Prime Minister Abe holds a Catalyst Commendation presented by Deborah Gillis, President & CEO of Catalyst.


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Call for Submissions for Catalyst Special Recognition in Japan

We are calling for submissions for the Catalyst Special Recognition to honor activities that promote diversity and inclusion in Japan. Submissions will be accepted until November 30. Learn more

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Recent Event: Advancing Women in Sales and Stores: Real Life Challenges and Cross Industry Solutions

Tokyo, October 11, 2016, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m

Hosted by Johnson & Johnson K.K.
Supported by Gap Japan K.K. and Walmart Japan 
Even in companies that are prioritizing gender diversity, women have a hard time advancing into senior management positions in the male-dominated functions of sales and stores. At the same time, male leaders often don’t feel they know how to help women advance in these areas. Both of these challenges cut across many different industries without a clear solution. Join Catalyst Japan for an intriguing cross-industry panel discussion followed by a breakout session where participants will brainstorm concrete solutions they can take back to their workplaces. 

For details, click on Advancing Women in Sales and Stores: Real Life Challenges and Cross Industry Solutions

Recent Event: Catalyst Solutions Summit Japan 

On June 28, Catalyst held its first business conference in Japan, Beyond Women’s Advancement: Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Strategy—Solutions Summit Featuring the Catalyst Award. The sold-out event, which gathered 150 people from 30 companies across the region, delved into topics surrounding diversity and inclusion, how companies can utilize best global practices to develop their own strategies, and the benefits of having a diverse and inclusive workplace. Speakers included Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst; Tamaki Sato, Editor of Working Woman’s section, The Nikkei; Laura Sabattini, PhD, Vice President, Research, and Chair, Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee; Erin Nolan, Representative Director, Gap Japan K.K.; Yukiko Yoritaka, Director and General Manager, Training Institute, Human Resources Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; and Tsukiko Tsukahara, Vice President, Catalyst Japan. It proved to be an engaging and educational afternoon filled with practical solutions and actions that both attendees and their organizations could use. The summit was followed by a networking reception where attendees got the opportunity to engage with the speakers. View the retrospective and read the article (in Japanese) from Nikkei (authorized reprinting from “Marunouchi Career Academy” on July 25, 2016 evening edition, Nikkei Newspaper).

About Catalyst

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. With operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, Australia, and Japan, and more than 800 supporting 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.

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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 supporters, 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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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.