Catalyzing

Catalyzing is the Catalyst blog, bringing together and amplifying diverse voices that share Catalyst’s mission to expand opportunities for women and business. Catalyzing reflects the wide range of opinions, ideas, and experiences of Catalyst employees, incorporating perspectives from our offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. It also features non-Catalyst industry leaders, experts, and academics committed to changing workplaces and lives. 

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    Going Global

    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...

    March 16, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Taking Stock

    March 8 marks International Woman’s Day, a global celebration of women’s social, political and economic achievements. This year’s official theme, “Pathway to Decent Work for Women,” highlights the deep links between women’s economic empowerment and a safer, healthier, and more...

    March 8, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Getting It Done

    What’s measured gets done. After all, if you’re not tracking and measuring progress, how do you know how far you’ve come? Or how much further you need to go?

    These are the takeaways from the just-launched 2010 India Benchmarking Report. While 68 percent of companies surveyed have formal...

    March 4, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Mumbai Launch

    News about the talent crunch in India still dominates headlines, with analysts predicting a talent gap of more than 5 million people by 2012. Fortunately, there is a solution— one way to keep India’s staggering 7% annual GDP growth humming along.

    The answer: The women of India.

    These women...

    March 1, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    An academic paper claiming that women are underrepresented in the sciences because of the lifestyle choices they make is getting a lot of play in the media. The only problem: the authors push aside clear evidence that sexism and institutional biases are to blame. Read more about this...

    February 21, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Misrepresented

    You can’t be what you can’t see.

    That’s the takeaway message of a new documentary, Miss Representation, which premiered on Saturday in New York City. Featuring interviews with an array of female leaders—including Condoleezza Rice, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, and Jane Fonda, among others...

    February 16, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Guest Post: Setting Up Success

    Last month, my colleagues Jan Combopiano, Vice President & Chief Knowledge Officer, and Michael J. Chamberlain, Senior Director, Brand Management & Events, hosted a webinar on our latest research on the importance of sponsorship. The event was a tremendous success, with more than 1,500 people...

    February 9, 2011 by Jan Combopiano, Michael J. Chamberlain

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    Voices on Road to Equality

    One year ago, we launched Catalyzing with the belief that until women achieve parity in business leadership, we will be marginalized in every other arena. More than 70 blog posts and 65,000+ page views later, we’ve only scratched the surface.

    What gives me hope amid entrenched pay and leadershi...

    February 3, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    In European companies, face time still rules. While half of the women surveyed in our latest report, Unwritten Rules: Why Doing a Good Job Might Not Be Enough Europe, didn’t think working long hours was important, more than 83% said doing so was still key to advancement. “Workers may be told that...

    January 31, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    And the Winners Are...

    On March 18, 1976, Catalyst held our first-ever Awards Dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City to honor women board directors who supported Catalyst’s mission. Reflecting the mindset of the time, a 1979 New York Times article in the Family/Style section highlighted that year’s...

    January 25, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang