Gillis Catalyst
Gillis Catalyst

#Women2Watch Paying it Forward

This week we bring you four outstanding #women2watch who are making a real difference in the struggle for female empowerment on every level—from stopping forced prostitution and slavery to coaching women on how to put the poverty mindset behind them.

Deborah Gillis, Catalyst President and CEO

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Catalyst is a badass nonprofit organization dedicated to the inclusion of women in the workplace. These folks do research and host events to show major corporations how they can benefit from hiring and respecting women—and they’ve been at it since 1962. Deborah Gillis, a fierce breast cancer survivor and veteran of testosterone-heavy workplaces, serves as President and CEO of Catalyst. Read more about her here.














Laura Parker, The Exodus Road VP of Communications

We recently profiled The Exodus Road, an incredible organization helping to stop human trafficking around the world. Laura Parker co-founded TER and currently serves as VP of Communications. She is also a wife, an intrepid traveler, and a mother of three—check out her twitter feed for a steady stream of life-affirming images, videos, and concepts.

Laura Parker
Laura Parker | Exodus Road

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Next – PTBL + Prospera

Yesi Morillo-Gual, Founder and President of Proud to be Latina

Morillo-Gual has 25 years of wall street experience, managing a finance firm. She also goes to graduate school for professional writing. And in her spare time, she advocates for women to change their poverty mindset through her work with Proud to Be Latina. PTBL helps women from lower income families navigate corporate jobs, and figure out how to move beyond what they were taught to expect, in regards to work and money. 

This truly inspiring woman recently gave a TED X talk that will make you rethink your financial mindset.



María Rogers Pascual, Prospera Executive Director

Last year we profiled the awesome work of Prospera, a nonprofit focused on helping low-income women start their own small businesses.

María Rogers Pascual, Prospera Executive Director
María Rogers Pascual, Prospera Executive Director

Maria Rogers Pascual, a multilingual, Mexican-American powerhouse, has taught communications courses, coached business leaders, and worked as a consultant for leadership development. She’s been with Prospera since 2015, and we can’t wait to see her next move.


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