Inequalities are Connected - A Discussion on Intersectionality

How does gender equality affect other battles against discrimination? Our panelists will discuss the importance of diversity in the workplace and how we can achieve it.

Moderator: Audrey Gallien, Catalyst Inc.

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Audrey Gallien joined Catalyst in 2011 as part of the Membership Department in Sunnyvale, California. During that time, she strengthened Catalyst supporter organizations utilizing Catalyst resources, and built customized convening diversity and inclusion events in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2013, Audrey joined the Marketing Department in New York City to coordinate Catalyst global webinars, build diversity and inclusion events and training, and lead the annual Catalyst Awards Dinner sales.

As of 2015, Audrey now leads the Catalyst Speakers Bureau as a Director in the Marketing Department, responsible for the marketing, sales, and development of customized speaking engagements and workshops for organizations globally.

Audrey frequently speaks on the topics of unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, sponsorship development, and LGBT workplace allyship. Audrey graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Outside of Catalyst, Audrey is a contributing editor to an event planning podcast called GatherGeeks and runs a Brooklyn-based Star Wars book club.



Brooke Sopelsa is the Managing Editor of NBC Out, NBC News' digital destination for content about and of interest to the LGBTQ community.

Prior to launching NBC Out in June 2016, Brooke was a producer at the Huffington Post, where she was awarded a 2015 RTDNA Kaleidoscope Award for her LGBTQ coverage. While she has spent the majority of her career in digital media, Brooke has also worked in television news and documentary production. She co-produced, shot and edited the documentary Queer Streets, a film about LGBTQ homeless youth in NYC, which aired on MTV's LOGO channel from 2008-2011.

Brooke holds a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University, an M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business.

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Lenore Beirne is a partner for those who are working to bring vision to life. She has more than 10 years of experience working as an employee, consultant, coach, and investor to startups and social enterprises. She is the founder of Bright Coaching. Lenore recently served as an a senior investment associate and founder coach at 645 Ventures in NYC. In addition to working with the founders and founding teams of venture-backed organizations, Lenore has adapted coaching frameworks to support corporate leaders and small business. She supported the development and teaching of a NYU MBA course, “Developing Managerial Skills” and coaches minority- and women-owned businesses via New York’s Small Business Administration. Lenore holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Finance, Marketing) from American University and an MBA in Leadership and Entrepreneurship & Innovation from NYU Stern. She is passionate about increasing founders’ capacity for leadership and their impact on their industries and communities.  

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Radhika Papandreou is a Senior Director at Ferguson Partners Ltd. where her focus is on senior management and board recruitment within the Restaurant and Leisure Practice.  In addition, she is a leader within the Diversity Practice at Ferguson Partners.  Ms. Papandreou’s areas of focus include assembling a Board of Directors for companies going through transitions, including IPOs, spin-offs, and bankruptcy situations; and C- level recruitment within the hospitality and leisure sector.   

Before joining Ferguson Partners, Ms. Papandreou was a Managing Director at Lloyds Bank, running the Consumer and Healthcare Practice for North America. She had responsibility for the management of the sector team and was a member of the North American Management Committee.  Radhika has over seventeen years of banking experience. She spent the first ten years of her career at Citigroup in various roles, including in the Financial Institutions Group, Capital Markets Credit, and Consumer and Healthcare Relationship Management, both in New York and in London.

Radhika earned her B.A. in International Affairs and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business.

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Sherri Lane is the Executive Director of Regulatory Reform for NYC's Department of Small Business Services (SBS).  She is responsible for the Mayor's Small Business First Initiative which aims to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses in New York City.  Prior to joining SBS, she was an Engagement Manager at Deloitte Consulting. Her cross-industry engagement experience includes strategic planning, process enhancement, operating model design, strategic sourcing and procurement, supply chain strategy, and technology integration.  Prior to Deloitte, she worked for 5 years in microlending both domestically and internationally.  She is passionate about economic development and decreasing income inequality.

Sherri is a 2014 graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business and is a proud resident of Gowanus, Brooklyn with her wife Ashley.

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A passionate financial wellness advocate, Xiomara Lorenzo combines her background in data analytics, financial services, and consumer insights to lead Society of Grownups, a startup incubated by MassMutual and created in partnership with the global design firm IDEO. Prior to Society of Grownups, Lorenzo worked with Fortune 500 companies, including Morgan Stanley, to help these organizations use customer insights to both optimize the financial models of equity analysts as well as to inform product development for financial services providers. As Director of Society of Grownups, she leverages her "intrapreneurial" background to support the development of engaging digital media experiences that promote financial literacy in service of taking action towards one’s goals. She received her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. Additionally, she is the founder of Xiomara Lorenzo Designs, a boutique studio specializing in handcrafted 3D-printed jewelry. She resides with her wife in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.