Deborah Gillis is President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working to change workplaces and improve lives by accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. She is the fourth President in Catalyst’s 54-year history, the first from outside the United States and the first internal successor from within Catalyst’s ranks to hold this office.
Her distinguished career at Catalyst includes leading the organization’s global growth strategy and expansion into India, Australia, and Japan. Prior to Catalyst, Ms. Gillis spent over 20 years advising decision-makers in the public and private sectors, including management roles in two multi-national firms. She has served as a candidate for elected office and has made coaching and mentoring of women in business and political life a personal priority. She is frequently quoted in the global media and regularly addresses senior leaders around the world in a variety of business, academic, and public policy venues.
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