Europe

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Putting Catalyst’s leading-edge research into practice, Catalyst Europe’s team of diversity and inclusion experts collaborates with member organisations to co-create effective, executable solutions and practices to deliver sustainable culture change in workplaces throughout Europe.

Some of the many topic areas in which member organisations can benefit from the Catalyst Europe team’s expertise include: 

  • Inclusive Leadership and Culture

  • Unconscious Bias

  • Flexible Work Arrangements

  • Employee Resource Groups

  • Mentoring and Sponsorship

  • Engaging Men as Change Agents

How? Catalyst Europe’s experts are available to provide dynamic support and developmental opportunities through workshops, master classes, speaking and consulting engagements, insight sessions, and team/leadership meeting facilitation, among others, depending on your organisation’s needs and goals.

Upcoming and recent opportunities include:

  • Real Solutions Consulting Workshop: Developing a Diversity & Inclusion Strategy for Sustainable Cultural Change—This workshop for business line leaders, human resources and diversity and inclusion practitioners, and employee resource group leaders will be offered in Frankfurt (4 March), Zurich (5 March), and Stockholm (6 March). Participants will have the opportunity to begin building or refining their organisation’s existing strategic framework for diversity and inclusion initiatives to link them to organisational objectives, such as business goals, values, and brand identity.

  • Include All Conference—Catalyst Europe Executive Director Allyson Zimmermann presented on inclusive leadership at the recent Include All Conference in Slovenia, which was co-sponsored by the Managers’ Association of Slovenia and the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of Slovenia. Her well-received presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session, during which Zimmermann answered audience questions on specific steps leaders can and should take to encourage diverse talent.

Europe’s High-Potential Women: Underutilized Talent

According to Catalyst research, high-potential women working in Europe trail their male counterparts in pay and position, earning approximately €36K less after five years in their field and holding far fewer of the top jobs than men—despite women and men being equally qualified and having equal experience and professional aspirations. This “inequality among equals” restricts women to the lower rungs of the corporate ladder where they miss out on the juicy assignments necessary for career advancement.

Disrupting the Default

Are you ready to stand up for more inclusive workplaces where everyone can reach their full potential? Then take the pledge to disrupt the default. As part of Catalyst's global #DisrupttheDefault campaign, we're calling on individuals and organisations in Europe’s business places to take practical steps to change the status quo so women and men can advance equally in the workplace. It’s time to shake up the way we think, speak, and act—time to make bold moves that will forge meaningful change for women and men in the workplace and the world. Follow us on Twitter for ideas on how you can help disrupt the default on everything from the pay gap and work-life effectiveness to sexism and stereotypes in the workplace.

Women Board Directors: A Ways to Go to Reach Parity

Intense public debate about board diversity has galvanized activity on gender diversity across Europe, and European journalists were quick to take notice of the 2014 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors, which for the first time in its history includes global data on the status of women on boards. In interviews with publications across Europe, including the Financial Times, Volkskrant, Forbes and Womanthology, Catalyst Europe Executive Director Allyson Zimmermann and Catalyst Europe Director Sandra Ondraschek-Norris made the point that with women holding a low of 7.9% (Portugal) to a relative high of 35.5% (Norway) of board seats at European stock index companies, it’s clear that women in Europe have a ways to go before achieving parity with men in the top ranks of Europe’s leading organisations.  Companies are “now recognising the urgency of leveraging all talent from a business perspective,” Zimmermann said. “It’s not about ‘doing the right thing’ or showing equity. It’s a business imperative.”

About Catalyst Europe 

Catalyst Europe was founded in 2006 to provide Europe-specific, creative solutions promoting organizational inclusion and workplace innovation. From its thought-provoking events to discussions with individual members, Catalyst Europe brings fact-based, culturally relevant insight to every exchange.