United States

Connecting Communities That Count

Catalyst works with over 300 U.S. members to champion women’s professional advancement by sponsoring cutting-edge events and equipping women with the resources they need to succeed in today’s workplace.

We are proud to offer events throughout the United States that connect and engage our members on a range of topics that will inspire action. Check out upcoming webinars and roundtable discussions in the sidebar to the right. We also host larger events including:

  • CEO Summit: The 2013 Catalyst CEO Summit brought together global business leaders to discuss approaches to improving gender diversity on boards. CEOs and board directors shared their insights, tapping the collective experience of participants to proactively uncover solutions and actions. The discussion focused on the primary challenges to women being selected for board seats and how to create an inclusive board. Ultimately, the event strived to create a community of change agents.

  • Catalyst Awards Dinner: On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, nearly 1,600 guests, including CEOs and other leading executives from top corporations and professional firms, gathered at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City for the annual Catalyst Awards Dinner. The 2014 Dinner was a special celebration, Co-Chaired by Ilene H. Lang, Retired President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst, and Peter Voser, Retired Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc and Chair, Catalyst Board of Directors. The event also featured remarks by the CEOs of companies with 2014 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives, Kimberly Clark and Lockheed Martin and other distinguished speakers. The 2014 Catalyst Awards Dinner was sponsored by Alcoa Foundation and Shell Oil Company. The Board Reception was sponsored by The Home Depot, Inc. and General Motors Company.

  • Catalyst Awards Conference: The 2014 Catalyst Awards Conference—Making Change Happen—was held at the Waldorf Astoria on April 2, 2014, in New York City. The event showcased Award-winning initiatives with proven, measurable results that promote the recruitment, development, and professional advancement of all women.

We Know Women…and Men

At Catalyst, we have differentiated ourselves from other organizations by producing research not conducted elsewhere:

  • The Catalyst Census has tracked the progress of women board directors and executive officers in the Fortune 500 since 1995. This data enables us and others to verify the ongoing leadership gap and lost opportunities in the nation’s most powerful businesses.

  • Catalyst has also been a leader on issues related to women of color, and we continue our cutting edge work to understand the unique challenges women of color face in the workplace.

We also focus on initiatives that aim to drive diversity and inclusion. Currently our #MenWhoGetIt and #IAmACatalyst campaigns are being supported with research, vlogs, blogs and strong social media presence. Tell us why you are a Catalyst and find out why it’s vital to get men involved in the conversation.

Spanning the States

Because of Catalyst’s commitment to recruiting and retaining the best talent, Catalyst employees can be found all over the United States. In addition to working in our New York City headquarters, which is Catalyst’s largest physical office, and an office in Sunnyvale, California, Catalyst employees also work virtually from Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Columbus, among other cities.

About Catalyst in the United States

Catalyst was established in the United States in 1962 by Felice N. Schwartz, a passionate activist who believed that women were an untapped resource who could help meet the United States’ growing labor shortage. Now, we are the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business.