Diversity Matters

Leverage Diversity to be More Successful

Increasing diversity and inclusion in organizations is not about “doing the right thing”—it is essential to the success of organizations. Catalyst helps organizations build the business case for diversity and inclusion, starting with Why Diversity Matters, which summarizes the current research on how diversity affects businesses and leadership.

Culture Matters

Often, employees feel like outsiders or “others” in the workplace even if it is not obvious to you or others on your team. Catalyst’s report Feeling Different: Being the Other in US Workplaces examines the experience of otherness in the US workplace. By listening to the unique experiences of diverse employees and adopting inclusive approaches to talent management, organizations can truly empower and tap into their employees and benefit their business.

But diversity is not exclusive to the US. Our infographic shows the ripple effect and impact women have on the world economy. The economic empowerment of women can improve a country’s growth and stability, shrinking labor forces, and contributing to economic development.

Diversity Isn’t Always About Color

Two recent Catalyzing blog posts discuss how women in India and Japan can and should be added to the workforce in order to bolster the economy and talent pool.

But Color Is Definitely Part of the Picture

Discussions of otherness and inclusion must involve women of color, including African-American women, Latinas, and Asian women, who will make up 53% of the female population of the United States by 2050.

On March 26 and 27, Catalyst hosted its first-ever Women of Color Summit. The event convened global thought leaders in academia, business, and policy to share ideas and solutions for advancing women of color, visible minority women, and indigenous women in the workplace. The two-day Summit provided an opportunity to tap into the best of our collective knowledge and experience to dispel misconceptions about the roadblocks to change, build on bright spots, and set a vision and agenda for future research and solutions that work in the 21st-century workplace and beyond. Catalyst intends to use insights and lessons learned to further the dialogue, devise a new research agenda, and ultimately expand opportunities for women of color in business.

Download some of our latest Women of Color knowledge products for more detail:

Click here for a full resource listing and highlights of Catalyst work focused on women of color.


Sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression—not to be confused with sexual activity or behavior—are personal characteristics that everyone has. Including LGBTQI employees is a vital component of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy.  Find out how to better recruit, retain, develop, and advance LGBTQI employees to help your organization compete effectively for talent, minimize attrition costs, and better access LGBTQI consumer markets.

Using these reports and tools, organizations can move discourse beyond anti-discrimination policies to everyday issues facing LGBTQI employees:

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Outside the Organization

The reputation of an organization is determined by its actions within its communities as much as it is by operations among employees. Catalyst's report Gender and Corporate Social Responsibility: It’s A Matter of Sustainability found that gender-inclusive leadership and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are linked, leading to sustainable big wins for companies and society.