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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    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

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    Mind the Gap: Why Feminism Needs Young Men

    As a 21-year-old male, it saddens me to say that young men don’t always get why gender equality for women is still an issue. With women often accounting for the majority of graduates at our colleges and universities, it’s not readily apparent why they wouldn’t advance as quickly as males...

    November 13, 2014 by Conrad Liveris

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    Women on Boards Series: My Value Proposition

    Last month we heard from Sandra Stuart’s board sponsor, Sarah E. Raiss, about what sets Sandra apart—and how you, too, can stand out from the crowd! This month, Sandra shares more of what she’s learned from Sarah about how to make yourself an attractive candidate for board service. In ad...

    November 11, 2014 by Sandra Stuart

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    Takeaways From Yale’s “Gender Rules” Conference

    If you’re a woman in academia, you probably don’t have time to ponder the complexities of balancing motherhood with the pursuit of tenure; once you find yourself with child, there’s not much to do but keep your head down, plow ahead on all fronts, and try to make it work.

    But we’ve known for...

    November 7, 2014 by Raina Lipsitz