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May 2012, Volume 5 Issue 4 

C What's Happening

Catalyst Celebrates Communities That Count in India

On April 30, Catalyst furthered its expansion into India by naming TK Kurien, CEO - IT Business and Executive Director, Wipro Limited, as chair of the Catalyst India Advisory Board. Wipro and Pitney Bowes Inc. are Founding Supporters of Catalyst in India and have made important contributions to support Catalyst's effort to accelerate the advancement of working women in corporate India. At a high-profile celebration held in Bangalore, Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang spoke with Mr. Kurien in a keynote conversation that was followed by good food, entertainment, and commemoration of Catalyst's 50th anniversary.

Uniting the Business Leaders of Europe

Catalyst Europe AG is pleased to announce our first CEO Summit. This invitation-only event will bring together leaders of European and Europe-based organizations, policymakers and researchers to identify strategies for effecting workplace change in Europe. Entitled "Leadership Matters: Talent, Quotas & the New Workplace," the event will be hosted by lead sponsor Swiss Re Ltd. at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue in Rüschlikon/Zurich on June 7. We are grateful to additional event sponsors AXA, Deutsche Bank AG and Royal Dutch Shell plc.

ICSpotlight on the Catalyst Information Center

The Metropolitan New York Library Council recently profiled Catalyst's Information Center and Catalyst's 50th anniversary in its most recent Member Spotlight. Read the entire article here.

Save the Date for The Catalyst Canada Honours

The Catalyst Canada Honours will be held on November 5 in Toronto and the table sponsorship form is now available. Make sure to book your table early to join senior business leaders from across Canada in celebration of individual champions of women in business who are committed to making change in their organizations, industries, and communities. Book now!

Research Partners Reap Rewards

Research Partners are a group of Catalyst members dedicated to advancing women and building more inclusive work environments through the highest level of commitment. In addition to cultivating their experience and passion, Research Partners have the opportunity to:

  • Engage multiple stakeholders across different regions, levels, and functions of the organization.
  • Gather together at exclusive events.
  • Engage a Catalyst expert at no charge through the Speakers Bureau.
  • Financially support the development of a calendar year’s worth of research and help shape Catalyst’s future research agenda.
  • Participate in webinars exclusive to Research Partners such as:
    • June 25, 2012: Catalyst Strategic Priorities Update
      Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer Ilene H. Lang moderates and discusses the research strategies for Catalyst in 2012 and beyond.

Email Svetlana Mostovsky for more information on becoming a Research Partner.

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 11th 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 18.

Sponsoring Women to Success

Join Sylvia Apostolidis in Vancouver on May 10 as she facilitates a panel discussion on sponsorship featuring Susan Ewanick from CIBC, Yuri Fulmer from FDC Capital Partners, and Lindsay Gordon from HSBC Bank Canada. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Get Past Stuck at the Houston Area Member Town Hall Forum

Join Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer Ilene H. Lang and Martin Craighead, President and CEO, Baker Hughes, on May 22 as they discuss how to identify where an organization is stuck and where it can be successful at a Catalyst Town Hall entitled Getting Past Stuck hosted by Baker Hughes in Houston, TX. Please contact Martha Feeback to RSVP.

Women in Leadership: Paying it Forward

On May 24, Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer Ilene H. Lang and Debbie Storey, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer of AT&T, Inc., present on the State of Affairs of Women in Business followed by a senior executive panel discussion on Women in Leadership at a Catalyst member event hosted by AT&T in Dallas, TX. Please RSVP to Martha Feeback by May 21.

Connect with Catalyst in Toronto

Join Catalyst Canada on June 12 as we bring together high-potential women to hear from two senior women leaders. The Toronto session will feature Mandy Shapansky, President & CEO of Xerox Canada, and Connie Sugiyama, Deputy Chair and Partner, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Pondering the Future

Catalyst Europe AG General Manager Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden will lead a thought-provoking discussion about the state and future of women in the global workplace on June 12. The Powerhouse Zurich, an international professional women's network, will host the event at the Hub in Zurich. You can request more information here.

Leadership and LGBT

Catalyst Europe AG General Manager Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden has been invited by the Workplace Pride Foundation to speak at the 6th Annual International LGBT Inclusion Conference in Amsterdam on June 15. The theme of leadership will be explored in panels and workshops at this high-profile, full-day event. Find out when registration is open.

As We C It


Reflecting on Augusta

In light of the continued denial of women members at the Augusta National Golf Club, Ilene asked this question of the club's members: does discrimination against women truly reflect their values? Read more…


Changing the Conversation

Deborah discusses the impending meeting between provincial and territorial leaders of Canada. "Will the nature of Canadian political discourse change now that women comprise approximately 30% of our leadership? Will women's voices raise different issues, or bring fresh perspective to standing issues?" Read more…


Time to Think Ahead

In this month's issue of CORE, we're talking quotas. Whether mandated by law or implemented under the threat of it, quotas to get women into business leadership positions are going strong. It's hardly surprising that the debate surrounding workplace diversity has returned to the binary, either/or stance that recalls a time when people were arguing about whether to "let" women work at all. An all-or-nothing approach, however, has a way of cheapening the debate, spawning inflammatory sound bites and missing the point of it all. Read more…

Catalyst Tweet of the Month

If only our stemware was this shatterproof…The glass ceiling still hovers over Wall Street. ow.ly/aeOOQ

Catalyst Making Headlines

This month Catalyst was cited in several articles, many surrounding the gender wage gap, women's leadership and women on Wall Street: The Atlantic, "Standing Up for Equality"; The Nation, "How to Close the Gender Wage Gap in Just Seven Easy* Steps"; Newsweek/The Daily Beast, "The Decline of the Old Boys' Clubs"; The Globe and Mail, "The Missing Voice in Workplace Gender Issues"; Forbes.com, "Catalyst Proves We Can Make A Difference In Women And Leadership"; Huffington Post, "How Do We Move the Needle on Women's Leadership?"; Forbes.com, "Today, Women Need To Demand Equal Pay"; FoxBusiness.com, "Where Are the Women on Wall Street? Cultural Obstacles Still Block CEO Posts"; The Glass Hammer, "Backlash: Are Women Really Getting Even?"

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