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Katica Roy          

CEO & Founder of Pipeline; Award-Winning Gender Economist & Gender Equity Advocate; Programmer & Data Scientist

Award-winning gender economist and former Global 500 global executive Katica Roy is a programmer, data scientist, and the CEO and founder of an award-winning SaaS company, Pipeline. Pipeline uses advanced technology to enable companies to realize the economic opportunity of intersectional gender equity and launched the first gender equity app on Salesforce's AppExchange. Pipeline, which is backed by both Accenture and Workday, was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 and awarded Fast Company’s: 2023 and 2020 World’s Most Innovative Companies, 2021 Next Big Things in Tech, and 2022 World Changing Ideas.

CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Bloomberg, Cheddar, MarketWatch, Yahoo Finance, Wharton Business, Newsy, and NBC have sought Roy for her sharp and unconventional take on the day’s headlines. She has interviewed President Biden, Vice President Harris, Senators Booker and Gillibrand, Secretary Pete, Canadian Pay Equity Commissioner Karen Jensen, Sophia Bush, Eve Rodsky, Gretchen Carlson, and Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

She has spoken on over 100 stages across the world including major stages at SXSW, CES, Web Summit, The Atlantic, and for major corporations such as JP Morgan, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Cisco, Edelman, BNP Paribas and more. Roy is disrupting the business world with data-driven content that dynamically changes the audience. Ultimately compelling them to take action!

Roy's high-octane, visionary articles have been published by the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, Bloomberg, NBC, Entrepreneur, The Hill, The Advocate, Harvard Business Review, and Morning Consult, garnering over 2.9 billion impressions. She has received numerous accolades, including being named a 2019 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business and awarded the 2019 Stevie Entrepreneur of the Year—Gold Award, the 2020 Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year as well as one of LinkedIn’s Top Influencer for gender equity in 2022. She is a member of Fast Company’s Impact Council and Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum. Roy offers illuminating insights into fixing the leaky talent pipeline, the economic opportunity of gender equity, engineering gender equity into the future of work, AI and the future of revenue, the intersection of gender equity and climate change, and more.

Speech Topics


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Future of Revenue

The Future of Revenue is about utilizing artificial intelligence to enable employers to make decisions to maximize the potential of their workforce. When 96% of CEOs say gender equity is one of their top 10 priorities while only 22% of employees say that gender diversity is regularly measured and shared, the leaky workforce pipeline is not being addressed and leaving financial returns on the table. So how do employers identify the cracks in the workforce pipeline and improve their financial performance?

In this talk, Katica Roy, explains how she’s built a robust, data-driven platform using advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, to ensure equitable decisions and eradicate bias in human capital decisions that leads to improved financial performance for the organization, as well as growth for the individual.

Fix the Leaky Talent Pipeline

Many believe gender equity is a social issue, but the economics tell us it is a massive, trillion dollar opportunity. In fact, every 10% increase in gender equity boosts company revenue by 1-2%. Companies that want to do right by all their stakeholders—employees, customers, investors, and communities alike—need a plan to fix the leaky pipeline of women and other under-resourced talent cohorts. Learn why it pays to prioritize gender equity in the workplace.

Why We Need Men in the Gender Equity Conversation

When we make it all about women, we leave behind the other approximately 50% of the conversation: men. Men not only play a sizable role in the gender equity conversation, they also play a critical role in the solution, as they lead over 90% of Fortune 500 companies, are the decision-makers in 90% of venture capital deals, and hold more than 70% of board seats. Enough with shaming and sidelining men, it’s time to welcome them into the dialogue. After all, equity is not a zero-sum game. Its benefits extend to all genders.

The Economic Impact of Gender Inequity to your Country, Region, State or Industry

Using geographic and industry-specific data, this customized talk demonstrates how gender inequity constricts the economic pie for everyone—not only women. Learn how gender equity benefits your community and discover how grassroots, together with grass tops, efforts can bend the arc of history toward inclusion.

Gender Equity Cuts Through Nearly Every Facet of the Economy

Is Social Security a gender equity issue? What about immigration, healthcare, and international trade? The truth is, gender equity runs through nearly every facet of our society and economy. By closing the gender equity gap in the United States, we can unlock $3.1 trillion in economic potential. From education to innovation, student loan debt to Social Security, and poverty to healthcare, a common thread exists in the effort to improve performance: gender equity.

Engineering Equity into The Future of Work

The problem businesses have with gender equity is not awareness, it’s execution. 96% of CEOs list gender equity among their top priorities, but only 22% of employees say that gender diversity is regularly measured and shared. To unlock the massive financial gains of gender equity, companies must use artificial intelligence to augment (i.e. de-bias) human decisions. The Future of Revenue depends on it: every 10% increase in gender equity boosts company revenue by 1-2%. Learn how to embed gender equity into the employee lifecycle to ensure every talent decision is not only free of bias, but also made in the company’s financial best interest.

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