Deepali Bagati, PhD, is a Senior Director of the Catalyst Inclusive Leadership Initiative. Dr. Bagati leads curriculum development, working to transform diversity research, expertise, and advocacy into skill-building leadership programs for emerging leaders. She continues to serve as a resource on diversity and inclusion, and frequently speaks on topics such as women in leadership, organizational change, and diversity and inclusion strategies.
Previously, Dr. Bagati led the growth and expansion of Catalyst India. Dr. Bagati managed the Catalyst India Advisory Board, developed knowledge products on the development, retention, and advancement of women in business in India, and connected Catalyst members in India with each other and with Catalyst resources. Most recently, Dr. Bagati authored Leadership Gap in India Inc.: Myths and Realities and the 2010 India Benchmarking Report.
In her prior role at Catalyst, as a Director of Research, Dr. Bagati led research on workplace challenges for women of color and developed solutions for building more effective and inclusive workplaces. Dr. Bagati co-led the Women of Color in Professional Services series, led the Women of Color Issue Specialty Team, and authored several reports. As a member of the Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee, Dr. Bagati was a strategic adviser for the evaluation of global initiatives, and as a member of Catalyst’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, she was an internal adviser on diversity and inclusion for Catalyst staff.
She received her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College, with her dissertation focusing on the impact of microcredit loans on gender relations at the household level for low-income women in New Delhi. Dr. Bagati earned a MA in Social Work and a BA in Economics, with honors, from Delhi University, New Delhi, India.