Gender, Race, and Ethnicity


Catalyst Resources and Research

Globally, the corporate landscape is shifting with more people across different racial, ethnic, and cultural groups interacting in the workplace. Projections indicate that Latina, Asian, and African American women will make up 53% of the United States female population by 2050,1 and, similarly, visible minority women are expected to comprise 31% of females in Canada by 2031.2 With representation in over 90 countries,3 indigenous women are also part of the shifting demographic landscape. Yet scholarly research indicates that Latina, Asian, and African American women are least likely to benefit from corporate initiatives to close gender gaps.4 5 Organizations that find ways to include all available talent not only enhance opportunities for their talent, but also maximize their own potential for growth and innovation.

Learn more from Catalyst research and solutions below.

Quick Takes

Women of Color in the United States

Visible Minorities


Women in S&P 500 Companies by Race/Ethnicity


Buying Power: People of Color in the US

Be Inclusive Every Day

The Diversity Dividend: Women of Color 

Inclusion Matters

How to Combat Unconscious Bias as an Individual

It’s Not Easy Feeling Different

Still Too Few: Women of Color on Boards


Emotional Tax: How Black Women And Men Pay More At Work And How Leaders Can Take Action (ABC television interview on findings: Here and Now)

Building Trust Between Managers and Diverse Women Direct Reports

Feeling Different: Being the “Other” in US Workplaces

Inclusive Leadership: The View From Six Countries


Flip the Script: Women in the Workplace

Engaging In Conversations About Gender, Race, And Ethnicity In The Workplace

Conversation Ground Rules

Flip The Script: Race & Ethnicity In The Workplace

Building Trust Between Managers And Diverse Women Direct Reports: Recommendations For Human Resources Departments, Managers, And Individuals

First Step: Women in the World


CatalystX Course: Communication Skills for Bridging Divides

Catalyzing Blog Post: Becoming An Authentic Leader: A Toolbox for Professionals of Color

Catalyzing Blog Post: Press Play: Four Podcasts Women of Color Should Listen To

Catalyzing Blog Post: Ask Deborah: How Do We Change the “Picture” for Women of Color?

Catalyzing Blog Post: Rising to the Top: The Importance of Resources for Women of Color

Catalyzing Blog Post: Taking Down the Confederate Flag and Other Small Wins

Catalyst in the News: Being the ‘Other’: How Othering Holds Women of Color Back

Catalyst Is Creating Solutions For You

Creating inclusion across gender, race, and ethnicity requires solutions that challenge thinking and inspire action. Catalyst helps organizations build solutions attuned to current realities, that remedy inequities and create inclusive work climates where people across gender, race, and ethnicity can thrive and succeed. We invite you to join the conversation by sharing your ideas here.

Catalyst’s Research Collective

Catalyst values the opportunity to partner with, brainstorm with, and learn from you! Catalyst is launching a longitudinal study of gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace that will track a large group of survey respondents called the Research Collective. Individuals who become part of the Research Collective provide first-hand insights into the challenges and opportunities related to achieving inclusion for women and men of racial and ethnic backgrounds including Asian, Black, Latina(o), Indigenous, ethnic minority, multiethnic, and visible minority.  

Members of the Research Collective will receive occasional invitations to participate in Catalyst surveys. All participant data will be kept strictly confidential, and no personally identifying information will be included in any report.

Contact Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon, PhD, or Dnika J. Travis, PhD, for more information.


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Consulting Services

Catalyst’s Consulting Services is well versed in issues pertaining to inclusion across gender, race, and ethnicity in the workplace. We provide our clients with expertise gleaned from Catalyst’s knowledge base and the consulting groups’ 20-plus year history of successful change initiatives.   

Catalyst Consulting Services offers engagements tailored to meet the needs of individual clients, and those relating to racially/ethnically diverse women have included support for: program development aimed at strengthening relationships between racially/ethnically diverse women and their managers; grooming women in the pipeline to leadership positions; increased commitment of managers to development of racially/ethnically diverse women; and engagement of senior leaders in supporting/sponsoring the career development of high-potential racially/ethnically diverse women.

Catalyst Consulting Services also offers half-day workshops on topics germane to inclusion across gender, race, and ethnicity, such as From Unconscious Bias to Inclusive Leadership; Build Your Company’s Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion; and  Developing a Diversity & Inclusion Strategy for Sustainable Cultural Change.

Contact Katherine Giscombe, PhD, for more information.

Catalyst’s Expert Community

The Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice’s Expert Community is a group of global business leaders from over 20 organizations committed to making change for women and other diverse groups in their workplaces.  This prestigious group convenes virtually and in-person to accelerate collective impact.  Each organization joins an Impact Team to develop successful strategies and test actions, including Advancing Women to Top Leadership, Creating Opportunities for Women of Color, Developing Inclusive Leaders, and Engaging Men.

The Creating Opportunities for Women of Color Impact Team is engaged in action research and knowledge generating activities to foster inclusion for racially and ethnically diverse women. Activities include identifying subtleties in unwritten rules regarding racially/ethnically diverse women, and examining the effectiveness of current company processes and practices.   

See our blog for more information: Catalyst’s Expert Community: Ask Deborah: What Is Catalyst’s “Expert Community” Doing to Increase Inclusion?

Catalyst Women of Color Summit: Highlights


In 2015, Catalyst hosted its first Women of Color Summit, which convened global thought leaders in academia, business, and policy to share ideas and solutions for advancing women of color, visible minority women, and indigenous women in the workplace. At the two-day Summit, we tapped into our collective knowledge and experience to dispel misconceptions about the roadblocks to change, build on bright spots, and set a vision and agenda for future research and solutions that will work in the 21st-century workplace. Catalyst is using insights and lessons learned to extend the dialogue, devise a new research agenda, and ultimately expand opportunities for women of color in business.

Catalyst is tremendously grateful for all of the experts who participated in the Women of Color Summit, and the generous support of our sponsors.

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