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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    Does Boardroom Diversity Matter to Young Women? In a Word: Yes!

    As a millennial working to achieve diversity on corporate boards, I often have to explain to my peers not just what my job is, exactly, but also why it exists. Most twenty-somethings don’t fully understand the corporate structure where they work, let alone know what percentage of US board seats...

    December 16, 2013 by Kerry Goodenow

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    Men Who Get It: Stepping Out to Success

    Want to climb the ladder to professional success? Try stepping outside of your comfort zone! As Doug Conant, retired President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company, once advised Campbell’s current CEO, Denise Morrison: “You’ve got to get out if you hope to get up…” His advice worked for Ms. Morrison: “I...

    December 12, 2013 by Doug Conant

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    Look, Ma! No Progress!

    Every year, Catalyst unveils its annual Fortune 500 Census. And every year we try to find a new headline for the same old news. This year it’s, “Still No Progress After Years of No Progress. Last year it was, “No Change for Women in Top Leadership.” In 2011, “Women’s Leadership” was “Still...

    December 9, 2013 by Raina Lipsitz

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    Men Who Get It: Investing in Women’s Success

    What is stopping women from taking on (or being offered) the hot jobs they need to advance? For a woman colleague of Gerald Lema, Chairman and President, Japan, Baxter International Inc., and member of Catalyst’s Board of Directors, it was the thought of relocating her family from Australia to...

    December 6, 2013 by Gerald Lema

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    Is Corporate Canada Leaving Women Behind?

    Imagine the reaction if Mike Babcock or Dan Church, the coaches for the men’s and women’s Canadian hockey teams, were to bench half the team when the Winter Olympics opens in Sochi in a few months. Hard to imagine we’d bring home a gold medal if they did.

    So why aren’t we more outraged by...

    December 3, 2013 by Alex Johnston

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    Having a Voice and a Choice

    For the next several months, we’ll be showcasing a series of inspiring “I Am A Catalyst” videos on our blog. Along with our “Men Who Get It” videos, they feature champions and role models who are Catalysts for change within their workplaces, communities, and industries—in short, these are men...

    November 26, 2013 by Rima K. Matsumoto

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    What I Learned From Benazir Bhutto—and My First Boss

    Earlier on Catalyzing we ran a Women Can profile of Josefine M.C. van Zanten, Senior Vice President, ONE DSM Culture Agenda, DSM, The Netherlands. We recently had an opportunity to learn more about the role models who inspired Ms. van Zanten to become a Catalyst for change in her field.

    There...

    November 25, 2013 by Josefine M.C. van Zanten

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    Fathers Are Parents, Too

    I’ve had the privilege of being an at-home dad for over eight years. It's a privilege because my wife and I are financially stable enough for me to work without a paycheck. It’s a privilege because I’ve been able to battle through my own internal conflicts, society's gender stereotypes, certain...

    November 21, 2013 by Matt Schneider

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    Change Begins With Awareness

    For the next several months, we’ll be showcasing a series of inspiring “I Am A Catalyst” videos on our blog. Along with our “Men Who Get It” videos, they feature champions and role models who are Catalysts for change within their workplaces, communities, and industries—in short, these are men...

    November 20, 2013 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

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    Work-Life Balance Should Be Liberating, Not Oppressive

    Picture a circus balancing act in which the performer stands one-legged atop a ball while juggling flaming torches. Sound terrifying? You bet! But this image captures how many working women feel on a daily basis.

    As with other high-pressure professions, a career in law (my chosen field) is...

    November 18, 2013 by Kate Broer