Awards & Practices

Celebrating Leaders, Commitment, and Dedication

Catalyst celebrates the leadership, commitment, and dedication of individuals and organizations through its annual awards programs, recognition streams, and practices. Using rigorous research and selection processes, Catalyst evaluates individual champions and organizational initiatives that impact communities and workplaces around the world. By celebrating these individuals and initiatives, Catalyst inspires people and organizations around the world to continue to make meaningful change for women and business.

Catalyst Award

The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women. Since 1987, Catalyst has recognized 88 initiatives at 82 organizations from around the world. These groundbreaking diversity and inclusion programs have changed workplaces, communities, and lives.

The Catalyst Canada Honours

The Catalyst Canada Honours celebrates champions of women in Canadian business. Recognizing that what’s good for women is good for business, these exceptional individuals are personally and visibly committed to the advancement of women, and serve as powerful role models for Canadian corporate leaders.


Catalyst’s Practices are programs or strategies that support diversity and inclusion efforts and further the advancement of women and other diverse groups. While every organization’s culture is unique, these practices help Catalyst members and the greater business community learn how organizations, including Catalyst Award winners, have tackled a variety of diversity and inclusion and business challenges.