About Us




Parity.Org is the leading organization working to eliminate the racial and gender gap in corporate leadership, where the gap is the widest. Founded in 2017, with a mission to create parity in leadership for women, we expanded that focus in 2020 to include people of color. 

We take a pragmatic and research-based approach, offering proven best practices and industry-leading tools for not only reachingbut sustainingparity in leadership. Our flagship offering is the ParityINDEX® SaaS platform. This robust yet affordable DEI analytics tool enables companies to identify previously invisible patterns and opportunities, measure and monitor progress, and benchmark their parity performance against others in their industries.  

We’ve helped hundreds of companies worldwide successfully move the needle towards parity

When women are better represented in leadership roles, more women are hired throughout the company. This ensures that there is a sufficient pipeline of female talent at more junior levels for future leadership roles.

World Economic Forum 2020, The Global Gender Gap Report

Women are hired and promoted at lower rates than men, so far fewer women make it into management and have a chance at senior roles. Only about one in five senior leaders is a woman, and one in twenty-five is a woman of color.

Lean-In & McKinsey 2019, Women in the Workplace

Gender and ethnic diversity in company leadership are associated with increased profitability. Companies with the highest racial and ethnic diversity perform 33% better than companies in the bottom quartile for racial and ethnic diversity.

McKinsey 2018, Delivering Through Diversity

Female executives are correlated with higher profits. A company with 30% female leadership could see an increase of 15% in profitability compared to a similar company with no female leadership.

Peterson Institute 2016, Is Gender Diversity Profitable?

Having at least three women on a corporate board is tied to improved financial performance in terms of Return on Equity (ROE) and Earnings per Share (EPS) compared to similar boards with no female representation. ​

MSCI 2017, Women on Boards Progress Report

Women of color are a force in the U.S. economy. They generate $1 trillion as consumers and $361 billion in revenue as entrepreneurs, launching companies at 4x the rate of all woman-owned businesses.

Harvard Business Review 2018, How Women of Color get to Senior Management

Board of Directors

Mark Gorenberg

Managing Partner
Zetta Venture Partners

Mark has been in venture capital for more than 25 years. His firm, Zetta Venture Partners, is not only committed to gender parity; but is the first firm to include a no-sexual harassment clause in all of their term sheets.

Julie Kehoe

Chief Communications Officer
Domo

Julie is Domo’s Chief Communications Officer, responsible for communications strategies and programs to build and protect brand reputation and help teams sell. Previously she was a partner at The Outcast Agency leading the high-tech firm’s east coast business. Julie helped launch Parity.Org in 2017 and has served on the advisory board of Utah’s Women Tech Council for more than a decade.

Amy Kennedy

Education Director
The Kennedy Forum

Amy is the Education Director of The Kennedy Forum where she pursues partnerships and collaborations that emphasize evidence-based research and programming to facilitate policy change in the areas of education and mental health. Her experiences as a mother and teacher have propelled her efforts and advocacy around social-emotional learning and mental wellness for children. Kennedy was the Democratic Party nominee in the 2020 elections to represent New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district.

Carolyn Magill

CEO
Aetion

Carolyn has been an operations leader at major healthcare companies like United Healthcare, Evolent, and Remedy. She is now CEO at Aetion where she delivers real-world evidence for manufacturers, purchasers and regulators of medical treatments and technologies. Under Carolyn’s leadership, Aetion and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working together in a new research collaboration to use real-world data (RWD) to advance the agency’s understanding of and response to COVID-19.

Cathrin Stickney

Founder & CEO
Parity.Org

Cathrin has been a healthcare executive and a women’s advocate for more than 25 years, helping with the careers of hundreds of women in management during that time. She started Parity.Org to correct the issue of gender imbalance in business at a greater scale. In 2020, she added the ParityPledge for People of Color to shine a light on the significant racial imbalance in top jobs.

Board of Advisors

Claudia Fan Munce

Venture Advisor
NEA

Director, Bank of the West/BNP Paribas Group, Best Buy Corporation, and CoreLogic Inc. As the managing director of IBM Venture Capital Group, Claudia served on the board of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the Latin American Venture Capital Association, Women in Leadership in Private Equity in China, Canadian Innovation Exchange, Savannah Fund in Africa, and many other global venture capital organizations. In 2015 she was named by Worth Magazine as one of 20 most powerful players in Silicon Valley.

Maria Klawe

President
Harvey Mudd College

Maria Klawe began her tenure as Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president in 2006. A renowned computer scientist and scholar, President Klawe is the first woman to lead the college since its founding in 1955. Prior to joining HMC, she served as Dean of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University.

Extended Team

Sidley Austin

Legal Counsel

Method Communications

Social Media Strategy & Execution

Aspen HR

Human Resources
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Technology Team

Website & Product Design & Development

Ankura

Cybersecurity Services

Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP

Certified Public Accountants

Perlson, LLP

Audit

Our pragmatic, evidence-based approach
is working.

One of our corporate partners in the S&P 500 achieved gender parity on their Board of Directors, and at the VP and higher level, in just two years.

One of our corporate partners (a global financial company) ensured that at least 50% of their VP and above hires were women, getting to 50% women at the VP level in two and a half years.

Another corporate partner (a global retail company) achieved gender parity on their board, and hired a woman as CEO.

“Hundreds more women and people of color are in executive positions because of Parity.Org. We are making a difference!”

Cathrin Stickney

Founder and CEO, Parity.org®