C-News—May 2011

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May 10, 2011
Learning Hub: Paris

May 17, 2011
Webinar: Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives: An Interview With Michael Kimmel

May 19, 2011
Houston Member Roundtable

June 14, 2011
Regional Symposium: The Hague

October 18, 2011
The Catalyst Canada Honours 2011: Toronto


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May 2011, Volume 3 Issue 4 

C What's Happening

Women and Minorities Lose Ground on Fortune 500 Corporate Boards

Collectively, women and minorities lost ground in America’s corporate boardrooms between 2004 and 2010, according to Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards—2010 Alliance for Board Diversity Census. Six years after the first Alliance  for Board Diversity Census, this report shows that white men still overwhelmingly dominate corporate boards with few overall gains for minorities and a significant loss of seats for African-American men. Read the full report.

Ilene H. Lang Honored with Prestigious Social Enterprise Award

Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer Ilene H. Lang will be honored with the John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. At the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s 44th Annual Leadership Dinner, Ilene will be recognized for applying innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained social change. Register online to congratulate her in person.

Prepare to Celebrate Your Pride

June is Pride month, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, which sparked the modern LGBT movement in the United States. Pride month recognizes the impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people have had on the world. Use Catalyst’s research and tools to help educate your organization and support your LGBT employees.

Europe Explores New Life for the Old Business Case

Experience suggests that progress tends to be made when procedure, policies, and programs are balanced with authentic commitment and motivation. Catalyst Europe AG’s members are realizing that the business case for women’s advancement might not be enough anymore. Call it a blend of hard and soft, call it version 2.0, but forward-looking organizations are turning the business case upside-down. Read more in Core.

Parisian Learning

A Catalyst Europe Regional Learning Hub will be held in Paris on May 10, convening local leaders and professionals to discuss strengthening employee resource groups, defining alternative structures and objectives, establishing leadership support, and increasing impact on business outcomes. It is hosted by Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Canada Connects, Engages, and Inspires

Catalyst Canada presents a Catalyst Connects event in Vancouver on May 11, featuring Eva Kwok, Chair & CEO, Amara Holdings Inc., Board Director, Husky Energy Inc., and former Board Director, BMO Financial Group; and Fiona MacFarlane, Managing Director, Vancouver and Western Canada, Ernst & Young LLP Canada. These two senior women will share their career experiences and provide advice to future leaders. The session will be facilitated by Sylvia Apostolidis, Senior Director, Member Services, and held at the Fairmont Waterfront. Inquire at catalystco[email protected].

It’s All About ‘Who’

Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer Ilene H. Lang will give a keynote luncheon address on May 19, entitled “Who Does It Matters” at the 2011 Summit for Emerging Executives hosted by the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Additional information and registration is available online.

Show Off Your Leaders

Catalyst is proud to offer you the opportunity to spotlight one of your most influential senior women executives in Profiles in Diversity Journal (PDJ)'s 10th Annual WomenWorthWatching® issue. Put one of your most influential senior women executives on center stage and bring national acclaim to the employer-of-choice company that made her rise to leadership possible. Catalyst has been providing D&I knowledge and articles for PDJ—a bimonthly magazine that focuses on diversity and inclusion—for many years and is excited to help promote this opportunity to other companies to have their senior women leaders recognized. To learn more and download a nomination form click here. The deadline for nominations is May 13.

Breaking Barriers and Learning Unwritten Rules

The 11th Annual Diversity Summit on May 20 brings together organizations and individuals to better understand how to use diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Mary Boughton, Senior Director, and Deb Campbell, Director, will present on barrier breaking and unwritten rules. The event takes place in Sugar Land, Texas. Additional information and registration available online.

Men Champion Diversity en Français

Join senior male leaders Marc-André Blanchard, Chair & Chief Executive Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Guy Leblanc, Managing Partner, Montréal, PwC Canada; and Sylvain Vinet, Senior Vice-President, Eastern Canada Region, Retail Markets, CIBC, as they discuss their experiences as champions of diversity in their workplaces and strategies for involving more men in diversity initiatives. Catalyst’s Engaging Men as Diversity Champions series, held in Montreal on June 7 will be conducted in French and facilitated by Sunniva Sorby, Membership Manager — Québec. Inquire at [email protected].

Catalyst Europe Presents a Master Class

Catalyst Europe now offers focused discussions, of Master Classes, with your teams and colleagues surrounding specific Catalyst research, such as unwritten rules and mentoring and sponsoring. We target each Master Class to the needs of those in attendance and engage you with dialogue dedicated to making our research actionable through practical tips and solutions. Contact us for further details.

As We C It

Speak Out and Show Off

In Catalyzing, Ilene H. Lang urged readers to call out sexism when they see it. “Say something—and do something—when you see men advance more quickly than equally qualified women,” she wrote. She also highlighted the importance of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which was held in the U.S. on April 28. “It’s all about boys seeing women at work in all types of roles—not just stereotypic women’s positions—and for girls to see role models they can aspire to become,” she said.


"Values and principles don’t have to be sacrificed for advancement. Don’t lose yourself along the way; be a woman of conviction." These are just two of the takeaways from a recent Catalyst Connects event in Montreal. In our first bilingual CanCon blog post (English and French) Catalyst's Membership Manager for Quebec shared insights from our amazing speaker.

Keeping Numbers in Perspective

Encouraging a desired culture by implementing diversity programs is not just about the numbers and metrics. Employee engagement surveys are a good starting point for understanding how change should take place. Read more in this month’s CORE.

Tweet of the Month

Why women are leaving engineering: "There is little to no respect for women in male-dominated fields." http://t11.me/1H0-7T

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