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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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    A New Year—and a New Era for Women in Business

    Each new year brings the gift of a fresh start. For me, it’s always been a hopeful time, when anything and everything feels possible. So, as I begin my tenure as Catalyst’s new CEO, I want to share with you my most cherished hopes for 2014. I have a tough act to follow. Ilene Lang has been a...

    January 2, 2014 by Deborah Gillis

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    Happy Holidays From Catalyst!

    Thank you for working with us toward another year of significant change for women and the workplace.

    Together, we are all Catalysts!

    December 24, 2013 by Catalyst

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    Catalyst Board Names Ilene H. Lang Honorary Director of the Catalyst Board of Directors

    The following tribute was presented by Catalyst’s Board of Directors to our President & CEO, Ilene H. Lang, at the Catalyst CEO Summit on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Ilene will step down on January 1, 2014. Deborah Gillis, Catalyst’s Chief Operating Officer, will succeed her....

    December 19, 2013 by Catalyst

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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.


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