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Catalyst Receives KICK Award Celebrating its Work on Advancing Leadership Opportunities for Women

LOS ANGELES— Catalyst received the Betsy Wood Knapp Innovator Award at The Knapp Innovation, Creativity & Knowledge (KICK) Conference, a partnership between The Knapp Foundation and UCLA Anderson School of Management, held January 22, 2010, in Los Angeles. The award is given to an individual or organization that serves as a contemporary role model for women, and exemplifies innovation, entrepreneurship, and character. Catalyst is the first-ever recipient of the award, and was recognized for its dedication to providing extensive gender-related research, building inclusive workplaces, and expanding opportunities for women and business.
”Catalyst continues to work towards a world that supports and encourages every women in her career aspirations and places no limits on where her skills and energy can take her,” said Ilene H. Lang, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst. “We are honored to receive the Betsy Wood Knapp Innovator Award and believe it helps reflect Catalyst’s vision – ‘Changing workplaces. Changing lives.’”
Conceived and developed in part by the entrepreneur and co-founder of The Knapp Foundation Betsy Wood Knapp, the KICK Conference was designed to offer women insights about leadership and inspire and empower women across generations with new tools to achieve success. The event, also presented by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, brought together more than 300 business, government, academic, and industry leaders, along with current MBA, college, and high school women and men.
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 Established in 1993, by Cleon T. (Bud) and Betsy Wood Knapp, The Knapp Foundation seeks to enrich the artistic, intellectual and physical qualities of life through its support of the cultural and economic well-being of our communities.
The Foundation supports projects and research which accomplish the following:

  • Strengthen the programs of institutions
  • Incorporate new media and technology
  • Utilize innovative strategie

UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and more than 400 preeminent corporations as members, 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.