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Our world is 268 years away from closing the global economic intersectional gender equity gap. Despite well-intentioned initiatives to close the gap, progress has failed to materialize fast enough. Women are 50% of the world’s population yet lead a mere 18% of firms globally.

Sustaining this level of intersectional gender inequity creates adverse conditions for women, men, and the global economy. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

Using the tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we have the power to close the intersectional gender equity gap in this lifetime. The question is not “Can we close the gap?” It’s “Will we?” Whether or not you believe intersectional gender equity is a social issue, we cannot deny that it’s a massive economic opportunity—to the tune of $12 trillion globally. 

Keynote Topics

Fixing the Leaky Pipeline

We have a leaky pipeline — one that costs the US trillions of dollars. Many believe gender equity is a social issue, but the economics tell us gender equity is an opportunity. Beyond injustice, a lack of gender equity creates spouts in the workforce pipeline. Missed opportunities for potential investment in female employees leads to their early departure and decreased levels of leveraging talented women.

Why We Need Men in the Gender Equity Conversation

A gender equity conversation without men is a monologue, creating lopsided solutions that don’t serve the needs of individuals. The 2-way gender equity conversation plays out across every aspect of life; however, the aspects tend to converge in one arena: the workplace. In the pursuit of equity for all, we need voices from all. According to UNESDOC, “Gender equity means fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs.”

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

Using geographic and industry-specific data and research, this customized talk demonstrates how gender inequity constricts the economic pie—and not only for women, but for everyone. Learn the economic impact of gender inequity and discover how you can bend the arc of history for the benefit of all.

When We Make It All About Women, We Leave Out the Other Half of the Story

The gender equity conversation is often mired by the wrong approach — is it an issue or an opportunity? At a time when women are the breadwinners in 40% of US households with children, this talk will explain how our communities suffer when we underinvest in the female workforce. From education to innovation, debt to social security, poverty to healthcare, a common thread exists in the effort to improve performance: gender equity in the workforce. As communities and as individuals, we all benefit when we keep women in the workforce. Let’s take a closer look.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Future of Revenue

The Future of Revenue is about utilizing artificial intelligence to enable employers to make decisions that maximize the potential of their workforce. When 78% of CEOs say gender equity is one of their top 10 priorities but only 22% of employees say that gender diversity is regularly measured and shared, the leaky workforce pipeline is not being addressed. Organizations are leaving money on the table. How can employers identify the cracks in the talent pipeline and improve their financial performance? This talk explains how business leaders can use advanced technologies to ensure equitable decisions and eradicate bias in human capital decisions. The result is improved financial performance for the organization.

Speaker Bio

As CEO and founder of award-winning SaaS company Pipeline™, Katica Roy is committed to closing the intersectional gender equity gap in our lifetime. The Pipeline™ platform was named one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 and Fast Company’s 2020 World’s Most Innovative Companies

A gender economist, former Fortune 500 global executive, programmer, and data scientist with more than two decades of experience in technology, healthcare, and financial services, Katica fought for pay equity twice—and won—with the help of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Driven by her mission to eradicate economic inequality, Katica is credited as a rare combination of expertise in and passion for intersectional gender equity, people analytics, and sales operations. She pours her knowledge and unique lens into several community and global initiatives, including as a former board member of Edge of Seven, Isabella Bird Community School, and Book Trust. She is a current board member of the University of San Francisco’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and a member of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. In 2017, Katica was named a Luminary by Colorado Technology; in 2018, she served as a Colorado Governors’ Fellow; and in 2019, Katica was named a Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business and awarded Entrepreneur of the Year from the Stevie® Women in Business Awards.

She is also an industry entrepreneur, thought leader, and frequent editorial contributor and speaker. Katica’s articles have been published by the World Economic Forum, Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, The Hill, The Advocate, Salesforce, and Morning Consult. In 2019, her articles garnered over 1 billion impressions.

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“Katica is truly an expert in all things related to gender equity, both quantitative and qualitative. Not only is she an engaging and motivating speaker, she includes the WHY and the vision for a brighter future of gender equity.”

-Stacey Hawes
 President, Epsilon Data Practice


"I am delighted to say that Katica Roy’s keynote presentation at this event was outstanding and exceeded our every expectation. Her presentation was enlightening and inspiring as she moved everyone to action, knowing that the future truly depends upon what we do!" 

-Lynette Jones
Chairperson, 2019 International Women's Day Committee

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“The program [2018 Boulder Economic Summit] attracted our largest audience to date, and [Katica’s] professional insights and engaging presentation were valuable to the overall success of the event.”

-Karen L. Kruse
VP for Finance and COO, Boulder Chamber

Featured TV Appearances

Past Speaking Engagements 


SSClubhouse | Equal Pay Day in the U.S.
The Female Quotient | Equity Lounge In Commemoration of Equal Pay Day
Kaufman Inclusion Group Meeting
SHE Globl | S.H.E. Summit  "Whole-Life Leadership" Coaching Call

BNP Paribas | The $2 Trillion Question: How To Close The Gender Equity Gap - And Why It Matters For Everyone's Economic Prosperity

Canopy Advisory Fireside Chat | The Next 4 Years: How the Biden Administration Will (or Won’t) Shape your Organization’s Approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Liberty Global | International Women's Day

HBR | Six Strategies for Moving the Needle on Gender Equity

Worth | Women and Worth Actions Speak Louder Than Words



JP Morgan/BCG | Women in Leadership


Denver Business Journal

The AI Summit | The Virtual AI Summit New York

G100 Women’s Leadership Acceleration

National Partnership | Business Working Group for Gender Equity

Fortune | Why Diversity and Inclusion Data Matter in a World of Stakeholder Capitalism

Accenture | Equity in Innovation

Techstars | Keynote | Diversity, equity, and inclusion: a data-driven way to future-proof your organization

Watermark | Webinar Series: Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace with Katica Roy

Fast Company | How to Support Working Parents and Increase Business Performance in the Age of COVID

Techstars | Gender Equality is critical for our society and economy: How you can begin to take action

Making a Difference From your Couch | LIVE Q&A with Katica Roy

Stanford | Motherhood & Work

Working Mother

Fast Company Innovation Festival

Worth | Women & Worth Virtual Summit

Mother Honestly

Remote Future Summit

Entrepreneur's Organization | EO Impact Day

Denver Startup Week

Fortune | Black Mothers in the Workplace

The Information | 2020 WTF Summit

History Colorado

Google's Annual Women's Summit


Collision Conference at Home


University of Denver


YWCA | Economic RecovHERy

TechStars Foundercon 

Bold Women. Change History. The Summit.

The Hill | Work Redefined

G7 | Women's Forum

The Women's Foundation of Colorado



Globe Women | 2020 Colloquium On Global Diversity

2019 + Earlier


The AI Summit | New York

Web Summit | Lisbon

Harvest Summit

ScaleUp Summit

Biennial of the Americas

Center for Talent Innovation

The Atlantic Festival

weVenture | Impact Summit

Bloomberg Live | Breakaway CEO Summit

Wall Street Journal’s Future of Work: London

Boulder Startup Week

Watermark Innovation Conference

ASU GSV Summit

Bloomberg Equality Summit 

University of San Francisco | Women in Leadership & Philantropy Spring Symposium

Edelman | The Trust Divide

Colorado Springs International Women's Day

SaaStr Annual 

Culturati Summit

CES, P&G Myths Holding Female Entrepreneurs Back

 The Atlantic’s Future of Work

2018 Cisco Live


ICA Cristo Rey Academy

Salesforce’s Dreamforce

Cherwell Global Conference

Techstars Impact Austin

Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce

The HR100 Annual Summit

Microsoft Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging 

WFF Executive Summit

Ciena Cares

Johnson & Johnson, Annual Leadership Forum at Silver Bay

Salesforce, Enhanced Us


GlobalMindED 2018

Microsoft | Keynote for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Event

Boulder Economic Summit

Rise Together Women's Conference

Leadership California | The Legacy of Leadership Awards

Salesforce Accelerate Program

CU Leeds Wild Summit

SendGrid Diversity Week

University of San Francisco, Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Spring Symposium

ACG San Francisco

Evoso Live


General Assembly

Salesforce Accelerate Launch Party & Industry Panel

Extraordinary Women Connect | The Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women


“Katica Roy was an expert in describing both quantitative and qualitative factors that conspire to create a lack of pay equity amongst the sexes in today’s workplace. Katica was smart, direct, and engaging. It was inspiring to witness.” 

-Pete Casillas
Vice President/Local Markets at American City Business Journals

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“Given her background as an executive and data scientist, Pipeline’s founder, Katica Roy is uniquely positioned to lead the company to success in resolving the gender equity gap and capitalizing on this underutilized capacity.” 

-Julie Tschida-Brown
Chief People and Culture Officer at Zayo Group

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“Katica possesses deep knowledge and credibility on gender equality and does more than just present the facts, she enlightens and inspires for change. It was a presentation that will not be forgotten and should be a prerequisite for any new or existing company looking to better their culture or grow their bottom line." 

-Shelby Carlson
COO & Co-Founder AdCellerant

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