C-News—April 2012





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April 2012, Volume 5 Issue 3 

Special 50th Anniversary Edition

This special edition of C- News gives you the inside scoop on the exhilarating and historic series of events that kicked off Catalyst's 50th anniversary celebration in New York on March 28-29 at The Waldorf=Astoria, and outlines new and exciting programs and initiatives that will extend the celebration into the future and around the globe. Visit our website for more photos and videos of all the events.

2012 Catalyst Awards Conference

Award Logo The sold-out 2012 Catalyst Awards Conference, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Walmart, spanned two days and featured insightful sessions on topics such as: what the future holds for working women and their impact on society; the positive correlation between diverse leadership and corporate social responsibility efforts; the progress of diverse women working around the world; and the resurgence of employee resource groups. Attendees visited the Catalyst Museum as well as participated in impactful networking sessions. They also learned about three new online communities designed to change the way people view women, men, and how they view themselves; met with the leaders of the 2012 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives; and lunched with powerful executives in business and media.

MARC: Men Advocating Real Change

MARCMARC, the only online community created especially for men committed to making change in the workplace, was the first initiative unveiled at the Conference. Men have a lot to gain from equality, but they've often been left out of the conversation—until now. MARC empowers men (and women) to engage in candid conversations about gender and its impact in the workplace, and how to lead change through member-generated advice, insights, and best practices. We encourage you and your male colleagues to visit the site, spread the word, get to know our bloggers, and join the movement to make change.

Get Even

Get EvenIn another bold initiative, Catalyst has teamed up with The White House Project and the National Council for Research on Women to announce Get Even, a movement to help women gain equality in all facets of work, life, politics and beyond. How is it that nearly 50 years after Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, women still lag in pay, leadership and opportunity? The lack of equality between men and women remains real, yet many people don't even realize it's still a problem. When women and girls Get Even, everyone around them thrives. Find out how you can add your voice and pledge to Get Even.

"Women need to take the stage. Speak up and remember you can do more than learn, you can contribute."
– Herminia Ibarra, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD; Session: The Portrayal of Women and Its Impact on Society

I Am A Catalyst

I Am A CatalystA Catalyst is dedicated to making change for women and the workplace. You understand that when workplaces embrace all leadership talent—regardless of gender—that businesses, society, and lives change for the better. With this new Catalyst initiative, you can record and share your video telling us why you are a Catalyst. Understand that you are making a difference. You are making change happen. You are a Catalyst. Share your story and record your video now.

2012 Catalyst Award-Winning Initiatives

Commonwealth Bank of Australia—Opening the Door for Gender Diversity
This initiative seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions through a variety of strategies and programs aimed at breaking down barriers women and diverse populations often face in the workplace. CBA demonstrated its commitment to gender diversity by setting the first public target in Australian financial services for women's representation at senior levels. One of the takeaways from the plenary sessions came from Tristan Wills, Executive General Manager, Corporate Sustainability, who advised that in order to keep your awareness raised around unconscious biases, remove the names and gender identifiers from resumes to ensure equal assessment during hiring.

Sodexo—Making Every Day Count: Driving Business Success Through the Employee Experience
Taking a top-down, bottom-up, middle-out strategy, this initiative drives diversity and inclusion, informs diversity strategies, engages employees across levels and functions, and influences client employees. With a strategic focus on the business case and how diversity can drive employee engagement and business development, Sodexo's diversity efforts have developed from a compliance framework to a strategic business imperative embedded in the fabric of the culture. Patty LaMothe, District Manager, Sodexo Health Care, reminded us that it is not possible to be truly gender blind, but you can look for people who are leaders based on qualities they have and therefore find the best people for the job.

The Portrayal of Women and Its Impact on Society

During lunch on March 28, Debbie Soon, SVP, Strategy & Marketing, Catalyst, sat down with Supermodel, Mom, Entrepreneur and Author, Emme; Susan Cartsonis, Producer, Storefront films; Mike Devlin, EVP, Creative Director, Draftfcb Healthcare; and Herminia Ibarra, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD, to talk about the continued equality disparity in the workplace and the pervasive stereotypes that still surround women's appearance, behavior, earnings, and roles. Since the 1950s, have things really changed for women?

There is a stigma about trying to fit into this box, and if you aren’t in that box, you don’t fit in. We have to help our daughters.”
– Emme, Supermodel, Entrepreneur, Mom and Author

Founders Reception

The Founders Reception was a unique gathering of people who have played a major role in creating Catalyst's history, including current and former Catalyst Presidents and Board members, representatives of past Catalyst Award-winning organizations, significant supporters and donors, as well as other people who have helped Catalyst expand opportunities for women and business since 1962. Our speakers inspired a recommitment to being Catalysts, and New York City Deputy Mayor Carol Robles-Roman was on hand to present a mayoral proclamation calling March 28 Catalyst Day. The Reception was sponsored by General Motors Company and IBM Corporation.

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves

In a first, two sisters are current CEOs of major U.S. companies. At lunch on March 29, Denise Morrison, President & Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Soup Company, and Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Communications, sat down with Ilene H. Lang to discuss Redefining the Mommy Track. In a surprise to the audience, they were joined by their children for an engaging panel on work-life effectiveness. When asked the age-old question, "Can women have it all?" Denise answered, "I think you can have it all, just not all at once." In other words, redefine your goals and what success means to you, and you can achieve everything you want.

The 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner

Our celebrations culminated with the Catalyst Awards Dinner, which was chaired by James S. Turley, Catalyst Board Chair, and Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young. He was joined by the CEOs of Catalyst Award-winning organizations and more than 2,000 corporate leaders at the biggest dinner yet, sponsored by PepsiCo, Inc., and Shell Oil Company. With so many attendees, we filled both the Grand Ballroom—all tiers packed—and the Starlight Roof. A live video feed connected the rooms and guests had fun celebrating together and toasting Catalyst's historic legacy and its future. In addition to celebrating the 2012 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives, we commemorated Catalyst's founding in 1962 and the important work that has been accomplished in the last 50 years. The night was a spectacular gala for champions of women's leadership and showed that we are all Catalysts.

Watch the 2012 Catalyst Dinner Video, sponsored by Toyota and Draftfcb

The overarching message of the celebration—"I Am A Catalyst"—was firmly embedded in the hearts and minds of guests, speakers, sponsors, and attendees. True to the nature of diversity itself, there are many ways to express the notion that we all have the capacity to make a difference. We can all change workplaces, and change lives. We will continue to show stakeholders how they are all catalysts throughout the year in other events around the world, such as our Catalyst India celebration on April 30, the Catalyst Europe CEO Summit on June 7, and The Catalyst Canada Honours on November 5. We are fortunate to be part of a community—including you(!)—dedicated to creating a world of fairness and equity. We are all Catalysts.


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