Leading my first International Women’s Day in 1995 left a mark on me. I was in the railroad sector, with a small representation of women leaders. I gathered a group of women from all backgrounds and we exchanged stories to support one another. Many conversations revolved around the ‘the glass ceiling’ concept. I was 25 and realized then just what this day would symbolize for me in the future. I’m 52 today – I push hard every day, but even harder on this day to emphasize the power women have in the workplace and the change that’s still necessary to ensure we’re on the same level playing field as men, consistently. As Ruth Bader Ginsburg eloquently said: “Fight for the things that you care about but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Women of all backgrounds, and our allies, are instrumental in making us better.
Chief People Officer at 1Password
Katya Laviolette is the chief people officer at 1Password, where she doubled the fully remote workforce to nearly 900 employees in 2022, across five countries, and hit a record 83% offer-to-acceptance rate.
Katya believes that HR programs must be strategically aligned with business priorities and does so with a global mindset. She’s passionate about creating a positive work culture and has been recognized for her ability to influence and drive business innovation through both talent and organizational development.
Prior to joining 1Password, Katya held executive positions at SSENSE, TC Transcontinental, CBC/Radio-Canada, Rio Tinto, Bombardier Aerospace, and Canadian National Railway. She’s also a Board Director with Sanimax and Laps, two global organizations focused on the circular economy.
Katya is also a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (ORHRI), as well as a certified coach with Integral Coaching Canada. Katya is actively involved in her community, having served many years on the Board of Pour 3 Points (P3P), as well as mentoring women leaders within the Governance au Féminin organization.