Catalyzing

Catalyzing is the Catalyst blog, bringing together and amplifying diverse voices that share Catalyst’s mission to expand opportunities for women and business. Catalyzing reflects the wide range of opinions, ideas, and experiences of Catalyst employees, incorporating perspectives from our offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. It also features non-Catalyst industry leaders, experts, and academics committed to changing workplaces and lives. Get the RSS feed.

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    Need a Gift For a Girl? Think Outside the (Gender) Box!

    I almost made a huge mistake.

    My friend’s daughter Stella is about to turn 11. On a recent visit with her family, I chatted with this delightful kid about school, what she’s been reading, and what she’s into lately. She talked with excitement about her friends, swimming, and an anatomy unit at...

    December 18, 2014 by Emily V. Troiano

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    Millennial Voices: The View From My Path

    My best friend is beautiful; she has doe eyes and wild, curly hair. She is poised, thoughtful, and laughs at everything I say, which makes me think I'm funny, and is probably the reason I forced my friendship on her in the first place.

    My best friend has a creative job in a fantastic city and a...

    December 16, 2014 by Anne Trencher

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    ComicCon Fails Women and Girls

    ComicCon is an annual fan convention dedicated to comics, graphic novels, video games, toys, movies, and television—and it used to be my guilty pleasure until geeks and nerds took over pop culture and events like ComicCon went mainstream.

    In the 15 years during which I’ve attended...

    December 10, 2014 by Eric Molinsky

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    Stop Telling Women to Be More Confident

    A lot of people are uncomfortable with confident women—which might explain why so many women appear to lack confidence.

    I am sick of all the articles focusing on women’s supposed lack of confidence, reinforcing that tired old habit of blaming the women and insisting women are the ones who must...

    December 8, 2014 by Cheryl Yanek

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    German Mothers Deserve Work-Life Balance!

    At a recent Catalyst Europe roundtable in Dusseldorf, Isabelle Kürschner, PhD, Catalyst Consultant to the Germanic Region, led a lively discussion on flexible work arrangements. She says that the real challenge in Germany is for organizations to show mothers (and fathers) that they can be...

    December 3, 2014 by Isabelle Kürschner, PhD

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    Ask Deborah: What’s the Biggest Mistake You’ve Made—And What Did You Learn?

    Ever notice how happy most people are to describe their accomplishments—and how much less eager they are to talk about their mistakes? Catalyst research shows humility is a key trait of inclusive leadership. This month in Ask Deborah, a column we created to help readers get to know our...

    December 1, 2014 by Deborah Gillis

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    Profiles in Disruption: Inspiration from India

    At a recent women’s leadership conference in Mumbai, Shrila Sarkar, who consults for Catalyst India WRC, had the opportunity to meet some incredible activists and role models who are making bold moves that forge meaningful change for women and men in the workplace—and the world! Shrila introduces...

    November 26, 2014 by Shrila Sarkar

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    Dad: He’s Not the Babysitter

    How many of you have heard, “Oh is dad babysitting the kids today?” Or, “Isn’t it sweet that dad is spending time with the baby today at the park?” How many of you have seen dads get special looks or attention at the grocery store, at the playground, or at a restaurant? Or even better, receive...

    November 24, 2014 by Julie S. Nugent

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    Eight Crazy Unwritten Rules and How to Break Them

    Do you have some ridiculous “unwritten rules” running rampant in your organization?  You know, those rules which are not written down but seem to have taken on a life of their own?

    Here's our list of the top eight most outlandish unwritten rules which we've either experienced, seen or been...

    November 20, 2014 by Allyson Zimmermann

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    Change Is Just an ERG Away for Women in Tech

    Two years ago, my colleague Divija Alluri and I decided to take our Women’s Committee employee resource group (ERG) to the next level at our business and technology consulting firm, West Monroe Partners, which has rapidly evolved in just a few short years. We saw that the Women’s Committee...

    November 18, 2014 by Tory Paez