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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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    Work-Life Balance Shouldn’t be for Parents Only

    Recent discussions of work-life balance have focused too much on the needs of the traditional nuclear family, while leaving a key demographic to the side: people without children. This category includes those at the beginning of their careers, men and women who can’t or choose not to have...

    July 22, 2013 by Conrad Liveris

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    Why Not Invest in Women?

    While waiting to be interviewed for a board director position, a senior executive woman at a Fortune 100 company overhears the Board Chair ask the recruiter, “Why are we interviewing her?”

    Is the Board Chair’s reaction surprising? Perhaps not. Despite all the lip service being paid to women’s...

    July 17, 2013 by Brande Stellings, JD

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    Working Flexibly: Walking the Walk, Not Just Talking the Talk

    For many years, I ran my own business, providing freelance editorial and project management services to clients throughout North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia—all while never leaving the comfort of my home in rural New Hampshire, where I raised two children, neither of whom attended daycare...

    July 15, 2013 by Nancy Hendryx

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    There’s More to Leadership Than Being in Charge

    The contributions of non-staff guest bloggers to Catalyzing represent the views of the author and not necessarily those of Catalyst Inc. Queries about this post should be left in the Comments section below and/or addressed directly to Cindy Skrzycki at GlobalPost.

    Workplace sexism takes many...

    July 12, 2013 by Cindy Skrzycki

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    Even for the Young and the Restless, Sponsorship Matters

    When I think about sponsorship in the workplace, I picture a high-potential employee riding the willing back of a senior leader straight to Executive Wonderland.  After all, Catalyst research shows that sponsorship matters. And many of today’s top companies and firms are trying to create...

    July 10, 2013 by Audrey Gallien

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    Flexibility at Work—What's Really Going On?

    Recent press coverage of flexible work options at major U.S. companies hasn’t been encouraging.

    Earlier this year, Yahoo, following Bank of America's flex-reducing footsteps, ended its telecommuting option. Just a week later, Best Buy terminated its decade-old flexible work program.

    But if you...

    July 8, 2013 by Anna Beninger

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    On Sponsorship: Why Might a Sponsor Choose Me?

    This month, we’ll be focusing on the power of sponsorship: what it means, why it’s important, and how to get it. We’re kicking off our coverage with today’s guest blog post by a Dublin-based Diversity & Inclusion professional who shares some practical tips for attracting a sponsor. As we delve...

    July 5, 2013 by Aoife Flood

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    #WomenCan Spotlight: Cynthia G. Marshall

    Welcome to the latest in our series of #WomenCan profiles, highlighting executives who are Catalysts for change in their careers and their companies. This week, the spotlight is on Cynthia G. Marshall,  Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, AT&T, who empowers employees to be comfortable being...

    July 1, 2013 by Catalyst

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    CCH Champions Change Minds—and Workplaces—in Corporate Canada

    If there is any group of people who understand that “Women Can,” it’s the Catalyst Canada Honours Champions. The 2013 Champions, like their predecessors in the past three years, have demonstrated the truth of that principle throughout their careers.

    The five Champions, in three categories,...

    June 25, 2013 by Alex Johnston

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    #WomenCan Spotlight: Kathleen P. Marvel

    Welcome to the latest in our series of #WomenCan profiles, highlighting executives who are Catalysts for change in their careers and their companies. This week, the spotlight is on Kathleen P. Marvel, former Chief Diversity Officer at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Now retired, Kathy...

    June 21, 2013 by Catalyst