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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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    Rising to the Top: The Importance of Resources for Women of Color

    If I could choose one word to describe myself, it would be “resourceful.” At an early age, I quickly learned that locating and securing resources was an important part of navigating life. My mother constantly praised my ability to figure things out on my own. Whether it was reading a book about...

    October 15, 2015 by Courtney McCluney

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    Four Leaders Who Exemplify Inclusive Leadership

    At Catalyst we often talk about the four behaviors our global research has linked to inclusion: empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility—or, as we like to call them, “EACH,” as in “each and every one of us” has the power to develop these traits!

    The best leaders know it takes...

    October 13, 2015 by Raina Lipsitz

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    Work-Life “Balance” Got You Down?

    You didn’t hear your alarm go off and woke up late for work. You’re scrambling to get your first grader ready for school, feed the dog, reschedule a meeting with an important client, and get your recycling out to the curb, when your babysitter calls—he’s sick and won’t be able to care for your...

    October 7, 2015 by Liz Mulligan-Ferry

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    Ask Deborah: What’s Catalyst Doing for Women Around the World?

    Recently I traveled to Australia, Japan, and India on behalf of Catalyst. Every time I visit a new country, my understanding of the challenges working women face grows—and so does my optimism about the level of attention paid to these issues and the opportunities for progress. 

    My travels...

    October 5, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    The Things We Cannot See: Changing What We Think, Want and Believe When It Comes to Girls and Power

    Although women have made strides in the realm of business, there still is a lot of work to be done in efforts to get them in leadership positions. Changing the face of leadership and combating gender bias begins by inspiring and empowering girls at a young age. Rachel Simmons, Girls Leadership Co...

    October 2, 2015 by Rachel Simmons

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    Three Women Who Are Changing the Face of Leadership in Men’s Sports

    In 1996, actress Rhea Perlman starred as Phyllis Saroka in Sunset Park, a film about a woman who coached a boy’s high school basketball team from a decrepit area in Brooklyn and led them to a city championship. Twenty years later, it is still unusual for a woman to guide a men’s team. Although...

    September 24, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

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    Five Ways to Make India Inc. More Inclusive of Women

    This post originally appeared on September 11, 2015, in the India edition of The Huffington Post:

    It is a good time to be a diversity and inclusion (D&I) professional in India today—there is a surge in...

    September 22, 2015 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

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    Profiles in Disruption: Inspiring Women to Get Their MBA

    Catalyst’s #DisruptTheDefault campaign is acall to action for individuals and companies to make bold moves that forge meaningful change for women and men in the workplace—and the world! And our Profiles in Disruption blogs showcase how others are doing this in their lives and their companies...

    September 17, 2015 by Erika James

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    APJ Abdul Kalam: Humility in Leadership

    India’s former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who died on July 27, 2015, had a leadership style many would do well to emulate.

    I received the sad news of his death recently, when I called my parents in Amritsar from Washington DC. He had collapsed while giving a talk to students at IIM Shillong, and...

    September 15, 2015 by Charu Khanna

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    Creating Your Own “Stretch” Assignments (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation)

    Catalyst is full of doers: marathon runners, hikers, zip-liners; independent women and men who bring as much passion and energy to their life interests and hobbies as they do to their mission-focused work lives.

    I, however, do not share these outside interests. I am a born and raised city slicker....

    September 10, 2015 by Emily Cohen