Cathrin Stickney

Women's Advocate

Cathrin, formerly a high-ranking healthcare executive, consultant and adjunct professor at NYU, has been a women’s advocate for more than 30 years, but when she saw studies that found, at the pace we are going, “it would take >100 years for women to reach parity in the executive suite and on boards,” she immediately started down the path to create Parity.org to ask CEOs to take the ParityPledge® to simply interview at least one woman for every role VP and above. No quotas. No deadlines. Since then, more than 370 companies have taken the ParityPledge, including Adobe, Oracle, Cloudera, Best Buy, Cisco, Lyft, Overstock, Domo, Ralph Lauren, RR Donnelly, NEA, Qualtrics, Pluralsight, and the NASDAQ Stock Exchange. Sony Pictures, American Express Global Business Travel, and HLTH are sponsors. She wants to close the gender gap now—not in 200 years.