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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    Why Smart Companies Value Flexibility

    Pop quiz: what workplace advantage—recently in the news because it’s on the chopping block at several major companies—increases productivity, efficiency, and work-life effectiveness and benefits employers and employees alike?

    Answer: flexibility.

    I’ve observed many company cultures around...

    March 13, 2013 by Julie S. Nugent

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    A Wish on International Women’s Day

    “It’s 2013, the face of the nation is changing and to be competitive, to win in business today, you need to change with the demographics of the nation.”

    The quote above reflects Catalyst’s position on why advancing women in business is the smart thing to do for companies seeking an edge....

    March 8, 2013 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Ready to Lead

    Women aspire to lead—and companies must provide them with opportunities do so. This is why Catalyst is supporting the innovative Lean In campaign. As Catalyst COO Deborah Gillis makes clear, when companies lean in by empowering champions to sponsor and develop top talent, everyone wins.

    Ile...

    March 6, 2013 by Deborah Gillis

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    Two Lessons from the Boardroom

    Below is a guest post from Carolina Klint, Country General Manager of AIG in Sweden.

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    The venue’s address was in the board pack. Approaching an impressive building in the old part of town, I was both excited and nervous. As the first woman to serve on this ancient and very traditional...

    March 4, 2013 by Carolina Klint

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    More Face Time at Work? This Doesn’t Work for Me

    A recent memo from Yahoo! management calling for all virtual workers to begin working from the office has reignited the discussion surrounding work-life effectiveness and flexibility. Responses were rapid and widespread, from a Google exec who agreed with Yahoo’s new policy to Virgin CEO Richar...

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    Employers in India: Change Workplaces, Change Lives

    Today’s Take 5, based on conversations with representatives of Catalyst India member companies, includes recommendations for India-based organizations committed to advancing women in the workplace:

    #1: Safety is Essential

    Entering the 'campus' of a typical large global company—where anywhere...

    February 22, 2013 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

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    So, Who’s Counting?

    There may be six women premiers in Canada, but they would be hard-pressed to find their equivalent leadership in Canadian business. The 2012 Catalyst Census: Financial Post 500 Women Senior Officers and Top Earners shows no significant increase in women among senior officers and top earners.

    Some...

    February 19, 2013 by Alex Johnston

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    The Value of Looking Within

    Clients often come to Catalyst concerned about a “stuck point,” a “fall-off,” or a gap between women and men at a particular level within their companies. They describe a feeling of “drowning in data” and ask questions like, “How can I figure out what data matters?” or “How do I make ...

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    When Disaster Strikes, Flexible Organizations Are Prepared

    Hurricane Sandy may seem like old news, but those of us who work in downtown Manhattan, where Catalyst is headquartered, are still getting back on our feet: our phone service is unreliable, generators continue to clog the streets, and our favorite lunch spots are still shut down and even...

    February 8, 2013 by Amelia Costigan

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    Take 5: Actions for Success

    Everyone’s got advice for women, and much of that advice is related to career advancement. Some of it is even pretty good. But it’s wise to think about what certain advice means in the context of your organization before following it. Recent Catalyst research provides examples of specific...

    February 6, 2013 by David Lau