Catalyst Awards Conference



About the Catalyst Awards Conference

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. This gathering of experts is one of the strongest communities of change, shaping the global dialogue and individual organizational diversity and inclusion strategies in accordance with Catalyst's Vision: Changing workplaces. Changing lives.

The 2016 Catalyst Awards Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

Approximately 700 corporate leaders and members of the media attend this one-of-a-kind. As past years have shown, the Conference provides a high-level audience with innovative strategies, research, and expertise on the subject of creating inclusive leadership, cultures, and workplaces. 

Details to come later this fall. Until then, check out highlights from the March Event!

Disrupt The Default!

#DisruptTheDefault, the theme of the 2015 Catalyst Awards Conference, serves as a call to action for companies and individuals to shake up the way we think, speak, and act, and to make bold moves that will forge meaningful change for women, as well as men, in the workplace and the world. Approximately 700 attendees joined us March 26, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for a full day of speakers, action sessions, and inspiration:


  • #DisruptTheDefault because change won’t happen without you!

  • #DisruptTheDefault because you can build awareness and make change.

  • #DisruptTheDefault means more smart talking and more immediate doing.

  • #DisruptTheDefault means saying “no” to the status quo.

Highlights of the 2015 Catalyst Awards Conference included:

Sessions spotlighting the 2015 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives from Chevron Corporation and Procter & Gamble.

Mary BarraKeynote Speaker
Mary T. Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company



Change Agent Action Sessions

  • Addressing Inclusion and “Otherness” in the Workplace

  • Disarm: Forget What You Think You Know About Millennials

  • Disrupt: Redefining the Role of Men as Full Partners in Gender Equality

  • Interrupting Unconscious Bias

A screening of The Mask You Live In, a new film by The Representation Project.

The 2015 Catalyst Awards Conference was sponsored by Walmart. Check out the complete Agenda and retrospective. 


Catalyst Awards Conference Retrospectives