As senior regional director with Catalyst, Vandana leads the relationships with Catalyst's supporting companies in Canada. A trusted advisor, she coaches and counsels Canadian companies on their strategies to advance women into leadership and create inclusive work environments where women, men and all diverse groups can thrive. Internally, Vandana sits on the Evaluation Committee for the Catalyst Canada Honours, a signature program that selects and recognizes annual Champions of Inclusion from the Canadian business community. Vandana has delivered Catalyst presentations, facilitated roundtables, workshops, and focus groups, and moderated panels in various locations including Canada, the U.S., and Australia. She is a frequent speaker on a broad range of topics, including taking charge of your career, high potentials in the pipeline, biases/stereotypes and inclusive leadership, mentoring/sponsorship, engaging men as champions of inclusion, work-life integration/flexible work arrangements, employee resource groups, women in STEM and women on boards. In the business development capacity of her role, Vandana focuses on supporter attraction, engagement and retention, contributing to the amplification of Catalyst’s global impact. Prior to joining Catalyst, Vandana practiced law, following which she worked as a manager in the Global Diversity and Inclusion groups of two Canadian banks, where she focused on women’s initiatives and advising Employee Resource groups. In pursuing her passion for empowering women, she has also worked as a research associate for the Pay Equity Task Force in Ottawa (Status of Women Canada), and travelled to Vietnam with an NGO in partnership with the University of Toronto to evaluate and report back on a micro-finance project designed to help women living in poverty to understand and enter the mainstream banking system. Vandana has a B.Comm. from McMaster University, an MBA from the University of Windsor, and an LLB from the University of Ottawa.