C-News—August 2010

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August 26, 2010
Webinar: Work-Life Effectiveness

October 6, 2010
The Catalyst Canada Honours, Toronto

March 29, 2011
Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner, New York

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August 2010, Volume 2 Issue 6

C What's Happening

And the Honours Go To…

Ed Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Financial Group; Colleen Sidford, Vice President, Treasurer, Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG); and Sylvia Chrominska, Group Head, Global Human Resources and Communications, Scotiabank. These leaders are the inaugural recipients of The Catalyst Canada Honours, which recognizes individual commitment to advancing women in business. Catalyst Canada announced the winners on July 15, 2010, and will celebrate at a dinner on October 6, 2010, that also marks its 10th anniversary. Reserve your table today.

Working at Work-Life

It’s the dog days. You’ve got kids on your hands while deadlines loom at the office. No kids? Maybe you’re angling for a few days off, but again, those deadlines. Small wonder why creating a great place to work is so important. Members can learn how at a webinar on August 26, 2010, with presenters Jennifer Kohler, Senior Associate, Advisory Services; Laura Sabattini, Ph.D., Director, Research; and Amber Schmidt, Associate, Western Region. Register online.

Supporting Members in Real-Time

You want advice, we’ve got answers. Catalyst Europe AG now offers ad-hoc support, addressing members’ need for immediate and tailored advice. No topic is off-limits, no size or scope too small. These Strategic Focused Interventions (SFIs) are distinct from most of our consulting work, which is priced by project. For more information, email [email protected].

Ninety Years of Being Heard

On August 26, 1920, Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, extending the right to vote to women. Since 1971, when legislation was introduced by feminist Bella Abzug, the day has been declared Women’s Equality Day. Use the Catalyst Member Activities Planner (MAP) to keep current on important Diversity & Inclusion Dates.

In Case You Missed the Debut

Catalyst Member Benchmarking Virtual Roundtables focus on a specific topic related to benchmarking diversity and aim to build community among individuals from member organizations. The first of these one-hour webinars, on Metrics and Accountability, was held June 10, 2010. The audio recordings and supplemental information are available to members on our website. The next Virtual Roundtable occurs in November.

Catalyst Connects

The first in a new series of Catalyst Connects events will be held in Montreal on September 15, 2010. This series pairs women, considered by their employers to have the potential to advance, with women speakers who hold senior positions at their companies or firms. Inquire at [email protected].

As We C It

Men and the Media

In Catalyzing, Ilene described how women are the key to solving the world’s problems. “What’s good for women is good for the world,” she wrote. Also this month, Ilene challenged men to stop fearing equality and criticized some media outlets for depicting women as mere risk-averse cleaner-uppers. “Is cleaning up a leadership trait?” asked Ilene. “I don’t think so.”

On Leadership and Diversity

In Catalyst CanCon, Deborah Gillis, Vice President, North America, used the announcement of The Catalyst Canada Honours champions to ponder the qualities of leaders, especially their role in encouraging change in the careers and lives of others. Earlier, Deborah had written about the continuing barriers faced by visible minorities, especially women, and some of the reasons we need to overcome them.

Getting to the CORE

As Europe broadens its discussion of the effectiveness of quotas for women on corporate boards, metrics are quickly changing the way organizations think about accountability. Companies are weighing the consequences of non-compliance with the benefits of compliance, and metrics, no matter what their origin, are being examined more carefully than before.

Tweet of the Month

Flexible work has completely changed the way we work today—and not just for women. http://bit.ly/bqkgVi

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