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. Get the RSS feed.

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    Barriers Remain for Women of Color in the United States

    As someone who cares deeply about the career prospects and overall well-being of women of color, I’m frustrated that US businesses routinely overlook this vital demographic. As a group, “women of color” includes African-American women, Latinas, and Asian women—and, according to a recent...

    January 20, 2014 by Katherine Giscombe, PhD

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    Stand Out, Without Being Left Out

    A few weeks ago we found ourselves stopping for an after-work drink at a holiday happy hour in a local bar near our Wall Street office. As we mingled, we were asked the typical “So, what do you do?” While for many, this question might feel like a throwaway line, for us it carries a bit of weight....

    January 16, 2014 by Alixandra Pollack, Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon

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    In India, Women in Tech Start Strong—Then Hit Barriers

    Stand at the entrance to one of India’s many technology company campuses or development centers at 8:30 a.m. on a weekday and watch the sea of humanity wash past you to get a sense of the size and impact of India’s technology sector. Employing millions of people and contributing a large...

    January 15, 2014 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

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    Let’s change our language

    I was thrilled to be named a Catalyst Canada Honours Champion for 2013. Catalyst Canada does an amazing job of truly inspiring corporate Canada, and once again there was a huge A-list audience in attendance at the Catalyst Canada Honours dinner. The audience was clearly engaged and perhaps...

    January 9, 2014 by Colleen Johnston

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    When Women Dream Big, Men Win

    When I was in my twenties, people laughed when I told them that my husband would split everything with me 50-50, including housework. I saw judgment in their eyes when I said that I wasn’t going to stay home after having children—and even more judgment when I said that I wasn’t going to have...

    January 7, 2014 by Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon

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    A New Year—and a New Era for Women in Business

    Each new year brings the gift of a fresh start. For me, it’s always been a hopeful time, when anything and everything feels possible. So, as I begin my tenure as Catalyst’s new CEO, I want to share with you my most cherished hopes for 2014. I have a tough act to follow. Ilene Lang has been a...

    January 2, 2014 by Deborah Gillis

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    Happy Holidays From Catalyst!

    Thank you for working with us toward another year of significant change for women and the workplace.

    Together, we are all Catalysts!

    December 24, 2013 by Catalyst

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    Catalyst Board Names Ilene H. Lang Honorary Director of the Catalyst Board of Directors

    The following tribute was presented by Catalyst’s Board of Directors to our President & CEO, Ilene H. Lang, at the Catalyst CEO Summit on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Ilene will step down on January 1, 2014. Deborah Gillis, Catalyst’s Chief Operating Officer, will succeed her....

    December 19, 2013 by Catalyst

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    Does Boardroom Diversity Matter to Young Women? In a Word: Yes!

    As a millennial working to achieve diversity on corporate boards, I often have to explain to my peers not just what my job is, exactly, but also why it exists. Most twenty-somethings don’t fully understand the corporate structure where they work, let alone know what percentage of US board seats...

    December 16, 2013 by Kerry Goodenow

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    Men Who Get It: Stepping Out to Success

    Want to climb the ladder to professional success? Try stepping outside of your comfort zone! As Doug Conant, retired President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company, once advised Campbell’s current CEO, Denise Morrison: “You’ve got to get out if you hope to get up…” His advice worked for Ms. Morrison: “I...

    December 12, 2013 by Doug Conant