Diverse Voices

Get to know Catherine!

Catherine firmly believes in the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. She tells us why.

Who are you and what do you do at Macmillan?

I am Catherine Bogin (she / her) and I am the Senior Manager of Global Anti-Piracy operations for Macmillan Trade and Macmillan Learning. I oversee our daily enforcement operations, conduct piracy investigations, liaison with our vendor to protect Macmillan’s content, and participate in policy groups in the US, UK, and EU.

From your perspective, why is it important for a company to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in its operations and culture?

I believe everyone deserves to be treated with respect and have the opportunity to thrive at work. Prioritizing DEI increases creativity, innovation, morale, and improves decision making. Hiring, and publishing, diverse voices is good for business but it also creates a better world for all of us to work in, live in, and raise generations to come. It’s important for me to work at a company that is actively working on these goals.

Can you share a story about a time when you felt your unique perspective or background was valued and celebrated within Macmillan?

I’m part of Macmillan’s LGBTQIA+ ERG and through our work we have been able to advocate for the ability to display pronouns on various business systems. We were able to advocate with HR to expand the ability for employees to self identify, change their pronouns and/or names in work software and systems. This is a big change from when I started working at Macmillan in 2014. I hope it helps make our company a more welcoming place for LGBTQIA+ employees.

What support does Macmillan provide to ensure all employees have an equal opportunity to grow and succeed?

We have many active ERGs that organize events, book clubs, and panel discussions around DEI topics. Our training group has produced some wonderful materials for employees. One of my favorites was Transplaining. Company wide we have access to chat channels and events that celebrate everyone.

Who/what empowers you?

There are so many people who empower me. Here is a short list of some inspiring women I’m reading or listening to right now:

Mona Eltahawy

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

Amanda Gorman

Call Us What We Carry

Rachel Cargle

A Renaissance of Our Own

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