C-News—February 2011

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February 2, 2011
Member Roundtable: The Partnership Plateau, San Francisco

February 10, 2011
Live Q&A Webinar: Reinvigorating the Business Case

February 10, 2011
Webinar: Building Trust Between Managers and Diverse Women Direct Reports

February 17, 2011
Webinar: How to Apply for the 2012 Catalyst Award

February 21, 2011
Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast, Zurich

February 24, 2011
Diversity & Inclusion Seminar, Barcelona

March 8, 2011
Catalyst Census in Israel

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

April 12-13, 2011
Women’s Leadership Conference


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February 2011, Volume 3 Issue 1 

C What's Happening

And the Winners are…

Join us as we salute the 2011 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives:
• Kaiser PermanenteAchieving Our Mission and Growing the Business Through the National Diversity Agenda
• McDonald's CorporationFreedom Within a Framework: Global Women's Initiative
• Time Warner Inc.Creating a Unified Culture: Investing in Our Women Leaders
These exemplary efforts are sure to inspire everyone to create initiatives that are good for women and good for business. Read more about them.

Connect, Engage, Inspire, and Make an Impact at the 2011 Catalyst Awards Conference

On March 29, global leaders and high potentials will converge on The Waldorf=Astoria to participate in the Catalyst Awards Conference. Join us for workshops and discussions with experts and to share knowledge on issues related to inclusion and women’s advancement. Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO, Kraft Foods Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Tickets are going fast—purchase yours now.

The Information Center Catalog Is Now Available Online

Catalyst is proud to announce the online launch of Felice, our comprehensive Information Center catalog, named after Catalyst founder Felice N. Schwartz. This premier reference includes abstracts, citations, and, where available, links to full text on issues related to women and work, and it is updated frequently with new resources from around the world. Now everyone can easily access more than 7,000 records from the Catalyst Information Center. Find Felice through our website under Research & Knowledge, or at http://www.catalyst.org/etc/felice.php.

Stand Up and Be Counted

As a Catalyst Member, you are invited to participate in Catalyst Member Benchmarking: Workforce Statistics. This annual service allows members to track gender and racial/ethnic diversity metrics by level and global region. You will receive an email invitation to the Benchmarking survey in the coming weeks—the survey must be completed to receive access to the Catalyst Member Benchmarking Tool in October 2011. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

When Men Speak About Women, Other Men Listen

Join Catalyst Canada, in conjunction with CIBC, on February 1 for a breakfast and panel discussion on engaging men as advocates for women's advancement. Christine Silva, Director, Research, Catalyst, facilitates. Panelists include Bob Elton, Chief Executive Officer (retired), BC Hydro, and Executive Chair, Powertech Labs Inc.; Glenn Ives, Chairman, Deloitte & Touche LLP Canada; and John Silverthorn, Senior Vice-President, Talent Management, CIBC. The event is held at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. Interested parties should email [email protected].

Different Continent, Same Dilemma

Catalyst extends its series of research on the Unwritten Rules to Advancement with a report focused on employees in Europe titled Unwritten Rules: Why Doing a Good Job Might Not Be Enough Europe. The research finds that European respondents’ perceptions of unwritten rules to advancement and the strategies they used to navigate these rules within their organizations are similar to those of respondents from previous studies. Download the study and the corresponding tool, Approaches to Learning the Unwritten Rules. You can also read two recent articles which quote the study and Catalyst staffers in the Financial Times and The New York Times.

Canada Gets Connected

Bringing together high-potential women and speakers who are role models, the Catalyst Connects series continues in Montréal on March 9, with Monique F. Leroux, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, Desjardins Group. Ms. Leroux is one of the most influential women in Canada and a member of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board. For inquiries, email [email protected].

The Hub of the Matter

Join Catalyst Europe on March 3 in London for the second installment of the Learning Hub series. Generously hosted by BAE Systems, the event convenes local leaders and professionals to discuss regional issues relevant to workplace inclusion, talent management, and organizational innovation. Seating is limited, register now.

Women on Board: Lessons from Norway

Norway has become for a benchmark for other countries interested in achieving gender balance. Join Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe AG, and Heather Foust-Cummings, Senior Director, Research, on March 2 in Oslo, as they participate in a workshop devoted to reactions to parity in Norwegian boardrooms. Register here.

Building Trust, Building Relationships

You gotta have friends. “Building Trust Between Managers and Diverse Women Direct Reports,” is a webinar that will allow participants to interact with Katherine Giscombe, Ph.D., Vice President, Diverse Women & Inclusion Research, and guest panelists, as they discuss forthcoming research on the issues faced by diverse women in forming relationships with their bosses. The February 10 webinar is complimentary for participants from Catalyst member organizations; others are charged $150. There are two times available to attend this event, register online.

We Give You…India

Catalyst is proud to count more than 450 corporations, professional firms, and academic institutions as members. And now we have added more than 20 new companies to this growing roster…from India. See the impressive list here.

As We C It

Weather Shouldn’t Affect Whether You Work

In Catalyzing, the U.S. Northeast’s winter snowstorms reminded Ilene of the importance of a work-at-home culture. “Working from home works—it’s a win-win for employees and companies,” she wrote. In particular, she wished for more “inclusive, agile work cultures that reward results rather than face-time.” Ilene also stressed the need for the U.S. Congress to enact the Equal Rights Amendment, noting: “Without a specific guarantee for equal protection of the sexes in the Constitution, Congress has the power to scale back legislation banning discrimination against women. Or pass laws that discriminate.”

What Do We Want? Results. When Do We Want Them? Now…

In January, CanCon reflected on a debate around some of the remedies being suggested for the lack of women on corporate boards. Deborah noted that the objective—improving the representation of women on boards—is more important than the argument about how to achieve it, and urged supporters to start the journey to greater equity.

Good Friends in High Places

The comprehensive sponsorship programs that have sprung up in corporations in recent years are an attempt to ensure that all employees can benefit from mentoring. According to Catalyst Europe’s CORE, what is also important to remember is that the mentoring relationship accounts for “only one of a thousand” daily interactions in the workplace. Even more reason to develop different kinds of professional relationships.

Tweets of the Month

The ultimate boys’ club. The list of Canada’s 100 best paid CEOs does not include a single woman. http://bit.ly/eylroF

“Mentors support you face-to-face; sponsors advocate for you behind closed doors.” — Jan Combopiano, Catalyst VP & Chief Knowledge Officer

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