Join us on Thursday, March 26, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for a full day of speakers, sessions, and insights.

For more than 20 years, the Catalyst Awards Conference has brought together experts from around the world to share knowledge and shape the dialogue about inclusive leadership and other critical factors related to women and workplaces around the globe. This gathering of experts is one of the strongest communities of change, shaping the global dialogue and individual organizational diversity and inclusion strategies in accordance with Catalyst's Vision: Changing workplaces. Changing lives.

The 2015 Catalyst Awards Conference is sponsored by Walmart.


Tables for the Catalyst Awards Dinner later that evening are now on sale.

7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Check-In, Networking Breakfast, and Opening Remarks
Join us for breakfast and to network with nearly 600 professionals from Catalyst member companies and other leading companies and firms.

8:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
2015 Catalyst Award Winners Plenary Session
The 2015 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives will be announced in late January. Senior leaders from winning companies will discuss their strategies for advancing women and creating inclusive workplaces.

9:40 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (Attendees select one)
Catalyst Award Winner Concurrent Sessions
Leaders from this year’s Award-winning organizations will discuss the impact their initiatives have had on their organizational cultures and how individual employees are experiencing that impact.

11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
A Keynote Conversation With Mary T. Barra
Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, will chat with Mary T. Barra, CEO, General Motors Company, about her career, leadership philosophy, and ways in which she has “disrupted the default.”

1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (Attendees select one)
Catalyst Change Agent Action Sessions

Addressing Inclusion and “Otherness” in the Workplace: Practices That Create Impact
Have you ever wished you could take your most pressing talent management and diversity challenges, sit down with others who are facing the same issues, and brainstorm ways to create meaningful, lasting change? In this interactive session, you will hear from a panel of experts about strategies organizations have pioneered to successfully drive change—then use these examples of promising practices to spark new approaches while collaborating in small groups. This workshop-style session will focus on advancing inclusion for various groups in the workplace, including LGBT employees, women of color, men, and more.


♦  Jeffrey S. Grange, President, Specialty Insurance, QBE North America

♦  Liz Mulligan-Ferry, Director, Research, Catalyst

♦  Julie S. Nugent, Vice President & Center Leader, Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practic

♦  Alixandra Pollack, Director, Research, Catalyst

Session Sponsor: QBE

Disarm: Forget What You Think You Know About Millennials
Millennials are projected to make up 50% of the workforce by 2020. Enlisting this crucial group of employees in building better workplaces is essential to organizational success. As technology evolves (and individual careers along with it), the ideal workplace of tomorrow will look different than it does today. In this no-holds-barred, ask-anything panel, a group of millennials will address topics such as what success means to them, both personally and professionally, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurial interests, and the relevance of feminism in a contemporary context. By sharing their thoughts and feelings, they may even bust some common myths and misperceptions!  


♦  Anna Beninger, Director, Research, Catalyst

♦  Maighan Moody, Director, Human Resources, Catalyst

Session Sponsor: The Alcoa Foundation


Disrupt: Redefining the Role of Men as Full Partners in Gender Equality
Men have a critical role to play in creating inclusive workplaces. Catalyst research has found that less than half of men, who are key decision-makers in most workplaces, see gender stereotyping as a barrier to women’s advancement. In addition, many men are unfamiliar with how gender gaps in opportunity, pay, and advancement hurt them, too, both as leaders of companies and as members of families and communities. In order to create fairer workplaces in which everyone can succeed, men must be included in efforts to combat gender inequity. In this panel discussion, you will hear from men in various stages of their careers, some of whom have participated in Catalyst and White Men as Full Diversity Partners’ new initiative, MARC Leaders, a six-month program that enhances inclusive leadership skills with an end goal of expanding workplace diversity.


♦  Jeff Barth, Program Director, MARC (Men Advocating Real Change)


Interrupting Unconscious Bias
Unconscious biases: we all have them. They’re automatic and efficient mental shortcuts. But now that we have identified this universal aspect of human decision-making, how can we re-train ourselves and disrupt our default thinking to ensure that unintentional stereotyping doesn’t lead to missed opportunities? In this interactive session, participants will learn about strategies large and small, simple and complex. Attendees will learn to identify unconsciously biased thinking in themselves and others and develop inclusive leadership skills to combat it.


♦  Vandana Juneja, Regional Director, Central Canada, Catalyst


♦ Sam Jones, Founder, Data Labs   

 Karyn Twaronite, Partner and Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer, @KTwaronite_EY 

Session Sponsors: EY and Talent Lab


2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closing Session
Amplifying the Positive Portrayal—and Power—of Women
Every word and picture matters. The way that women and men are portrayed in commercials, written into scripts, and reported on in the media profoundly affects our perception of gender roles. Changing the way we think, speak, and act can change the world. Join us to hear from this distinguished panel of change agents who are disrupting the default every day through words and deeds.


♦  Audrey Gallien, Senior Associate, Events

♦  Debbie M. Soon, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives  


♦  Kat Gordon, Founder, The 3% Conference

♦  Karalyn Leavens, SVP, Associate Creative Director, Neon (a FCB Health Company)

♦  Jessica Lee, The Representation Project

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