Europe

Catalyst Europe Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

Delegates from across Europe, including Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK assembled for a special Catalyst Europe anniversary event, Inclusion in Action, in Berlin on 20 June 2016 with Catalyst President and CEO Deborah Gillis and Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director in Europe for Catalyst. The event was generously hosted and sponsored by PAREXEL.

The half-day event focused on how to advance workplace inclusion. Senior German business leaders participated, including Ulf Schneider, Senior Vice President & Chief Administration Officer, PAREXEL, and Ursula Schwarzenbart, General Manager, Talent Development and Global Diversity Management, Daimler AG.  In addition, Catalyst’s European ambassadors, Isabelle Kurschner and Caroline Pickard, and the Catalyst Europe team members Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, Senior Director, and Rikia Fayne, Relationship Manager, all played important roles in the success of the event.

In her opening speech, Ms. Gillis noted that Europe was the first office that Catalyst opened outside North America (after the US and Canada) and today it also has offices in India, Australia, and Japan, as well as ambassadors and collaborators all over the world.  

One of the day’s highlights was a panel discussion that included Dr. Elke Holst, Research Director and Senior Economist at the German Institute for Economic Research, and Chuck Stephens, Head of Diversity and Inclusion EMEA at Google, along with two representatives from PAREXEL, Aida Sabo, Vice President of Diversity, and Kieran Finn, Vice President, HR Operations.

Summing up the goal of the event, Ms. Gillis urged each delegate to make a personal pledge to accelerate change for women and to transform workplaces. “Our research and my own experience show that there is a tremendous amount you can do as an individual to help create inclusive workplaces,” she said.  “Leaders who practice these behaviors drive performance and innovation that leads from breakdowns to breakthroughs.”

Upcoming Events

  • Dublin, 5 - 6 October, 2016: MARC Leaders Workshop: Engaging Men as Change Agents. This workshop is designed for emerging and senior male leaders to develop critical inclusive leadership strategies; sharpen awareness of inequalities, unconscious biases, and privilege; and hone skills to make lasting impact.

Recent Events

Future Speaking Engagements

If you are interested in a Catalyst speaker or in a consulting or workshop session, please contact [email protected].

  • FT Women at the Top: How to Achieve Gender Balance and Redefine Leadership, London, 29 September 2016: Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director in Europe for Catalyst is a speaker at this event.

Europe Media Highlights

  • Financial Times, 14 June 2016: A piece on Catalyst’s US Census data by Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, entitled “Dismal progress on women joining US boards.”  Catalyst President and CEO Deborah Gillis is quoted.

  • LSE (London School of Economics) Business Review, 1 June 2016: “Women hold a mere 23% of board seats in Europe. Stereotypes hold them back, not qualification, aspiration or career strategy.” Opinion piece by Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Catalyst Europe.

  • Womanthology, 1 June 2016: “Busted: Top ten myths about women in the workplace.” Opinion piece by Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Catalyst Europe

  • HR Magazine, 31 May 2016: “Why beating unconscious bias isn't a silver bullet.” Opinion piece by Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Catalyst Europe.

  • Financial News, 20 April 2016: “Wanted: More female mentors and sponsors in finance.”  Opinion piece by Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Catalyst Europe, to accompany the launch of the Financial News’ Women in Finance European survey.  

  • Amadeus STEM blog, 8 March 2016: “Women in tech – Still an untapped resource. How can tech companies attract and retain women?Opinion piece by Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Catalyst Europe.

  • LSE (London School of Economics) Business Review, 8 March 2016: “To improve women’s representation in business leadership, bring men on board.” Opinion piece by Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Catalyst Europe.

  • Womanthology, 27 January 2016: “Why more organisations need to recognise female talent and offer women seats at the leadership table.” Opinion piece by Allyson Zimmermann, Executive Director, Catalyst Europe.
  • City AM, 4 January 2016: “Women's networks alone can't solve companies' gender diversity problems, we need male leaders to get involved.” Opinion piece by Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, Senior Director, Catalyst Europe.
  • Der Spiegel, 4 January 2016: Allyson Zimmermann was interviewed and quoted in this piece on the new quota legislation in Germany by journalist Susanne Amann. The headline was: Frauenquote: "Männer glauben, dass es sie nicht betrifft" (Men believe it does not concern them). Allyson cited Catalyst’s Engaging Men research and the need to work with men on this issue.

About Catalyst Europe 

Catalyst Europe was founded in 2006 to provide Europe-specific, creative solutions promoting organizational inclusion and workplace innovation. From its thought-provoking events to discussions with individual members, Catalyst Europe brings fact-based, culturally relevant insight to every exchange.