C-News—July 2011

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July 12, 2011
Webinar: Catalyst Member Benefits

July 19, 2011
Webinar: Diversity Strategy: Using the Catalyst India Benchmarking Tool

September 14, 2011
Catalyst Connects: Calgary

September 21-23, 2011
Catalyst Corporate Board Governance Symposium

October 18, 2011
The Catalyst Canada Honours: Toronto


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July 2011, Volume 3 Issue 6 

C What's Happening

What Makes a Champion?

Last month we were proud to announce the The Catalyst Canada Honours 2011 Champions. These exceptional individuals are personally and visibly committed to the advancement of women and serve as powerful role models for Canadian corporate leaders. They are:

  • Company/Firm Leader: Monique Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO, Desjardins Group
  • Business Leader: Jennifer Tory, Regional President, Greater Toronto Region, RBC
  • Human Resources/Diversity Leader: Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, KPMG LLP
Read about their amazing work and honour these champions in person by purchasing a table for the dinner celebration on October 18 in Toronto.


Transgender in the Workplace

Some people consider transgender issues provocative or uncomfortable—Catalyst considers them squarely in the domain of women and work. In recognition of LGBT Pride Month, Catalyst hosted a webinar to examine the challenges transgender people face in the workplace. As a group within the LGBT community, transgender women face unique obstacles, and though they represent the “T” in LGBT, they’re part of a group that’s typicallyexcluded from the conversation. But only by discussing—and exposing—the stereotypes that transgender women face can we mitigate the barriers. Read more…

Trust Matters

Katherine Giscombe, Ph.D., Vice President, Diverse Women & Inclusion Research, presented on Catalyst research, Building Trust Between Managers and Diverse Women Direct Reports, at the Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Conference on June 29. Some takeaways from the event:

  • “Disclosure” is important for diverse women. The more comfortable they are disclosing sensitive work-related information to their managers, the more likely they are to be satisfied with their career advancement opportunities.
  • One barrier to the formation of trusting relationships is that over half the white male managers “overestimated” the level of trust that diverse women have in them.
Ms. Giscombe also presented recommendations for how managers, HR departments, and diverse women themselves can work to build trusting relationships.


Want to Make Change? Catalyst Can Help

Join Emily Wakeling, Senior Director, Member Relations, and Katy Breitenbach, Membership Manager, on July 12, as they present a webinar on Catalyst Member Benefits. These Catalyst products and services are available exclusively to individuals from member companies and include: My Catalyst, which allows you to filter information delivery by relevance to you; participation in Catalyst Member Benchmarking; and knowledge products such as Tools and Diversity & Inclusion Practices. This webinar is complimentary. Register online.

India Benchmarking: What It Means for You

On July 19, Deepali Bagati, Senior Advisor, India, and Emily Pomeroy, Senior Associate, Research, lead a webinar on Diversity Strategy: Using the Catalyst India Benchmarking Tool. They'll share insights regarding strategy development and how best to leverage the results of the 2010 India Benchmarking Report to identify strength and development areas, as well as to maximize diversity and inclusion results. This webinar is complimentary. Register online.

Thoughts From the Tour

This summer, Catalyst Europe AG completed its Regional Learning Hub tour as well as held the 5th CE Regional Symposium in The Hague. In combination with Opportunity in Bedrijif, and sponsored by Shell International B.V., Engaging and Retaining Women: Critiques & Reinvention brought together panelists and attendees from diverse industries and job functions. Special guest speaker Peter Voser, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc, spoke of the growing need for diverse leadership and the direction Shell has taken to address complex inclusion needs.

Partner With Catalyst Europe

In 2012, Catalyst Europe will continue its high-caliber, participant-driven discussions among engaged professionals. Through Catalyst Europe Regional Learning Hubs, Live Q&A Webinars, Member Breakfasts, and CORE, we are eager to involve and showcase the thoughtful and innovative insights of our members in a variety of ways. Please contact us for further information on new sponsorship opportunities.

Catalyst Europe AG CEO Summit: Save The Date

The inaugural Catalyst Europe CEO Summit will take place on June 7, 2012, in Switzerland, with lead Sponsor Swiss Re Ltd. Coinciding with Catalyst's 50th anniversary and inspired by this year's U.S.-based CEO Summit, the Catalyst Europe CEO Summit is a high-profile, invitation-only event that will bring together CEOs and presidents of European companies, policymakers, and academic leaders to participate in a frank discussion about the progress and setbacks experienced by women in business and to determine an agenda to accelerate change. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

As We C It

It's Even Worse if You're Diverse

As if women don't have it hard enough in the workplace, diverse women have an even more difficult battle. As Ilene wrote in last month's Catalyzing, "Diverse women are double outsiders. Women of African, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Native American descent make up about 36% of the U.S. female population, but…many are excluded from high-paying leadership positions in corporate America."

Champions Make a Difference

In last month's CanCon, Deborah wrote about our amazing The Catalyst Canada Honours 2011 Champions and how "they challenge their colleagues to stretch for greater achievements. They encourage their communities to become better than they thought they could be. Champions can make the difference, as role models and as sponsors who are at decision-making tables advocating for talented women to advance and contribute value that will benefit their organizations." Amen to that.

The Case for Neither Ignoring Nor Focusing on the Numbers

"The business case is a key driver for diversity in companies. The vast majority of people intrinsically understand that diverse teams (when managed properly) outperform non-diverse teams and are a better source of innovative thinking and creativity. Diversity-inducing policies, programs and measures form the underlying support for implementing and managing change. This shouldn't be a numbers-driven game, but you can't ignore the numbers." This quotation from Nia Joynson-Romanzina, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd., is in the current issue of Catalyst Europe CORE.

Tweets of the Month

Career advice from Most Powerful Women = Do what you love & take career risks. http://t11.me/RPE-PW

In Ireland, the #quota of women political candidates will rise to 40% in each party. Non-compliance? A 50% funding cut. http://t11.me/WNN-Y0

Catalyst Making Headlines

June was a busy month for Catalyst, with references and quotes in articles such as the Toronto Star "Champions of Women in Corporate World Recognized"; Huffington Post "Why Women Need Mentors at Work – And How to Find One"; Crain's New York Business: "Life at the Top for New York's Most Powerful Women"; and US News & World Report "Business Schools Hope to Shatter Sturdy Glass Ceiling."

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