Catalyst Awards Conference



It Takes EACH of Us

For more than 20 years, the Catalyst Awards Conference has brought together experts from around the world to share knowledge and shape the dialogue about inclusive leadership and other critical factors related to women and workplaces around the globe. The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

The 2016 Catalyst Awards Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Join us and approximately 700 corporate leaders and members of the media at this one-of-a-kind event to share innovative strategies, research, and expertise on the subject of creating inclusive leadership, cultures, and workplaces and to learn from Gap Inc.'s 2016 Catalyst Award-winning initiative, Women and Opportunity.

Employees of Catalyst Supporter Organizations: $675 per person; All others: $875 per person



Lead Sponsor

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7:30 – 8:30 AM

Check-In and Networking Breakfast 

Join us for breakfast and to network with approximately 700 professionals from Catalyst member companies and other leading companies and firms.

8:30 – 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks


9:45 – 11:00 AM

Catalyst Breakout Sessions - First Run


Empowered Employees: Effective in Work and Life 

Women are often asked if they can “have it all,” but how often are men asked if they want more? How can corporate policies and public actions help all employees achieve true work-life effectiveness? Recently, the public and private sectors have started to focus on creating workplaces that empower employees to be effective in all aspects of their lives. Innovations include adopting gender-neutral family leave policies, instituting flexible work scheduling, and conducting pay equity studies in order to close the wage gap. How can corporate policies influence societal changes and vice versa? In this session, women and men with and without children will discuss how to build workplaces that engage and support employees at all life stages. 

Accountability in Action: Aligning Efforts Globally

How do you achieve success across different parts of the world? How do you scale up and sustain momentum for an initiative when it is rolled out across a global enterprise? In this session, we’ll look at ways to align global inclusion efforts, consider global and local implementation approaches, and design solutions for your most pressing diversity and inclusion challenges. Through interactive planning with Catalyst experts and organizational leaders, participants will explore accountability mechanisms to implement in their own organizations, walking away with actionable strategies and tools to enhance accountability across global D&I programs.

Sponsored by: Alcoa Foundation

Courage Counts: Inclusion Across Gender, Race and Ethnicity

Creating solutions for inclusion across gender, race, and ethnic identity requires a hard look beyond the numbers. It requires courageous leadership from people across all levels who dare to break down persistent barriers and create safe spaces, challenge prevailing ways of thinking, and inspire change in workplace policies and practices. In this session, we uncover strategies that individuals and organizations can take to facilitate inclusion and discuss “unspoken” issues that underpin the struggles faced in creating inclusive environments where all can thrive.

Sponsored by: Walmart

Humility Helps: Turning Missteps Into Next Steps

Nelson Mandela famously said, “Do not judge me by my successes. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” We can’t be afraid of failure—it contributes to organizational and personal learning, and is a prerequisite for innovation. This session will explore how stumbling blocks can lead to opportunity if organizations and individuals are humble enough to see them as breakthroughs.

Sponsored by: Barilla America 

11:00 – 11:45 AM



11:45 – 1:00 PM

Luncheon Fireside Conversation

Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst, chats with Marillyn A. Hewson, Chairman, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation, about her career, her inspired leadership, and her advice for audience members seeking to advance their own careers.

1:15 – 2:30 PM

Catalyst Breakout Sessions - Second Run


Empowered Employees: Effective in Work and Life 

Accountability in Action: Aligning Efforts Globally

Courage Counts: Inclusion Across Gender, Race and Ethnicity

Humility Helps: Turning Missteps Into Next Steps

2:45 – 4:30 PM

Closing Session - Catalyst Award Winner Panels

Gap Inc.—Women and Opportunity


We accept most major credit cards through the PayPal payment option. If you would prefer to receive an invoice, please select "Show Other Payment Options." By registering and providing your payment information, you are responsible for payment. You may transfer your registration to another employee from your organization until March 11. If you cancel your attendance prior to February 24, you are eligible for a refund less $100 convenience charge. Cancellations after February 24 will not receive any refund.

Enjoy convenience and luxury by booking a room at the Waldorf Astoria. Our special rate has sold out, but may be available if there are cancellations. Rooms outside of our block are still available

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].


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