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Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente, McDonald’s Corporation, and Time Warner Inc. Honored with the 2011 Catalyst Award

NEW YORK— The 2011 Catalyst Award was presented today to Kaiser Permanente, McDonald’s Corporation, and Time Warner Inc. for their innovative and dynamic initiatives advancing women in the workplace. The Award, given during the Catalyst Awards Dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria, attracted close to 100 CEOs and leaders of major corporations, firms, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations, and over 1500 additional guests representing at least 200 national and global companies. Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation, served as Chair of the Catalyst Awards Dinner, which was sponsored by Deloitte LLP and Shell Oil Company.
“This year’s winning initiatives reflect Catalyst’s mission to expand opportunities for women and business, while transforming workplaces and improving the lives of employees,” said Ilene H. Lang, President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst. “The forward-looking companies that created these outstanding initiatives recognize that reflecting their marketplace by advancing women is good for families and communities and good for business.”
Kaiser Permanente’s initiative, Achieving Our Mission and Growing the Business Through the National Diversity Agenda, makes diversity and inclusion central to the organization’s competitive advantage and its ability to deliver culturally competent health care to its 8.7 million members. “Kaiser Permanente is honored to receive the 2011 Catalyst Award in recognition of our commitment to diversity as a core value of our organization,” said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George Halvorson. "Women who serve on Kaiser Permanente’s board of directors, as members of our senior leadership, as our executive physicians and as valued staff members at every level of our organization demonstrate that the diversity of our teams helps serve millions of diverse patients who trust Kaiser Permanente to care for their health every day.”
McDonald’s Corporation’s strong commitment to inclusion led the company to build on its successful and longstanding diversity work in the United States by creating Freedom Within a Framework: Global Women's Initiative. McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Skinner said, “We are honored that Catalyst has recognized McDonald’s global commitment to the growth and advancement of women in the workplace. We’re extremely proud of our efforts in this area, as well as all of our efforts around diversity at McDonald’s. We will remain committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace that reflects our global customer base.”
Time Warner Inc.’s initiative, Creating a Unified Culture: Investing in Our Women Leaders, uses a compelling market-oriented business case for diversity and inclusion as a foundation, and has built a new, cohesive culture across all four business divisions. “At Time Warner, our businesses rely on the ability to draw top talent from all sectors, to serve our increasingly diverse and global audiences,” said Jeff Bewkes, Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Inc. “This focus on the best talent fuels our commitment to diversity.”
The 2011 Catalyst Awards Conference, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Walmart, provided an opportunity for attendees to engage leaders and representatives of the Award-winning initiatives. Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods, was this year’s keynote speaker. For complete descriptions of past and present Catalyst Award-winning initiatives and the Catalyst Awards Conference, please visit
 Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding 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.
 The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women. Catalyst’s rigorous, year-long examination of initiatives culminates in intensive on-site evaluations at select organizations. By recognizing, sharing, and celebrating successful initiatives, Catalyst provides models for creating initiatives that are good for women and good for business.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to:
McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with more than 32,000 locations serving 60 million customers in more than 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s Corporation restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women. To learn more about the company, please visit and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (
Time Warner Inc., a global leader in media and entertainment with businesses in television networks, filmed entertainment and publishing, uses its industry-leading operating scale and brands to create, package and deliver high-quality content worldwide through multiple distribution outlets.