C-News—November 2011

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November 7, 2011
Webinar: How to Apply for The Catalyst Canada Honours

November 17, 2011
Webinar: Catalyst Information Center

November 22, 2011
Catalyst Europe AG Meet & Greet: Milan, Italy

December 1, 2011
Catalyst Europe AG Meet and Greet: Munich, Germany

December 1, 2011
Catalyst CEO Summit: New York, NY

December 6, 2011
Webinar: Year in Review

December 13, 2011
Catalyst Europe AG Member Breakfast: Paris, France

March 28-29, 2012
Catalyst Awards Conference: New York

March 29, 2012
Catalyst Awards Dinner & 50th Anniversary Celebration: New York


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November 2011, Volume 3 Issue 9 

C What's Happening

Celebrating Champions at The Catalyst Canada Honours

October 18th was a big day for Catalyst Canada, starting with ringing the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange and then celebrating champions at the gala Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner. More than 600 guests, among them approximately 60 CEOs, attended to recognize our three champions, Monique Leroux, Jennifer Tory, and Michael Bach, who each shared personal and inspirational stories that made them become champions of women's leadership. Equally powerful was the challenge put out to the business leaders in the audience by Deborah Gillis, SVP, Membership and Global Operations, Catalyst. "It's now your turn to be a sponsor, to be a champion, to send the elevator back down and up again and create a legacy that…will change someone's personal story forever."

Who Is An "Ideal Worker" And Will Becoming One Help You Get Ahead?

Want to get ahead in your career? It's simple…if you're a man. In fact, according to Catalyst's latest research study, The Myth of the Ideal Worker: Does Doing All the Right Things Really Get Women Ahead?, women who adopted proactive career strategies barely advanced their careers more than those who did nothing. "This study busts the myth that 'Women don't ask.' In fact, they do! But it doesn't get them very far. Men, by contrast, don't have to ask. What's wrong with this picture?'" says Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst.

Webinar: Be a Champion for Change in 2012

Emily Pomeroy, Director, Catalyst Canada, presents on how to apply for The Catalyst Canada Honours in 2012. Ms. Pomeroy is joined by the 2010 Business Leader Champion, Colleen Sidford, Vice President, Treasurer, Ontario Power Generation Inc., and the 2011 Human Resources/Diversity Leader Champion, Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, KPMG LLP, who will share their experience as Champions. The November 7 event is complimentary. Register online.

Webinar: Information at your Fingertips

Jan Combopiano, Vice President & Chief Knowledge Officer, and Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe AG, present on the expertise of the award-winning Catalyst Information Center, including its global knowledge on diversity and inclusion and the benefits and services it provides exclusively to individuals from member organizations. The November 17 event is complimentary to participants from Catalyst member organizations; others are charged a $150 USD registration fee. Register online.

Europe Members: Get Ready to Meet and Mingle

Join Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe AG, and Pascale Marcou, Catalyst Europe's Ambassador for the Latin Region, on November 22 as they lead a discussion about women in leadership and inclusion at a meet and greet hosted by Linklaters in Milan. Contact [email protected] for registration and details.

Join Catalyst Europe in an upcoming 'Meet & Greet', hosted by the Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Management – Chair for Strategy and Organization, on December 1. The conversation will cover a range of insights and practices related to diversity and inclusive talent management, particularly in the German 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 Dr. Isabelle Kürschner, Catalyst Europe Ambassador for the Germanic Region will facilitate the discussion. Register here.

Catalyst Europe Executive Women's Platform

On December 16, Catalyst Europe presents an invitation-only opportunity in Zurich for senior-level women to network, share perspectives and experiences, and discuss workplace interventions that have the most impact. In essence, it's a chance to have heartfelt conversations about workplace struggles and how Catalyst research can provide solutions. Hosted by Ernst & Young, Catalyst membership is not necessary. Contact us for details.

Catalyst in Your Community

Catalyst executives share their knowledge around the world with corporate, professional, and academic audiences. Here's a sample of where they'll be this month.

On November 4, Ilene H. Lang participates in a panel entitled "Women, Leadership, and Power" hosted by New York University's Women's Leadership Forum. Contact Diane Yu for details.

On November 14, Ilene gives a keynote speech at the Women in Leadership Institute summit hosted by Linkage at the Fairmont Chicago. Register online.

On November 16, Nancy M. Carter, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research, Catalyst & Visiting Scholar, INSEAD, presents at the "Women in Leadership Event" at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Conference held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort in Florida. Contact [email protected] for registration details.

Mixed Leadership — Does it Make a Difference?

Quotas for women in management, gender-specific targets, and the benefits of combined teams are often discussed within companies and in the press. What are companies doing specifically? What action is required to recruit more qualified women for management positions? Join Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager of Catalyst Europe AG, on November 3 to explore these questions at this year's Diversity Roundtable Switzerland symposium. Register here.

As We C It

Women Ask, But Men Don't Have To

We've all heard the maxim that "women don't ask." The problem is that it's simply untrue. In Catalyzing, Ilene H. Lang showcased our new report, The Myth of the Ideal Worker, which makes it clear that even when women do "all the right things" they're unlikely to earn as much or advance as far as their male colleagues. Read on to see what myths are dispelled…

Person Power

The Catalyst Canada Honours dinner was in every way a celebration of champions. The stars of the evening, of course, were the three champions: Michael Bach, Jennifer Tory, and Monique Leroux. In CanCon, Deborah Gillis, Senior Vice President, Membership and Global Operations, reflects on the challenge for each of us to be a champion of change in the workplace…

Heart and Soul

One member's thoughts on Diversity and Inclusion quotas in this month's CORE: "Once leaders become convinced of the value of a gender-balanced organization, they begin to seek it out, become aware of their own views and change their behavior. This becomes almost like a self-fulfilling prophesy because once they believe there are benefits, they start seeing positive results. On the other hand, rarely have I found…[a required increase in women] to be a sustainable approach."

Tweet of the Month

One of the fun things you get to do as a Catalyst Canada Honours Champion http://t11.me/H8D-I4 #CCH2011

Catalyst Making Headlines

As things heat up on the quota front and what makes an Ideal Worker, Catalyst continued to make headlines: Financial Times: "Effective career tactics depend on gender"; New York Times: "For Women, Parity Is Still a Subtly Steep Climb"; BNN: "Scotiabank & Catalyst: Supporting Women in the Workplace"; Financial Post: "Well-run firms have women on board: Downe"; Financial Times: "Does doing all the right things really get women ahead?"; Huffington Post: "Why 'Ideal Worker' Women's Careers Fall Behind Men's: Catalyst Study"; CNBC: "Move up the Corporate Ladder Stalls for Women."

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