March 16, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang
Catalyst turns 50 next year—the big Five-0. Clicking through our multimedia Timeline last week while flying back from the Middle East, I was struck by how we’ve evolved as an organization.
In the beginning, we functioned largely as a career center supporting women one at a time as they tried to advance in the corporate world. In the 1980s, we recognized that the problem wasn’t the women—it was female-unfriendly workplaces. So we shifted our focus from “fixing the women” to “fixing the workplace.”
Over the past decade we have established offices in Silicon Valley, Toronto, and Zurich, and have forged close relationships with organizations in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Catalyst events now span the globe too—from Tel Aviv, to Toronto, to Mumbai, London, Oslo and beyond.
In many ways, Catalyst is now entering a third stage in our evolution. Empowering women is the key to economic growth and sustainable development. So today we’re not just fixing the workplace.
Now, we’re fixing the world!