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December 2011, Volume 4 Issue 11 

C What's Happening

Change Starts at the Top

On December 1, Catalyst hosted its fourth CEO Summit in New York. To start the session, senior executives from across the globe were asked to envision how the career trajectory of a protégé would differ if the protégé were a different gender. Next they reflected on how gender has impacted their own career. This set the stage for a rich discussion on the barriers women face climbing to the top levels of leadership and the opportunities and strategies available to breaking them down. Armed with breakthrough solutions, participants committed to actions to advance women within their respective companies. The next CEO Summit takes place in Switzerland in June 2012. Stay tuned for further details.

Do you need a GPS to Navigate Your Office?

Discerning workplace culture and unwritten rules is a constant challenge for women and diverse employees. Catalyst is here to help. This month we'll release Navigating Organizational Cultures: A Guide for Diverse Women
and Their Managers
, which is designed to help individual diverse women navigate their workplaces and assess their own behavior to maximize the likelihood of succeeding in the workplace. Get ready to ride the road to success.

Get Them Before They're Gone!

Tables for the 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner and 50th Anniversary Celebration are selling quickly. Catalyst's 50th Anniversary Celebration and 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the prestigious Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. This special event will honor not only the 2012 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives, but also 50 years of Catalyst's work advancing women and business. Tables are located in both the Grand Ballroom and the Starlight Roof, with both locations featuring special guests and live broadcasts of all the evening's festivities. Don't wait. Reserve your table today.

Share Your Fortune 500 Census Thoughts in 140 characters or Less

Join Catalyst on December 14 at 12pm EST for a Tweet Chat on the release of the 2011 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500. Rachel Soares, Senior Associate, Research, leads a conversation regarding the latest count of women in Fortune 500 boardrooms and C-suites. Follow along via Twitter.com or use Tweetchat.com for a more streamlined view of the discussion. Please use the hashtag #ChatCat for every tweet you send during the event.

Nominate a 2012 Champion for The Catalyst Canada Honours

Pat yourself on the back or salute someone you know. Catalyst Canada is seeking nominations for leaders who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of women within their organizations, industries, and communities. If you are or know a champion of women in Canadian business, complete a nomination form and submit it by January 12, 2012. Visit our website or contact [email protected] for more information.

Get to Know Catalyst Europe AG

Kick off the new year at a Meet & Greet with Catalyst Europe AG in Amsterdam on January 19. Hosted by Shell International B.V., we'll discuss a range of topics and practices related to diversity and inclusive talent management, particularly in the Nordic context, as well as key findings from new Catalyst research comparing how women and men advance in the workplace. Allyson Zimmermann, Director, Catalyst Europe, and Caroline Pickard, Catalyst Europe Ambassador for the Nordic Region will facilitate the discussion. Register here.

You've Got Questions, We've got Answers…Live!

Flexibility, definitive goals, and focusing on inclusion are key steps to accelerating change in different geographies. Join us as we consider ways to resolve a one-size-fits-all approach to diversity in a Live Q&A session on January 24. Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe AG, will moderate and Julie Nugent, Senior Director, Research, and Chair, Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee, will join the panel. Register here.

A Woman of Influence

We're pleased to announce that Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe AG, has been invited by Bryn Mawr College to become a founding member of BMC's International Council, a group that will provide Jane McAuliffe, President of Bryn Mawr, with advice and counsel on the College's global reach and impact. Please join us in congratulating Tabi and feel free to contact us with any questions.

As We C It

Connecting the Dots to Corporate Social Responsibility

Companies should have a conscience—gone are the days when profits, and profits alone, can grow a sustainable business. But how do smart companies boost their levels of corporate social responsibility (CSR)? Rachel Soares, Catalyst's, Senior Associate, Research, and guest blogger explained in Catalyzing that gender-inclusive leadership and increased CSR go hand-in-hand. Read more…

Do You Know a Champion?

The Catalyst Canada Honours celebrates champions who have made the advancement of women a hallmark of their careers. In CanCon, Emily Pomeroy, chair of the 2012 nominating committee, shared some reasons that you should consider nominating a champion you know, or applying yourself. Be a champion for change…

The Limitations of Mentoring

With mentoring programs coming under more scrutiny, the debate about mentoring versus sponsorship continues to evolve. The difference is clinched in CORE and a recent Catalyst report: "In openly recommending high-performing employees for assignments, opportunities, or promotions, sponsors leverage their own power and reputational capital. Therefore, sponsorship is high stakes…" Read more…

Tweet of the Month

More women leaders likely means higher quantity *and* quality CSR ow.ly/7vx5g #CSR

Catalyst Making Headlines

As we head into the final month of 2011, Catalyst continued to make headlines about board quotas and corporate generosity: The Economist, "Too many suits and not nearly enough skirts in the boardrooms";The Economic Times, "More women leaders, better Corporate Social Responsibility"; CBS News, "Women make companies more generous"; CBC News, "Canadian women politically stifled, report suggests"; Vancouver Sun, "Finance and utility companies more likely to have women on boards"; MORE, "Women's Ambition: A Surprising Report"; Fortune, "Facebook board: Where are the female faces?"; Financial Times, "Exit strategies: hoping for a better fit."

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