setting the Stage: Trends and Focus Areas for Women and the Future of Work

7:30 am – 8:00 am
Networking Breakfast

8:05 am – 8:10 am
Welcome Remarks from Catalyst and Lorraine Hariton

8:10 am – 8:30 am
Opening Welcome from Stephanie Hill, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business Transformation, Lockheed Martin Corporation

8:35 am – 9:30 am
Opening Session: Intersecting Identities and Shifting Expectations in the Future of Work—Moderated Panel

As disruption accelerates, the forces that change the world will also shape our experiences in the future of work. What are some ways to address intersectionality and these shifting expectations about work now and in the future to ensure that women and undertapped talent have full participation and equal opportunity?


Kanika Raney, Google, Global Head of Equity Programs
Dr. Allison Scott, Chief Research Officer, Kapor Institute

Giorgio Siracusa, Vice President, HR, Europe, Procter & Gamble


Dnika J. Travis, PhD, Vice President, Research, Catalyst

9:35 am – 9:50 am
Networking Break

9:50 am – 10:45 am
Info Burst Panel: AI & Human-Machine Collaboration

As automation and AI augment how we work, humans will be working in new ways with machines. What must we address now to ensure that we are creating equitable AI in the future and not inadvertently perpetuating systemic bias or stereotypes for women and underrepresented groups?

Laurel Smith-Doerr, Professor, Sociology, UMass-Amherst
Lionel Robert, Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan
Miriam Vogel, Executive Director, EqualAI

10:45 am – 11:30 am
Info Burst Panel: Inclusive Collaboration & Flexible and Dispersed Virtual Teams

Work can now occur across time and distance to better respond to customer needs, address talent shortages, and create flexible workplaces that work for all genders. What are the varying needs we must consider and what are ways to create inclusive collaboration for virtual teams across location and time?

Young Ji Kim, Assistant Professor, Organizational Communication, UC Santa Barbara
Gianni Giacomelli, Chief Innovation Officer, Genpact

Patrick Felder, VP Human Resources, Dell

11:40 am – 12:40 pm
Moderated Panel: Reskilling and Upskilling in the Future of Work: Skills for the Future

To solve talent shortages, reskilling and upskilling will be important in creating opportunities for women in the future of work. What skills are needed and how do we effectively ensure we are developing skills today that create inclusive and equitable workplaces for women tomorrow?


Clem Herman, Professor of Gender and Technology, Open University, UK
Chenelle Bonavito Martinez, VP, STEM Talent Programs, The New York Academy of Sciences
Terry Torok, Chief Innovation Officer, Enactus

Obed Louissaint, Vice President, People & Culture, IBM


Julie S. Nugent, Senior Vice President, Learning & Advisory Services, Catalyst

12:40 pm – 1:20 pm
Networking and Lunch

1:20 pm – 2:00 pm
Augmented Human – How Technology Is Shaping the New Reality-Keynote Speaker Dr. Helen Papagiannis, Speaker, Author, Designer 

Our digital future is no longer a distant promise, but a rapidly growing industry with real-world clout. Consider Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Virtual Reality headset maker Oculus and their new AR campus of 400 people, Microsoft’s recent release of HoloLens2, and the 1.25 billion raised by Epic Games this past year. In this truly cutting-edge talk, Dr. Helen Papagiannis helps us understand the significance of Augmented Reality (AR), and how it is further being organically integrated into our everyday lives. What opportunities does AR present for business, design, and culture? How can we contribute to and help define this new technological era? And how will it forever change the way we live, work, and play? With great gusto and up-to-the-minute examples, Dr. Papagiannis leads us head-on into our virtual future.

2:00 pm — 2:15 pm
Networking Break

2:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Design Thinking Breakout Sessions facilitated by Cisco

Using design thinking, we will break into four interactive groups to move each topic area toward further action by more deeply empathizing, understanding, and ideating around women and the future of work.

4:45 pm — 5:00 pm
Networking Break

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Design Thinking Closing Session

We will come back together to learn from each groups’ ideas and initial strategies from the design thinking sessions across the four topic priority areas to answer the big questions, identify research gaps, and discuss actionable solutions.

5:45 pm — 6:45 pm

6:45 pm — 7:45 pm
Building Empathy: A Key for Creating Inclusive Workplaces—Keynote Speaker Dr. Jamil Zaki, Professor, Psychology, Stanford University

7:45 pm — 8:30 pm
Dessert and Networking

Wednesday, December 4

What’s Next: Best Practices and Transforming Approaches for Women and the Future of Work

7:30 am – 8:00 am

8:05 am – 8:10 am

Opening Remarks and Day 3 Comments – Jean Wallace, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Lockheed Martin Corporation

8:10 am – 9:10 am
Moderated Panel: Key Business Initiatives to Create Opportunities for Women, Inclusion, and the Future of Work

How are organizations preparing now to address the future of work for women? Learn about some key research and initiatives addressing how organizations can start preparing to ensure gender and inclusion are at the forefront of changes in the future of work.


Michele A. Evans, Executive Vice President, Aeronautics, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Gianni Giacomelli, Chief Innovation Officer, Genpact

Moderator: Heather Foust-Cummings, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research and Consulting, Catalyst

9:25 am -10:35 am
Info Burst Panel: Transforming Your Workplaces for Women and the Future of Work

How are businesses innovating their workplaces to create equity and opportunity for women in the future? Learn about some specific best practices, solutions, and strategies from business leaders who are transforming their organizations across our focus areas for women and the future of work.

Liz Fealy, People Advisory Services, EY
Meghan Scanlon, Managing Director, Enterprise, General Assembly
Emily Coleman, Co-founder and CEO, HAI Analytics Inc.

Pete Dulcamara, Technical VP and Chief Scientist, Kimberly Clark

10:35 am – 11:20 am
Networking Break and Tours/Experiences in Lockheed’s Global Vision Center

11:20 am – 12:20 pm
Moderated Panel: Inclusion in the Global Labor Force in the Future of Work

How can research, policy, and programs address shifting global labor-force demands in the future of work, and how can we ensure that women are at the forefront of these changes? Our speakers will discuss trends in government, economics, and labor markets that impact women and underrepresented groups of talent.


Jieun Choi, Senior Economist, World Bank, Africa Region
Mekala Krishnan, Senior Fellow, McKinsey


Naomi Patton, Vice President, Media & Public Relations, Catalyst 

Lara Kallander, PhD, Fellow, Research Data & Innovation Lab, Catalyst

12:20 pm – 12:30 pm
Closing Remarks: Svetlana Mostovsky, Vice President, US Strategy & Development, Catalyst

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch and Tours/Networking