Catherine Gaudry first joined Scholz & Friends as an International Business Director, working to extend the international reach of the agency and to develop areas such as innovation and digitalisation. On her own initiative, however, the Canadian-born businesswoman gradually expanded her area of responsibility. She used her position to support various issues close to her heart, taking on the newly created role of the Group Head of Talent & Transformation in 2018 and assuming responsibility for diversity, gender equality, and team and leadership development. Since then, she and her team have developed various new projects, such as an internal training programme dealing with the topic of unconscious bias. She supports external LGBT+ leadership trainings for employees and has also launched a reverse mentoring programme in which senior managers learn from their junior colleagues.
Being awarded a Women in Leadership grant for her work on diversity and the promotion of women allowed Catherine Gaudry to complete an Executive MBA in international business at ESCP Europe while working. She now teaches a course in personal and career development at the same business school. In addition to her job and her teaching role, she also works as a trainer, adviser and speaker. She speaks about feminism, leadership and New Work at conferences and events.
In this interview, Catherine Gaudry discusses the future of corporate culture: What changes are taking place within the world of work? How do we want to and how should we be able to practise our professions in the future?