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November 2012, Volume 5 Issue 10

A Note About Hurricane Sandy

Millions of people continue to be affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, including Catalyst employees and many of you—our members. Catalyst's New York office is still without power, causing disruptions to our phone and email systems around the world. We are doing our best to stay connected to our members. Please bear with us as we try to get back to normal and join us in being thankful for the safety of friends, family and loved ones.

To reach us, please email [email protected] and include the name of the person you would like to contact. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.


C What's Happening

Nominate a Champion for The Catalyst Canada Honours - 2013

Now that the 2012 Catalyst Canada Honours are complete, with champions being lauded on Monday, November 5, in Toronto, nominations are open for The Catalyst Canada Honours 2013 Champions. If you know a Canadian business leader who is making positive change in the workplace and advocating for women’s advancement, we want to hear from you! Find out how to apply with our webinar on December 4 featuring The Catalyst Canada Honours 2012 Human Resources/Diversity Leader Champion, Jane Allen, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Deloitte Canada. Stay tuned to the Catalyst Events Calendar for more details. You can also download the nomination form now.


Book Your Table Now for the 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner

Join nearly 1,600 guests, including CEOs and other leading executives from top corporations and professional firms, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, as they gather in the Grand Ballroom at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City for the Catalyst Awards Dinner, sponsored by General Motors Company and The Home Depot, Inc. Notable speakers include the 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner Chair, Denise Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company, Catalyst Board members, the CEOs of the companies awarded for their outstanding initiatives, and others. Shell Oil Company is the Board Reception sponsor. Patron Tables are already sold out and other levels are going quickly. Be a part of this incredible celebration by sponsoring a table today!

Hurricane Sandy Update: Each year, many of you prefer to contact us personally by phone or choose to send your sponsorship form in by fax. Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, neither option is currently available. Please contact us by email at [email protected] so we may assist you as quickly as possible.


Save the Date for the 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference

The 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference, a full-day event highlighting the 2013 Catalyst Award winners and Catalyst expertise will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York. The event is sponsored by Walmart, and Ursula Burns, Chair and CEO, Xerox Corporation, is the keynote speaker. Reserve your hotel room online. Conference registration will be available in January 2013.


Women Offered Fewer Career-Advancing “Hot Jobs”

Not all leadership opportunities are created equal. According to Good Intentions, Imperfect Execution? Women Get Fewer of the Hot Jobs Needed to Advance, a new Catalyst report, women get fewer of the high visibility, mission-critical roles and international experiences—the so-called “hot jobs”—that are key to getting ahead at global companies. Look out for the complete report tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14.

Welcome to Alex Johnston, Executive Director of Catalyst Canada

Catalyst is excited to announce the appointment of Alex Johnston as Executive Director of Catalyst Canada Inc. Alex comes to Catalyst with more than a decade of leadership experience in the public and private sectors. In her new position, she will be charged with shaping a strategy for Catalyst’s continued growth with its members that supports initiatives to advance gender equity in Canadian business. Read the complete press release.

Have Lunch with Condoleezza Rice – November 19

Connect with Catalyst as we sit down with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. This event, at the Rosewood Sand Hill Resort in Menlo Park, California, includes a keynote address from Ms. Rice as well as a networking session. Deborah M. Soon, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, Catalyst, and Mary Zimmer, Head, International Wealth Management – USA and Correspondent & Advisor Services, RBC Wealth Management, will also be in attendance. Interested parties can RSVP to Audrey Gallien, [email protected]. Space is extremely limited.

The Way Forward – Engaging Men in Diversity Initiatives – November 21

Catalyst research has shown men play a critical role in diversity and inclusion efforts, especially initiatives to eliminate gender bias. Join Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, Senior Vice President, Global Learning Strategies, and the Professional Women’s Network (PWN) in Milan on November 21, as she discusses the cultural forces that can undermine organizational efforts to fully engage men as champions of gender initiatives. All professional women, whether members of the PWN or guests, are welcome. Register here.

Women in Leadership: Paying it Forward - December 11

Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang and Debbie Storey, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer of AT&T, Inc., present on the State of Affairs of Women in Business. A senior executive panel discussion on women in leadership will follow. This Catalyst member event will be hosted by AT&T in Bedminster, NJ. Contact Martha Feeback for more information.


Virtual Events: Connecting Communities That Count…Wherever You Are

Catalyst webinars and podcasts are virtual opportunities for members to engage and learn from and with one another. Our next webinar is on November 29: Candice Morgan, Director, Advisory Services, and Sylvia Apostolidis, Senior Director, Member Services, lead a discussion on "Intent to Impact: Action Planning for Gender Diversity."

These events are complimentary to employees of member companies. Contact Jean Choi at +1 646 388 7766 or [email protected] for a full list of upcoming events or any questions, comments, and/or future webinar ideas you may have.


Catalyst Connects Montreal – November 28

Join Alex Johnston, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada, as she interviews Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young, and Marie-Josée Lamothe, Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Corporate Communications Officer, L’Oréal Canada. The women will discuss their experiences ascending to the tops of their professions and offer advice for the women in the room. This event will be conducted in French and is for Catalyst member organizations only. Inquire at [email protected].


Partner With Catalyst Europe

In 2013, Catalyst Europe will continue its high-caliber, participant-driven discussions among engaged professionals. Through Catalyst Europe Symposiums, Catalyst Connects, Live Q&A Webinars, Regional Learning Hubs, and Member Roundtables we are eager to involve and showcase the thoughtful and innovative insights of our members in a variety of ways. Please contact us for further information on new sponsorship opportunities.


Road Show Coming to Milan – November 14

Catalyst Europe is pleased to announce, after the success of the first two installments in London and Madrid, the third Sodexo Road Show in Milan. Join us as we delve into Catalyst longitudinal research on high-potential candidates and the concrete practices that led Sodexo to its 2012 Catalyst Award. Register via email.


Effective Women’s Networks in Amsterdam – December 18

Internal women’s networks develop under a wide variety of goals: reciprocal networking, support, theme-based learning, development, and others. Join Caroline Pickard, Catalyst Europe Ambassador to the Nordic Region, as she draws from 20 years of Catalyst experience of working with employee resource groups across a variety of industries and regions for a discussion surrounding women's networks and gender diversity in the Netherlands and Europe. Register via email.


Catalyst Inducted to Hall of Heroes

Catalyst is honored to have been inducted into the MBA Women International (MBAWI) Hall of Heroes along with only 10 other nonprofits based on our work with women and girls around the world and in recognition of Catalyst’s research. MBA Women International understands and appreciates the numerous corporations, academic institutions, organizations, and individuals who are doing great things around the world to better position women into leadership roles, the leadership pipeline, the C-suite and onto Boards of Directors. The first Hall of Heroes recognizes those who have made a significant impact to change the status quo. Read the full story…

As We C It


Making Women Worth More by Addressing the Pay Gap

When women are paid less—just because they are women—the implication is that they are worth less. This is why closing the gender pay gap is among the most important fronts in our fight for equality in the workplace and beyond. In Catalyzing, Ilene listed five statistics which show that the pay gap remains entrenched. Read more…


Changing Times, Changing Needs

In CanCon, Deborah Gillis wrote, “When Canadian families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, most of them will not consist of a mother, father and 2.5 children. According to Statistics Canada’s recent 2011 Census, our families come in all shapes and sizes. If we needed an argument for greater diversity at senior levels of business and government, we couldn’t have asked for a more powerful one than this. The best way to speak to and serve Canadians is to reflect their reality. Read more…


Catalyst Tweet of the Month

Jeanine is a Catalyst…are you? #IAmACatalyst http://ow.ly/eHltX


Men Advocating Real Change (MARC)

In the Land of Unconscious Privilege

Many of us think that learning more about diversity is a linear process. MARC blogger, Bill Proudman says he’s “found it to be a non-linear journey—sometimes taking a step back to revisit what I thought I’d already learned. My learning never ends, nor should it.” In his insightful post, Bill discusses a learning from years ago where he was reminded about the invisible privilege of being a white heterosexual guy with economic means. Read more…


Catalyst Making Headlines

October saw Catalyst research referenced the ongoing women on boards debate, female leaders paying it forward and the importance of sponsorship: Forbes, “To Get Ahead, Help Develop Others' Careers”; The Globe and Mail, “Not the End of Men, but a Cultural Shift”; Forbes, “Women Leading Women: Supporters or Saboteurs?”; The Hindu, “The Prejudice Continues”; Businessweek, “Ivy Leaders Thank One Man For Inspiring Women Presidents”;Diversity Executive, “Death of D&I Training? Don’t Think So”.

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