Women CEOs

Women—particularly women of color, women born outside of the United States, and LGBT women—are underrepresented among CEOs of the Fortune 500. Catalyst tracks the data and helps advance more women onto corporate boards.



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Women CEOs

Breaking Down Barriers for Women of Color

A conversation with Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President, Ariel Investments

Women CEOs

Catalyst Names Jennifer McCollum Next President & CEO

McCollum, Catalyst’s sixth CEO in its 62-year history, succeeds Lorraine Hariton, who will retire from the organization.

Women CEOs

More Insights on Black Women and the Glass Cliff (Blog Post)

Thoughts from webinar participants on what it means to reach the top—only to be set up to fail.

Virtual Roundtable: Beyond Illusions: The Unfinished Agenda for Workplace Gender Equity

Join us this International Women's Day for a transformative, thought-provoking Catalyst Conversation that challenges the prevailing myth that work on gender equity in the workplace is no longer an urgent priority.

Black History Month Webinar: Black Women and the Glass Cliff

Join this webinar to explore the experiences of Black women in leadership roles with the "glass cliff" - the idea that even when women do reach the top levels of the corporate ladder, they do so during periods when the company experiences poor performance or turmoil and thus their positions are inherently risky and precarious.

Women CEOs

Historical Women CEOs of the Fortune Lists: 1972-2023 (List)

The only complete listing of all the women who have been CEO in the Fortune listings.

In-Person Executive Discussion: Challenges and Opportunities for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Future of Work – What do workers want from their leaders?

Join us for an engaging conversation with Catalyst President & CEO Lorraine Hariton and a senior Steelcase executive on the steps we all need to take to be an employer of choice. 

International Women’s Day (IWD): Impacting Positive Change by Embracing Equity Webinar Recording

In celebration of International Women’s Day, and of women across all their intersecting identities, join Catalyst for a vibrant discussion on leveraging your sphere of influence to forge a fair and equal world.

DEI 101

Pyramid: Women in the United States Workforce (Infographic)

Catalyst's famous pyramid depicts how the number of women in leadership positions shrinks as they climb the corporate ladder.

Joint Catalyst & ExecuShe Panel Discussion: The Corporate Gender Power Gap

One in five top executives globally are women, but when it comes to decision-making power men hold nine times more power in corporate leadership.

WEBINAR: International Women’s Day (IWD): Impacting Positive Change by Embracing Equity

Join Catalyst as we recognize International Women's Day, celebrating women across all their intersecting identities.

Financial Times Live: Women at the Top Europe (Partner Event)

How do you build a culture to increase the percentage of women throughout the business - not just at the top? What does the future of leadership look like?

Business Case

Women in the Workforce: United States (Quick Take)

Data overview of American women at all levels of the workforce, updated to reflect changes during Covid-19 pandemic.

Women CEOs

Women CEOs in Underrepresented Groups (List)

Women, women of color, women born outside of the United States, and LGBT women are underrepresented in the Fortune 500.

Future of Work

Highlights from the Sold-Out Catalyst Awards

Catalyst gathered leaders in person and virtually from around the globe to reimagine the workplace at our sold-out event.

Organizational Culture Change

LinkedIn Live: Prioritizing Workplace Equity Now

Join Hariton and Advaithi to hear about how organizations can prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Board Diversity

LinkedIn Live: Advancing Progress For Women of Color in Leadership

Join us for a conversation about advancing progress for women of color in the C-suite and corporate governance.

Women CEOs

Now is the Moment: Women’s Advancement in the Arts, Business, and Beyond (Webinar Recording)

Catalyst and the New York Philharmonic present a timely discussion exploring the experiences of women across sectors and industries. The panel…

Women CEOs

How Women CEOs Are Selected & Succession (List)

Up-to-date information on women CEO selection and succession within Fortune 500 companies.

Women CEOs

2013 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Executive Officers and Top Earners (Report)

Once again the needle barely budged for women aspiring to top business leadership in corporate America.