I Am A Catalyst

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Recent Events

  • October 22, 2015: Inclusive Leadership Workshop: Japan—Catalyst research has found that inclusive leaders drive employee innovation and team citizenship, both of which have a profound impact on team productivity and product ingenuity. In Catalyst's Inclusive Leadership Workshop, supported by Google Japan, approximately 30 Catalyst member companies and friends became equipped with the skills to create more inclusive workplaces. The interactive workshop began with brief remarks on the potential of women leaders in Japan, the unconscious bias that gets in the way of fully leveraging diverse talent, and the organizational benefits of encouraging four essential components of inclusive leadership, empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility. In group discussions, participants explored and shared examples of inclusive leadership behaviors and actions they could take as individuals. After the session, Google Japan provided refreshments and attendees stayed for networking to develop new personal connections. Attendees have returned to their workplaces with a renewed commitment to inclusion and many simple yet effective actions to practice. 
  • September 30, 2015: Engaging Men in Gender InitiativesApproximate 70 guests gathered at Deutsche Bank Group’s Sanno Park Tower office in Tokyo to discuss the critical role that men have to play in creating the inclusive Japanese workplace of the future. Too often, men remain an untapped resource in gender initiatives, although they are an essential par tof the solution. Catalyst research shows that the more men are aware of gender inequalities, and the more they are engaged and motivated to take intentional action, the more likely they are to lead efforts to close the gender gap. The event set the stage to explore these findings and the experiences of attendees. After welcoming remarks from Tsukiko Tsukahara, Vice President, Catalyst Japan, and Makoto Kuwahara, Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank Group in Japan, guests heard a compelling presentation from Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Global Marketing, Catalyst. Several group breakout sessions then followed the presentation. 
  • In August, Catalyst President & CEO Deborah Gillis participated in several events in Tokyo:
    • August 28, 2015: Keynote speech at the World Assembly for Women events in Tokyo. Watch the video and view the retrospective.

    • August 31, 2015: Catalyst event with US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on inclusive leadership. View the retrospective.

    • August 31, 2015:  Keynote speech at the Tokyo Symposium. View the retrospective and photos.

About Catalyst

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business globally. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 member 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.

What does “Catalyst” mean?

  • A Catalyst (カタリスト) is an agent for change.

  • A Catalyst is dedicated to making change for women and the workplace. You understand that when workplaces embrace all leadership talent—regardless of gender—that businesses, society, and lives change for the better. You can make a difference. You can make change happen. You can be a Catalyst.

What We Do

We act as a catalyst through our pioneering research, our tools and services, our events, and our Awards. Together, our offerings raise awareness of how diversity benefits today’s global businesses, and provide guidance on how to enact real change. Our global lens and regional reach allow us to provide our members, the media, and the public with information and advice on creating workplaces that enable women and their employers to succeed. We invite organizations, women and men to join with us in building the inclusion that will make business, society and lives change for the better.

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Join Us

Catalyst members join a global community of organizations striving to develop and improve ways to recruit, retain, and advance women in the workplace. Different benefit packages are offered to accommodate member priorities. All members receive exclusive access to high impact content, events, and services. In addition, Research Partners support our research and join an elite community of organizations committed to making change.

About Catalyst Japan

Founded in 2014, Catalyst Japan shares its knowledge and solutions about diversity and inclusion in the workplace with the Japanese business community and government, helping transform the workforce with the power of women.