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October 2012, Volume 5 Issue 9 

C What's Happening

The Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner and Conference – November 5

  • Last chance to secure a table for The Catalyst Canada Honours Dinner: Make sure you’re part of the celebration at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto from 6:00PM – 9:00PM. The dinner will be chaired by Bill Downe, President & CEO, BMO Financial Group, and the reception is sponsored by Scotiabank. Book your table now, before time runs out!
  • Register now for The Catalyst Canada Honours Conference: Join us for the first Catalyst Canada Honours Conference, sponsored by CIBC. This half-day event will feature presentations and discussions on the topic of sponsorship, and provide attendees with additional opportunities to engage with our Champions and other business leaders while learning how to best advance their colleagues, themselves, and their organizations. Check out the complete schedule and register today.

Thinking of nominating a champion for the 2013 Catalyst Canada Honours? Nominations will open on November 5th! Nomination materials will be available for download on catalyst.org.

Book Your Table Now for the 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner

Join nearly 1,600 guests, including CEOs and other leading executives from top corporations and professional firms, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, as they gather in the Grand Ballroom at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City for the Catalyst Awards Dinner. The event will feature remarks by the 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner Chair, Denise Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company, Catalyst Board members, the CEOs of the companies awarded for their outstanding initiatives, and other distinguished speakers. Tables and individual tickets are available for purchase, but do sell out quickly. Be a part of this incredible celebration by buying a table today!

Catalyst More Virtual Than Ever Before

Catalyst webinars and podcasts are virtual opportunities for members to engage and learn from and with one another. We have an exciting lineup planned for the next several months, with additional events in the confirmation process. Catalyst’s virtual events are complimentary to employees of member companies. Check out our upcoming slate:

  • October 11, 2012 - National Coming Out Day: Transgender in the Workplace Webinar Rebroadcast (Original Date: June 2011)
  • November 2012 TBD - Corporate Governance with Heather Foust-Cummings, PhD, Senior Director, Research
  • November 2012 TBD - Women in Capital Markets with Candice Morgan, Director, Advisory Services

Contact Jean Choi at +1 646 388 7766 or [email protected] for a full list of upcoming events or with any questions, comments, and/or future webinar ideas you may have.

It Pays to Be a Research Partner

Catalyst Research Partners are invited to attend the following discussions. Contact Svetlana Mostovsky for details.

  • Oct 17- Developing Leadership Talent in the Pipeline Around the World Christine Silva, Senior Director, Research, moderates.
  • November 1 - Inclusive Leadership and the New Business Realities Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe AG, moderates with guest speaker Fleur Bothwick, Director of Diversity & Inclusive Leadership - EMEIA, Ernst & Young LLP.

Connect with Catalyst in India

On October 17, join Catalyst in Bangalore, India, for a Catalyst Connects event. Catalyst research consistently finds that women lack role models and access to networking opportunities, and these disadvantages hinder their career advancement. At this networking event, Catalyst and Infosys proudly present an opportunity for high-potential women to hear directly from role models and to network with one another. To RSVP or request more information, please contact Neha Shah at [email protected].


Sponsoring Women to Success – Calgary

Join Sylvia Apostolidis, Senior Director, Member Services, Catalyst, on October 18 as she facilitates a panel discussion on sponsorship featuring Ken Lueers, President, ConocoPhillips Canada; Robert Rooney, Executive Vice-President, Legal and General Counsel, Talisman Energy Inc.; and a senior leader from CIBC. This event is sponsored by CIBC and will be held in downtown Calgary. For more information or to register, contact [email protected].


TEDX - Much Ado About Stereotypes

What makes the most senior positions in business so inaccessible to women—even in countries where there is considerable government and social support for gender equality? Senior women leaders across Western Europe tell us that gender stereotyping is an important barrier to consider, and our research supports that assessment. Join Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden at TEDX Zurich on October 25, 2012, as she discusses the most effective solutions to fixing the gender gap and the contributions to business that would result. Get more details.


Power and Potential

Join Emma Sabin, Vice President, Advisory Services, Partnerships, as she joins the opening plenary panel of the 2012 Diversity Women’s Business Leadership Conference on October 29. The panel, Strengthening Impact: The Power and Potential of Women, plans to discuss the power and potential of women to lead in the corporate world, education, government, and society as a whole. The event is being held at the Gaylord Hotel, Maryland. Get additional information and register here.


Leading from the Top, Berlin

Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden, General Manager, Catalyst Europe, will be the keynote speaker at the 16th Annual European Conference of the global Association of Executive Search Consultants in Berlin on November 13. The conference, Leading from the Top – Diversity and its Impact on Corporate Management, will look at ways in which the executive search industry can better address the diversity issue, and explore the broader implications of how diversity impacts corporate management in general. Get more details.


Workplace Pride in Amsterdam

Caroline Pickard, Catalyst Europe Ambassador to the Nordic Region, will be speaking at the second annual Pan-European conference about advancing the careers of lesbians, bisexual and transgender women in business taking place on November 9 in Amsterdam. The event, Showing Leadership at Work and in Society, considers the purchasing power of lesbian women and the influence they have both in and out of the workplace. Read more details.


As We C It


Putting our Values in Motion

Connect, Engage, Inspire, Impact—these are Catalyst’s values. But how do values come to life and guide our daily interactions? The annual Catalyst Values Day answers this question with action. Once a year, Catalyst staff from across the globe—India, Europe, Canada, and beyond—fly into New York for a day of collaboration and fun. Our most recent Values Day took place on a brilliantly sunny day in early September, and featured an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt across the Financial District. In this CanCon guest-post, Deborah Gillis shares her experience of answering clues and racing between New York City landmarks. It was truly a “One Catalyst” effort. Read more...



Labour Day: Time for a Change

Most of us see Labour Day as a final taste of summer before we get back to the routines of September. But as Deborah Gillis wrote in CanCon, it’s also a time to recognize the efforts of labor to achieve fairness and safety in our workplaces, and a time to recognize the contribution of the women and men who work in every industry and sector in the country. Yet inequity persists in Canadian workplaces—we haven’t achieved equal pay for women, and not everyone is given an equal opportunity to receive the promotions that will maximize her or his full talent and ability. Read more…

Catalyst Tweet of the Month

Women, what if the career advice you've been given is wrong? Catalyst research on which career strategies pay off. http://ow.ly/dTSmO

Men Advocating Real Change (MARC)

Discovering Privilege

What happens when you confront your “blind spot”? MARC blogger, Frank McCloskey, shares a personal story about coming face to face with his skin color and his emotional numbness “as the system of institutional racism became visible for the first time in my life.” He talks about “not recognizing the systemic advantage gained by just being white.” As MARC bloggers Bill Proudman and Michael Welp say, “We’re fish swimming in water and we don’t recognize the water we’re swimming in.” Read more of his insightful story…

Catalyst Making Headlines

September saw several mentions of Catalyst in the media on topics including sponsorship, the lack of women on boards, and the ambition myth. Highlights include: CNNMoney, “Got a mentor? Good. Now Find a Sponsor.”; The Hindu Business Line, “Women Grossly Under-represented on the Boards of Indian Companies”; The Huffington Post CEO, “Banking Standards Commission Is Bungling Gender”; The New York Times, “Seeking Critical Mass of Gender Equality in the Boardroom”; Forbes, “Stanford Finds The Secret Switch For Women's Success!”; The Wall Street Journal, “’Pink Quotas’ Alter Europe's Boards”; Financial Post, “Ready to Take the Next Big Step in IT?”; The Sydney Morning Herald, “Is the Queen Bee Dead?”; The Globe and Mail, “Why Are Women Less Likely to Lobby for Promotion?”; Reuters, “Want a Better Job? Find a Mentor.”

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