Mary Boughton is responsible for strategic engagement with Catalyst members. By building effective connections between Catalyst resources and organizations, Mary’s leadership ensures impact toward Catalyst’s mission of expanding opportunities for women and business. She is also responsible for implementing strategies to build Catalyst’s presence in Australia and the Western United States. Working in Sunnyvale, California, she recruits, develops, and supports Catalyst member organizations by making them aware of Catalyst resources, and by organizing and conducting events on topics related to Catalyst research, that include inclusive leadership, women in STEM, women in leadership, women’s contributions to corporate financial performance, workplace challenges for diverse women, LGBT, and men as advocates for inclusion. She speaks frequently about Catalyst to a variety of audiences.
Mary spent 14 years in sales at CompuServe Network Services, Inc. an international provider of business-to-business networking products and services. She then joined Accenture, where she focused on researching and presenting opportunities for new client engagements. In 2002, Mary elected to bring her passion, corporate experience, and business skills to nonprofit management. Prior to joining Catalyst in 2008, she served as Executive Director for Career Closet, an organization that assists women returning to the workforce in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. She also served as Executive Director for Peninsula Habitat for Humanity (now known as Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco), an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Santa Clara University.