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. 

For more than 20 years, the Catalyst Awards Conference has brought together experts from around the world to share knowledge and shape the dialogue about inclusive leadership and other critical factors related to women and workplaces around the world. This gathering of experts is one of the strongest communities of change, shaping the global dialogue and individual organizational diversity and inclusion strategies in accordance with Catalyst's Vision: Changing workplaces. Changing lives. 

Making Change Happen. There is no better time for this year's theme. We have witnessed the desire for significant change for decades. We have seen forward movement, but it is slower than we all anticipated and what we all deserve. The 2014 Catalyst Awards Conference was designed to ignite change through a variety of avenues:

Inspired Initiatives: Organizations Making Change Happen
The event showcased Award-winning initiatives with proven, measurable results that promote the recruitment, development, and professional advancement of all women. This year two initiatives will be featured that have proven that meaningful change is possible:  

Inspired Leadership: Individuals Making Change Happen
Deborah Gillis, President & CEO Catalyst, chats with Rosalind G. Brewer, President & CEO, Sam's Club, about her professional journey to the C-Suite.

Inspired Learning: Collaborations Making Change Happen
Learning Labs were designed to deliver practical advice that can be adapted to make change in any organization, at any stage of the diversity and inclusion journey. 

  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Jump-Starting Change
  • Developing Boardroom and C-Suite Leadership 
  • Next-Level Practices

Inspired Stories: Making Change Happen Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Rhodes Scholar and the first African-American to win an Olympic or Paralympic skiing medal, Bonnie St. John shared her inspirational story, provided career advice, and inspired the game-changers in the room.

Catalyst's Michael J. Chamberlain and Emily V. Troiano served as co-hosts.


Catalyst Awards Conference Retrospectives