Deborah Gillis
Catalyst President & CEO

"International Women's Day is an important time to celebrate women and the great strides made with gender parity in recent decades. However, one step forward doesn't mean we've made it. It simply means we're heading in the right direction.

"Women today continue to face barriers to success and, these barriers are more often the result of unconscious biases than overt sexism - even from those who believe in gender parity. In order to create a world where there's equality in all sectors, we must fundamentally understand that strength as a team or company lies not in one’s similarities, but in leveraging differences in others.

"At Catalyst, we know that it will take a significant movement to create this 'new' world of parity. That's why we are working hard to use our years of research and consulting expertise to create actionable knowledge and tested solutions that help to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. We believe that in order to create inclusive workplaces, organizations must encourage individuals across all levels to become inclusive leaders who understand and leverage the differences that exist on their teams and increase innovation in the process. I, along with the Catalyst team, pledge to be a champion of gender parity within my organization and in the wider world."

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