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Annual Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner March 8 on 2017 International Women’s Day With Dinner Chair David S. Taylor, CEO, The Procter and Gamble Company

New York City, N.Y., December 15, 2016—Catalyst today announced its 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner will be held on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017, at the New York Hilton Midtown. With the theme “Leadership Redefined,” the events will celebrate transformational leaders and innovative corporate initiatives that strive to accelerate progress for women in the workforce. More than 1,600 attendees, including CEOs, leading executives from top global corporations, professional firms, governments, NGOs and educational institutions will participate.

The Catalyst Awards Conference will offer one-of-a-kind solutions in sessions focusing on the impact of inclusive leadership, cultures and workplaces, including lessons learned from the soon-to-be-selected 2017 Catalyst Award-winning initiative(s), which are groundbreaking diversity and inclusion programs addressing the recruitment, development and advancement of all women. 

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Catalyst awarding corporate initiatives; since 1987, we have recognized 85 initiatives at 79 organizations around the world. Previous Catalyst Award-winning initiatives include those from Gap Inc. (Women and Opportunity, 2016), Chevron Corporation and Procter & Gamble (2015), Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation (2014). The 2017 Catalyst Award-winning initiative(s) will be announced next month.

In celebration of the Catalyst Award-winning initiative(s), the Catalyst Awards Dinner will take place the evening of Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The Dinner chair is David S. Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Procter and Gamble Company. 

“For three decades, Catalyst has brought together experts from around the world to share their knowledge and shape the dialogue about being more visible with gender equality efforts—creating a supportive community that is committed to fostering inclusive workplaces,” said Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst. “We look forward to next year’s events serving, in part, as a roadmap to a more inclusive future by helping leaders and organizations rethink old definitions and create a new vision for workplaces and the world.”

In addition, Catalyst has been selected as an official charity partner for the International Women’s Day organization in support of its 2017 theme, #BeBoldForChange. International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, and Catalyst is pleased to be the thought leader for all those seeking parity in the workplace and the world.

Learn more about registration and table reservation details for the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner. For questions regarding the 2017 Catalyst Awards Dinner, please contact [email protected].

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About Catalyst

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 supporting organizations, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women's advancement with the Catalyst Award