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2019 Catalyst Awards Conference: The Future@Work


Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

2019 Catalyst Awards Conference: The Future@Work

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Catalyst Supporter Mar 13, 2019 $825.00 $7.95
All Others Mar 13, 2019 $1,500.00 $7.95

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2019 Catalyst Awards Conference: The Future@Work

The Future@Work is already here. Breakthrough technologies, social movements, globalization, polarizing politics, and shifting values have pushed us to an inflection point. We can either harness all talent at work to intentionally propel ourselves toward a more inclusive future—or succumb to the forces that will make our workplaces obsolete.

At Catalyst, we are the Future@Work, because we are reimagining and building workplaces that work for women. And you are too! Join us at the Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner to celebrate and learn from Catalyst Award-winning organizations, Supporters, forward-thinking experts, leaders, and luminaries. Together, businesses, governments, NGOs, and nonprofits will share our visions and actions for building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive Future@Work where we can all thrive. 

Take time between sessions to visit the Future@Work Hall to connect with our 2019 Catalyst Award Winners, organizations enabling Technology@Work and Thriving@Work and more! 


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7:00–8:00 AM


Check-In and Networking Breakfast

8:00–10:15 AM


General Session


2019 Catalyst Award Winner Spotlights


Schneider Electric@Work

A conversation with: Anil Chaudhry, Managing Director & Zone President, Schneider Electric India and Rachna Mukherjee, Country Partner - VP - HR, Greater India, Human Resources, Schneider Electric


Bank of America@Work

Cynthia H. Bowman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Bank of America


Catalyst’s President & CEO, Lorraine Hariton, discusses the Future@Work in general—and Catalyst’s own future under her new leadership with Zain Asher, Anchor, CNN International.  


10:15–11:45 AM


Breakout Sessions

(Select one)


Future@Work Hackathon

Catalyst has identified the following eight trends already impacting the Future@Work. Select one trend you’d like to learn more about and collaborate with others to brainstorm solutions and approaches.


Trend 1: Balancing Act: Harnessing Technology Takes a Human Touch

While machines continue to become smarter, they don't possess the same abilities as humans to listen, empathize, and relate to other people. The most successful leaders of the future will have the interpersonal skills necessary to manage and integrate rapid technological advances while simultaneously building inclusive teams where all employees thrive.

  • Krista Brookman, Vice President, Inclusive Programming & New Product Strategy, Catalyst
  • Julie Friedberg, Senior Director, Learning Design & Delivery, Catalyst
  • Michael Pino, PhD, Global Director, Strategy & Innovation, Cognizant Academy
  • UPS

Trend 2: When I Was Your Age: Busting Myths and Bias in the Multigenerational Workplace

As older employees delay retirement and birthrates in advanced economies decline, future workplaces will be increasingly multigenerational. Stereotypes and myths about each generation must be addressed to ensure that all employees—regardless of age and stage—feel included, see eye-to-eye, and can work hand-in-hand. 


Trend 3: My Truths: Recognizing and Valuing Employees’ Intersecting Identities

All employees bring unique experiences and perspectives related to their gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, ability, religion, social class, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of difference. Savvy employers understand both how these identities intersect and how to honor them to create workplaces where all can thrive, contribute, and succeed.


Trend 4: Environmental Disruption: How Increasing Natural and Human-Made Disasters Will Impact Employees and Companies

More frequent disruptions related to climate change and geopolitics mean that people and companies are on the move. Finding ways to work with displaced employees, new immigrants, and employees impacted by these disruptions is essential to companies’ and employees’ future success.

  • Gord Johnston, President & Chief Executive Officer, Stantec
  • Vandana Juneja, Vice President, Asia-Pacific/Global Growth Markets, Catalyst


Trend 5: Stand and Be Counted: Responding to Employee and Consumer Demand for Corporate Social Justice

Social justice platforms such as #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, #TimesUp, and other human rights movements—as well as environmental challenges—are at the forefront of many conversations both inside and outside the workplace. CEOs and organizations must be at the forefront of responding proactively to the many stakeholders who are looking for ethical leadership—or risk losing influence and competitive edge.


Trend 6: Rethinking Recruitment: Filling Future Demand for Talent

Companies struggling to meet the demand for employees with technical, interpersonal, and leadership skills will increase their odds of recruiting and retraining qualified talent by creating workplaces where a balance of skillsets and diverse experiences are equally valued and maximized.


Trend 7: Cast a Wide Net: The Benefits of a Geographically Dispersed Virtual Workforce

Organizations unbound by traditional work structures or brick and mortar locations can attract top talent by expanding their talent pool from local to global. They can deliver a better customer experience thanks to time zone differences allowing for longer coverage periods and wider knowledge of different cultures and languages. All this as virtual employees collaborate and innovate using remote technologies that reimagine the typical work day and allow them to achieve better work-life effectiveness, to the benefit of employees and organizations.


Trend 8: Collaboration is Key: Leading and Leveraging Diverse Teams and Technology

Technology-assisted collaboration across AI and human teams, where employees are able to develop trust in one another and effectively solve problems, express differing viewpoints, and learn from mistakes is key to inclusion innovation, business results, and productivity in workplaces now—and will be even more so in the future.

  • Emily V. Troiano, Vice President, Information Center, Catalyst
  • Lauren Pasquarella Daley, PhD, Director, Fact Checking, Catalyst
  • Farouk Dey, Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design, Johns Hopkins University
  • Deborah Corbeil, Director, Corporate HR and Org. Design & Effectiveness, Arconic

11:45 AM–2:15 PM


General Session



2019 Catalyst Award Winner Spotlights



A conversation with Kimberlee Harrison, EVP HR for Global Functions, Deutsche Post DHL, and Sabine Mueller, CEO DHL Consulting


Eli Lilly and Company@Work

A conversation with: David A. Ricks, Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly and Company and Joy Fitzgerald, Chief Diversity Officer, Eli Lilly and Company


A Fireside Conversation between Caroline A. Wanga, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President, Human Resources, Target Corporation and Michael E. McNamara, Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Target Corporation


2:15–3:15 PM


Breakout Sessions

(Select one)

 2019 Catalyst Award Winners


 Bank of America–Investing in Women

  • Lauren Hood, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America
  • Ebony A. Thomas, Senior Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Bank of America
  • Morgan Whitacre, Senior Vice President, Consumer & Small Business, Head of Client Underwriting and Protection, Bank of America

Deutsche Post DHL Group—Women in Management

  • Susanna Nezmeskal-Berggoetz, Vice President Diversity & Values, Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Rolf-Dirc Roitzheim, Executive Vice President Corporate Executives, Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Tony Flood, Vice President HR Finance, GBS Americas, Deutsche Post DHL Group


Eli Lilly and Company—Employee Journeys and People Strategy

  • Steve Fry, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Laurie Kowalevsky, VP of Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer, Bio-Medicines, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Kathleen Pearson, M.B.A., Senior Director, Market Research and New Product Planning, Oncology Business Unit, Eli Lilly and Company

Schneider Electric—Attracting and Retaining Women in Schneider Electric India

  • Niharika Mohan, HR Director- India & South Asia, Schneider Electric India
  • Rachna Mukherjee, Country Partner - VP - HR, Greater India, Human Resources, Schneider Electric 
  • Sonali Satpathy, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Schneider Electric 




3:15–4:30 PM


General Session



Closing Session: Humanity@Work

An inclusive future where everyone can thrive will take all of us @work using our uniquely human capabilities in the most intentional way possible. We'll need empathy@work, creativity@work, curiosity@work, and more. The Future@Work is YOU! So, join us for this engaging and exciting session with The Second City Works to learn how you can shift the definition of AI to automated inclusion.



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New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Catalyst is a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Founded in 1962, Catalyst helps organizations remove barriers and drive change with pioneering research, practical tools, and proven solutions to accelerate and advance women into leadership—because progress for women is progress for everyone.  

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