Meryle Mahrer Kaplan, PhD, leads activities that focus externally—particularly on Catalyst members—and internally—on Catalyst as an organization. She leads Global Member Services (GMS), which draws from Catalyst’s full knowledge base to foster member impact through activities including Consulting Services, Vital Signs, and Speakers Bureau. She also leads the CEO Summit franchise, shaping dialogues that engage senior executives within and across companies. Building on this range of experience, Dr. Kaplan also has executive leadership responsibility for Catalyst’s talent and culture. She works closely with HR leadership, contributing insights and practices to ensure that Catalyst is a premier workplace.
Dr. Kaplan has more than 20 years of experience working with large organizations and she serves as a trusted advisor and thought partner to highly sophisticated members and to those seeking to jumpstart diversity and inclusion efforts. She is an author of The Catalyst Guide to Employee Resource Groups and the Making Change: Beyond Flexibility series. She has been involved in Catalyst’s global activities and diverse women initiatives. She is a frequent speaker and serves on a number of Catalyst member stakeholder advisory groups focused on diversity and sustainability and on nonprofit boards.
Dr. Kaplan received her BA in Psychology from Douglass College, her MA in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut, and her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, where she taught graduate courses in the psychology of women. She is the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Research Grant in Women’s Studies, author of Mothers’ Images of Motherhood (Routledge) and co-editor of Representations of Motherhood, an anthology published by Yale University Press. Dr. Kaplan is married and the mother of a son who is a scientist working in Baltimore.