About Deborah Gillis, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst
Deborah Gillis is President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business.Ms. Gillis brings a unique blend of strategic vision, operational savvy, and advocacy to her position. Her distinguished career at Catalyst includes roles as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Membership and Global Operations, where she led Catalyst’s global growth strategy and expansion into India and Australia. Ms. Gillis joined Catalyst in 2006 to lead Catalyst Canada and became Vice President, North America, in 2008. 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 twice served as a candidate for elected office and has made coaching and mentoring of women in business and political life a priority. As a breast cancer survivor and a woman who has successfully overcome the challenges inherent in high-pressure, male-dominated environments, Ms. Gillis is a recognized advocate and expert on expanding opportunities for women and business. 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.
Interviewed by Freyan Billimoria, Director of Strategic Partnerships