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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    Spring Comes to Canada

    Every year about this time, there is that one day when you feel a shift. The snow is deep on the ground, and we’re carefully balancing over icy sidewalks. It’s cold. It still looks like winter. But the air is lighter. The sun is warmer. And you believe in your heart what your mind has been...

    March 3, 2014 by Alex Johnston

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    All the Single Ladies

    As I was perusing Facebook after the New Year, I couldn’t help but notice all of the engagement photos in between all of the “New Year, New Me” posts and other status updates about weight loss resolutions. It looked as if my newsfeed had been swamped with Jared Jewelry advertisements. While I’m...

    February 27, 2014 by Brandee Sanders

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    Men Who Get It: Breaking Barriers With Flexibility

    Why are flexible workplaces so important? “Growing up in a one-parent family, I saw at first hand the negative impact that an employer’s rigid approach around how my mother worked held my mother back in terms of her career and her aspirations…and the strains and stresses it caused on us as a...

    February 25, 2014 by Stephen Ingledew

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    When Stereotypes Are Disguised as “Professional” Advice

    A few years ago, I was working as an organizational psychologist in the United States. With some great experience in employee assessment under my belt, I started to wonder about other opportunities in my field. Leadership development and coaching seemed especially intriguing to me. There was one...

    February 20, 2014 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

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    Men Who Get It: Successful Teams Embrace Diversity

    Why is it important to advance more women to leadership positions? Because, says Guy Outen, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Portfolio & Planning, Shell International Ltd., “Winning and successful teams are made up of people who are not all the same but frankly are from all different...

    February 18, 2014 by Guy Outen

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    Four Barriers We’d LOVE to Bust!

    What do Catalyst staffers want for Valentine’s Day? Forget about chocolate and flowers! For us, the best gift would be a workforce where women around the world can contribute fully, get paid equitably, and have the same opportunities as men to lead.

    To get there, we have to continue our efforts...

    February 13, 2014 by Catalyst

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    The Woman I Admire Most Never Had It All

    As a young child, Tuesdays and Thursdays were my favorite days. While the enticingly sweet chocolate chip cookies were an added bonus, the real treat was getting to spend the afternoon with my mother, who was always willing to put down her pile of legal papers to talk junior high crushes. Back...

    February 12, 2014 by Diana Denza

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    Demystifying the Male Advocate (Hint: It's Not All About My Mom)

    Recently, tech writer Milo Yiannopoulos wrote a post in which he claimed that "the women in tech experiment has been a disaster." It included a line that I found rather odd: "I do find male women in tech activists deeply mystifying." 

    While this certainly prompted ire from smart women, I'm not...

    February 10, 2014 by Matt Wallaert

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    Not Just a Matter of Time

    “It’s only a matter of time…”

    This is what David, a respected partner at PwC, said on my first day as a staff assistant in accounting. He was answering an innocent question posed by one of the new hires: “Why are there no female partners in this office?” I was one of only three women...

    February 6, 2014 by Susan Allen

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    Attention, Companies: Don Draper’s Days Are Numbered

    The US President said many things in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. But it was his impassioned plea for workplace equality that really stood out to me, as Catalyst’s President & CEO:

    Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man...

    February 3, 2014 by Deborah Gillis