June 2014

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Pride and Power: Lessons From the Gay Rights Movement
It’s important to learn from―and never take for granted―our struggles for equality. From women’s suffrage and civil rights to LGBT rights, the power of an inclusive culture can’t be overstated.
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June is Pride Month in the United States, so we are highlighting LGBT-inclusion practices, but we also want to call attention to what it feels like to be an “other” in the workplace. Your employees might feel like outsiders or “others” but this may not be obvious to you or the people around them. Otherness is not only experienced due to race, gender, or sexual orientation or identification, but any factor that makes you feel unwelcome or like you don’t fit in with the workplace culture. As Catalyst research shows, inclusive cultures generate diverse opinions, perspectives, and innovations that can lead to business success.
We’re showing our Pride all month long
Catalyst social media will be showcasing pro-LGBT quotes during the month of June. Here’s one example but please check out our Facebook, Twitter and our new Tumblr for more inspiration.
5 Ways to Be a More Queer-Friendly Coworker
We’ve got 5 tips to make your office a safer, more welcoming space for your queer colleagues. It’s all about empathy, consideration, and self-awareness. Ready to get started? Check out our tips in Catalyzing on June 5th.
Breaking Boundaries in India
Read our fascinating conversation with Parmesh Shahani, head of India Culture Lab at Godrej Industries Ltd. The Godrej culture lab is an experimental space that was started in India about three years ago to bring together the best minds across India and the world to explore what it means to be modern and Indian. Parmesh also talks about being gay in the workplace in India, the de-criminalization of homosexuality by India’s high court, and the importance of a diverse and inclusive workplace for business.
Feeling Different: Being the Other in US Workplaces
This report examines the experience of otherness in the US workplace. By listening to the unique experiences of diverse employees and adopting inclusive approaches to talent management, organizations can truly empower and tap into their employees and benefit their business.
Culture Matters: Unpacking Change and Achieving Inclusion
The world is evolving in ways that compel organizations to constantly reevaluate how business is done and how to ensure their diverse employees and consumer base are connected to the business. Leaders need to develop well-informed and targeted strategies to successfully navigate and increase inclusion. This study presents a Corporate Practice Change Model with interacting and revolving dimensions to help companies “unpack” the change process and navigate the dilemmas faced by leaders. Download it today.

And if you missed it, watch the webinar we did last week for a deeper dive.  
 
Making Change in India Inc.
This three-part interactive toolkit delves into the barriers to gender inclusion in India Inc.’s organizations with a specific focus on what organizations can do to ease the sociocultural pressures that influence women’s career advancement in India. Download it today.
 
What Catalyst Members Are Saying
This is a very useful toolkit that will enable organizations to evaluate and assess where they stand on gender inclusion.
—Pramit Jhaveri, CEO, Citi India, Catalyst India Board of Advisors
  The self-assessment questionnaires that have been devised can help provide valuable inputs for remedial action.
—Arun Kumar Jain, Managing Director, Fluor Daniel India Private Limited, Catalyst India Board of Advisors
Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Catalyst Canada Honours
The Catalyst Canada Honours recognizes exceptional Canadian business leaders who have made an impact through their personal and visible commitment to the advancement of women, and serve as powerful role models for other corporate leaders. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2014 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions on June 18th!  
 
 
   
 
Upcoming Events
June 3, 2014
A CEO Dialogue: Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives
New York
June 5, 2014
The Stigma of Flextime
East Palo Alto
June 11, 2014
Inclusive Leadership: Inspiring Innovation & Impacting the Bottom Line
New York
June 13-14, 2014
Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Conference
New York
June 17, 2014
Webinar: Director Education and Networking: Putting it to Work
June 19-20, 2014
The Conference Board: Women’s Leadership Conference
New York City
June 19, 2014
Catalyst Connects
Washington DC
June 25, 2014
Catalyst Canada Roundtable: Retaining Mid-Career Women
Calgary
June 26, 2014
Webinar: LGBT Pride Month with Chevron
July 8, 2014
Webinar: Learning from Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Catalyst Award-Winning Initiative

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