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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    Ten Numbers That Reveal Australia’s Gender-Equality Challenge

    Australian employers are required to report every year on pay and the composition of their workforce, by gender. Here’s what the latest data shows us:

    15.4%: The percentage of CEOs or heads of businesses that are women. While women make up nearly half the total workforce, their representation...

    November 24, 2015 by Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Australia

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    Busting Myths About ERGs, One Resource at a Time

    Catalyst just kicked off the second year of its Employee Resource Leadership Initiative (ERLI), which consists of an annual conference, regional roundtables around the world, and avid social networking. While we’ve been working with ERGs since the 1980s, we have learned a lot over the last year...

    November 19, 2015 by Candice Morgan

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    The Power of Asking “How Can We Do Better?”

    As two working moms with six children between us, you might think we have the whole work-life thing licked.  From 1997 when Nancy’s oldest, Julian, was born, to July 2015 when Andrea Taylor Hume made her debut, we have juggled, flexed, balanced, and just about any other term you can think of to...

    November 16, 2015 by Cara Hume, Nancy Dunn

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    Advancing Women Is Good For Business!

    Nearly a century after women gained the right to vote in the United States, their economic equality and full participation in society remains elusive. There is a significant gender-based pay gap, a glass ceiling, and a lack of basic policies to support women in the workforce. 

    This must change.


    November 13, 2015 by Don Beyer

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    The People’s Cabinet

    I wrote this post about a week ago on a flight from Tokyo to Toronto, where I was headed to celebrate Catalyst Canada Honours  with my colleagues and Canadian business leaders.  

    The inspiration for the blog came earlier that day when I picked up a copy of an English-language Japanese newspaper...

    November 12, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    In Hockey and Business, Talent Is Key to Building Winning Teams

    When it comes to Canada’s competitiveness on the global stage, we needn’t look much further than hockey. Hockey talent abounds across this country, in small towns, big cities, girls’ and boys’ leagues, and on women and men’s national teams. We source it out, we develop it, and we put it to work....

    November 10, 2015 by Alex Johnston

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    Work Life Balance—Not Just for VIPs

    Work-life issues have been driving some big decisions in politics lately. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who is now Speaker of the House, made it clear that he will not give up family time in his new role. Vice President Joe Biden announced that he will not run for President, in part because he and his...

    November 5, 2015 by Liz Brinkerhoff

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    Ask Deborah: What Is Catalyst’s “Expert Community” Doing to Increase Inclusion?

    Recently I kicked off Catalyst’s third in-person Expert Community event in Boston. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces—as well as a number of new faces—in the room, and to feel united in our shared commitment to building inclusive workplaces.  

    What is Catalyst’s Expert...

    November 2, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    Why Women Don't Want to Work for You: An Open Letter to Management

    After reading an eye-opening recent Forbes article about Millennials, I decided “management” might appreciate another letter about some talent issues that seem equally difficult for many company leaders to comprehend.

    An Open Letter to Management:

    Score! You hired a high-potential, career...

    October 29, 2015 by Tory Paez

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    Meet Our 2015 Catalyst Canada Honours Champions!

    The Catalyst Canada Honours annually recognizes leaders who accelerate progress for women in Canadian business through inclusion. Recognizing that inclusive workplaces are good for business, these exceptional individuals serve as powerful role models for corporate Canada.

    Please join us at our...

    October 27, 2015 by Catalyst