October 2014

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#DisruptTheDefault
verb \dis-ˈrəpt\
to cause (something) to be unable to continue in the normal way; to interrupt the normal progress or activity of (something)
 
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It’s time to think differently, speak differently, and act differently, to challenge one another to take brave, risky, and audacious steps to build a new system and society where women and men are fully equal at work and in the world. The challenges that women face in the workplace and the world have persisted for far too long.

This month Catalyst is kicking off a year-long campaign to inspire everyone to #DisruptTheDefault.
  • #DisruptTheDefault: because change won’t happen without YOU.
  • #DisruptTheDefault: because you CAN build awareness and make change.
  • #DisruptTheDefault: More SMART talking. More IMMEDIATE doing.
  • #DisruptTheDefault: Say “no” to the status quo.
Whether you view taking beneficial actions intentionally as “disruption” or rather as a philosophy you know will make the world a better and fairer place, we invite and encourage you to join us today.

We’ve got a lot in store these coming months, so be sure to check out the site and get involved by taking the pledge.
 
5 Ways to #DisruptTheDefault
 
Real change doesn’t happen unless you take action—and risks. So we’ve got five ways you can start disrupting the default—and reaping the rewards—today! Read on…
Is “Disruption” the Silver Bullet for Achieving Parity in the Workplace?

“Disruption” is heralded as the catalyst of great innovation and creative thinking, and a fundamental necessity for success. Part of successful disruption is having a vision for change beyond the incremental advances that everyone else is making. Read more…
Disrupt the Catalyst Awards Dinner

In a couple of weeks we’re rolling out a huge contest to create the 2015 Catalyst Awards Dinner video. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox and our social channels so you can spread the word and help us. Watch our Break The Barriers: #DisruptTheDefault video for inspiration!
Disrupt the NFL
How does a somewhat single mom raise a respectful son? Catalyst’s own Danielle Hughes shares her recent teaching moment around the NFL’s domestic violence issue and how her son “threw Ray Rice in the garbage.”
How can you be a disruptor?
  • Push people to take concrete action by disrupting their thinking and challenging them to do something now!
  • Change emotions and change behaviors.
  • Head over to the Catalyst website and to iama.catalyst.org and our social channels—LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and #DisruptTheDefault website for more ways to engage.
  • Share your video of why you’re a Catalyst through iama.catalyst.org
Standing Up For Emma Watson—and Feminism
Do you speak up for women? In light of Emma Watson’s UN speech, Catalyst President and CEO Deborah Gillis shares her story about claiming her feminism and speaking up and out in this blog post. “Once again, I feel compelled to stand with another woman, applauding her courage and letting her know she is not alone. I also want to echo her message and invite men to stand with us.” Read the post now.
   
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