C-News—April 2011

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April 4-6, 2011
Women in the Economy Conference

April 5, 2011
Panel: Engaging Men

April 12, 2011
Women's Leadership Conference

April 14-16, 2011
Making Mentoring Work

April 19, 2011
Bay Area Member Roundtable

April 27, 2011
Learning Hub: Berlin

April 28, 2011
Women’s Power Summit

May 10, 2011
Learning Hub: Paris

June 14, 2011
Regional Symposium: The Hague


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April 2011, Volume 3 Issue 3 

C What's Happening

Sponsor a Table at The Catalyst Canada Honours in 2011

The second celebration of The Catalyst Canada Honours will be here before you know it. This year’s event, held at The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, on October 18, celebrates the achievements of three senior leaders in the business community who have made a personal commitment in their careers to the advancement of women. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available—please contact us to find out more.

Taking a Stand for Women in India

Catalyst continues to establish a presence in India, launching our second research report, the 2010 India Benchmarking Report with a well-attended event in Mumbai, hosted by IBM. Catalyst’s own Nancy Carter, Senior Vice President, Research, & Visiting Scholar, INSEAD; Deepali Bagati, Senior Advisor (Independent Consultant), Mumbai; and Chandrasekhar Sripada, Vice President and Head, HR, IBM India and South Asia, were some of the featured speakers. The report received significant media attention and was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Economic Times, The Times of India, Financial Times, and other publications. American Express hosted our first roundtable on Women’s Leadership and Advancement in India Inc. in Delhi, which was attended by representatives from ten companies. Lastly, we launched the Catalyst India Benchmarking Tool, allowing participating companies to have online, customizable access to the findings.

Recapping the 2011 Catalyst Awards Events

More than 1,600 business leaders, including 70 CEOs, gathered at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York on March 29, 2011, as Catalyst celebrated this year's three Award-winning initiatives at our Awards Dinner. Ursula M. Burns, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation, served as Dinner Chair and the awards went to initiatives from Kaiser Permanente, McDonald's Corporation, and Time Warner Inc. The initiatives were presented that same day at the sold-out Awards Conference. Learn how to apply for the Catalyst Award in 2012 and save the date for next year’s events taking place on March 28-29, coinciding with Catalyst’s 50th anniversary.

Investing in the Future

April 28 marks the 18th annual celebration of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day®. This important day is “designed to be more than a career day…going beyond the average ‘shadow’ an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent…does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.”

No Barriers, Just Accolades

The video that Catalyst showed at The Catalyst Canada Honours last year,“Barriers,” will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May as part of ACT Responsible’s exhibition. ACT (Advertising Community Together) Responsible is a nonprofit association based in Switzerland whose goal is to federate, promote, and inspire responsible communication on sustainability, equitable development, and social responsibility. The video was also featured in DraftFCB’s annual “Year in Review” report, which only highlights one creative piece per country. Congratulations to all who worked on this inspiring video.

Engaging & Retaining Women: Critiques & Reinvention

On June 14, Catalyst Europe AG will present a full day of conversation about how to attract and retain women in business. This Regional Symposium in The Hague, sponsored by Shell International BV, utilizes the latest Catalyst research on pressing topics, including workplace engagement, the unwritten rules of the workplace, and the importance of aligning personal and professional values. Participants will leave with a fresh perspective and concrete tools to see through the complexity of managing talent today and, importantly, create immediate change at home.

Is Sponsorship a Prerequisite to Drive Career Advancement?

Women have made great strides in education in recent decades, yet the pay and leadership gaps persist. Women who make the same career choices that men make may not end up with the same earnings. Catalyst’s Jan Combopiano, Vice President & Chief Knowledge Officer, and Michael J. Chamberlain, Senior Director, Brand Management and Events, will present at The Conference Board’s Women’s Leadership Conference, April 12-13. This session touches on how leading companies are implementing sponsorship programs to enable high-potential women to advance to senior positions and ties into Equal Pay Day on April 12. Register here.

The Catalyst Census: Israel

Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang went to Israel in March to kick off our first Israeli Census developed and produced by our Census partner, the Israel Women’s Network, and sponsored through the generosity of the Strauss Group. Ms. Lang spoke at four functions, including a conference sponsored by The Marker and at the invitation of the United States embassy, addressing business leaders, NGO leaders, and women’s groups from diverse backgrounds. Women comprise nearly one-half of Israel's workforce, but hold only 30 percent of managerial positions. After her trip, Ms. Lang reflected, “I’ve…learned a lot about poignant D&I challenges in Israeli society. The openness and candor about tackling the issues is impressive.”

The Learning Hub Finds a Home in Europe

Catalyst Europe is pleased to announce its third and fourth installments of the Learning Hub series on April 27 in Berlin and May 10 in Paris. Learning Hub participants take part in discussions surrounding the changing landscape of quotas and the process of expanding employee resource groups. Special thanks to our generous sponsors, Deutsche Bank and Merck, Sharp & Dohme. Register early as seating is limited.

Engaging Men in Europe

Pascale Sewabeats, Ambassador for Catalyst Europe, was recently the keynote speaker in Paris at the ORSE (Watchdog of the Social Responsibility of Businesses) conference titled Involving Men in Company Policies of Equality. The session, under the support of the European Union, included distribution, for the first time, of Catalyst research Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives in French, as well as a study by the ORSE that examined the role of men in the measures governing the division of time between professional and parental responsibilities.

As We C It

Celebrating Women, One Step at a Time

In Catalyzing, Ilene marked the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day by discussing the notion that “what’s measured, gets done.” Central to Catalyst’s first Israel Census, the 2010 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Senior Officers and Top Earners, and the 2010 India Benchmarking Report is the belief that you can’t fix what you can’t see. “Precise counts of the number of women in business leadership allow us to take stock of how far we’ve come—and how far we need to go—to hit parity in the workplace.”

War Over? Not Yet!

The release of the 2010 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Senior Officers and Top Earners caused waves in the media across Canada last month. In CanCon, Deborah Gillis, Senior Vice President, Membership & Global Operations, said, “In my five years with Catalyst, I don’t remember such strong media response to our work. But neither do I recall being so frustrated by the level of understanding of the barriers that still block career advancement for many Canadian women. Pointing to advances women have made is good—it’s the encouragement we all need to keep going. But we can’t ignore the lack of equity at the top.”

Digging Beneath the Lingo

Catalyst Europe has been working with select member organizations to delve into two popular topics: change management and social networks. In this month’s CORE, we examine how the development of concrete change management skills for middle managers is in high demand. Social networks are also being evaluated to gauge their role in creating inclusive work environments. For more information on Catalyst Europe Strategic Focused Interventions (SFI)—expert advice in real time—please contact us.

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