Vice President and Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC
Shachi Irde is the Executive Director of Catalyst India WRC, a leading not-for-profit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business. Ms. Irde has been instrumental in building Catalsyt’s presence in India and support member organisations in creating inclusive workplaces. Prior to joining Catalyst, she served as the Head of Diversity at Infosys, where she developed and managed the organization’s D&I initiatives including the first leadership development program for women and D&I Councils. She also played an integral role in launching the organization’s ground-breaking employee resource group (ERG) for India-based LGBT employees. In addition, she conceptualized and delivered successful employee engagement programs focusing on communication, health and safety.
Ms. Irde delivers workshops and advisory sessions across a variety of topics relating to the advancement of women and inclusive workplaces—within India and globally, and is often quoted in the media. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of gender sensitization, networking, sponsorship, engaging men, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, diversity councils and work-life effectiveness.
She has also held HR leadership roles within Wipro –e-Peripherals Ltd. She was a member of the Advisory Council of D & I at NASSCOM.
Ms Irde was invited to share her views on the amendment to Companies Act 2013 for inclusion of women on board by BBC & CNN. Ms. Irde has featured in the 2016 edition of Vodafone’s “Women of Wonder” for building communities. She has been recognised by ALL Women Economic Forum as “Iconic Woman in leadership”. She has been honoured with “Global Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award” by World HRD Congress in 2017.
In addition to writing articles and blogs she has also co-authored a book chapter in the book Globalization of Professional Services published by Springer. A strong advocate for women’s empowerment, she works with voluntary organizations supporting under-privileged women in her spare time. .
Catalyst is the leading not-for-profit organization which aims to expand opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan and India, Catalyst has more than 800 members around the world, including companies, firms, business schools, and associations that collectively employ millions of women. Our global lens and regional reach allow us to provide our members, the media, and the public with information and advice on creating workplaces that enable women and their employers to succeed.
We use data-driven, scientific approaches to pinpoint and address the causes of talent management gaps. With our global reputation for rigorous research, over 700 members, the public, and academic communities look to us for leading-edge knowledge on gender, leadership, and inclusive talent management in real-world corporate settings.
Catalyst regularly conducts events span that the globe, addressing topics vital to women in the workplace. These gatherings—large and small, virtual and in-person—connect attendees, inspire action, and advance our transformative vision of changing workplaces and changing lives.