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Catalyst Senior Director Katherine Giscombe Recipient of The Network Journal's "25 Influential Black Women in Business" Award

Catalyst Senior Director of Research Katherine Giscombe, Ph.D., has been named one of this year’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, a black professionals and small-business magazine based in New York City. Dr. Giscombe is being recognized for her significant research direction and contributions to groundbreaking studies on the unique experiences of women of color in the workplace. 

The 25 Awardees will be honored at The Network Journal’s 7th Annual Achievement Awards luncheon on March 24, 2005, at the New York Marquis Hotel. 

“The women we are honoring this year are in the forefront of American leadership and symbolize the diversity and advancement that has occurred across industry lines,” said The Network Journal’s publisher, Aziz Gueye Adetimirin. 

Ilene H. Lang, Catalyst President, remarked: “Catalyst is very proud of Katherine’s achievements, and that our research stream on women of color in business continues to impact the corporate world and raise awareness in the larger community.” 

Dr. Giscombe directed the Catalyst study Women of Color in Corporate Management: Opportunities and Barriers, and conducted Catalyst’s first Advisory Services engagement focused exclusively on recruiting, developing, and promoting African-American women in the workplace. She continues to lead Catalyst in creating solutions for women of color in corporate management, and is a frequent speaker at corporate and academic conferences. Dr. Giscombe received her Doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan. 

The program includes a networking reception, followed by lunch and a resentation of the awards accompanied by video profiles. This year’s Mistress of Ceremonies will be Brenda Blackmom, UPN 9 News lead anchor. The event annually attracts a “Who’s Who” of prominent business executives across various industries. 

About Catalyst
Catalyst is the leading research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. As an independent, nonprofit membership organization, Catalyst uses a solutions-oriented approach that has earned the confidence of business leaders around the world. Catalyst conducts research on all aspects of women’s career advancement and provides strategic consulting services on a global basis to help companies and firms advance women and build inclusive environments. In addition, we honor exemplary business initiatives that promote women’s leadership with our annual Catalyst Award. With offices in New York City, San Jose, California, and Toronto, Catalyst is consistently ranked No. 1 among U.S. nonprofits focused on women’s issues by The American Institute of Philanthropy. For more information, please visit