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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    Who Took a Chance on You?

    When was the last time you took a chance on another person at your workplace? When was the last time you really advocated for a colleague? Or the last time someone did the same for you? Maybe you recommended a star performer for a high-visibility project, or perhaps a mentor sang your praises to...

    May 28, 2013 by Liz Mulligan-Ferry, Julie S. Nugent

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    In Death as in Life, Trailblazing Women Are Trivialized

    She was undoubtedly a leader and a trailblazer in her field. But when rocket scientist Yvonne Brill died and The New York Times recorded her life’s achievements in a prominent obituary, she was trumpeted as “the world’s best mom” who made a “mean beef stroganoff.” At a time when most women...

    May 23, 2013 by Cindy Skrzycki

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    #WomenCan Spotlight: Abbe Luersman

    Welcome to our new series of  #WomenCan profiles, highlighting exceptional female executives who are Catalysts for change in their careers and their companies. Learn how these smart leaders are rising up the ranks, changing corporate mindsets, and addressing and overcoming stereotypes about what...

    May 21, 2013 by Catalyst

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    “Women Can” And “I Am a Catalyst”: Two Sides of the Same Coin

    Last year we launched “I Am A Catalyst” and last week we unveiled our new Women Can campaign. Wondering how they fit together? They’re two sides of the same coin!

    Women Can is about harnessing top talent to create dynamic and inclusive workplaces. It’s about sweeping away embedded societal...

    May 20, 2013 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Women Can...Be on Canadian Boards

    Each country does it differently. Norway, Spain, and France have opted for quotas. The United Kingdom and the United States require disclosure. The Australian Stock Exchange has a “comply or explain” requirement.

    And now, Canada has an advisory committee, whose members possess the best brains...

    May 16, 2013 by Alex Johnston

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    Mothers and Daughters Can: Our Day and Our Time

    It’s 6:15 am. My alarm launches into music, signaling the start of a new day.  My 9-year-old daughter, Morgan, is also awake, prepping for a full day: 3rd grade math, science, and reading, followed by after-school volleyball, tutoring, and some downtime with her 3-year-old brother.

    It’s now 6...

    May 13, 2013 by Dnika J. Travis, PhD

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    Talent Is the New Buzzword in the Netherlands

    Change often creeps up on us, and a new phase in the Netherlands may just be starting—one in which we stop accepting traditional notions of what talent looks like, and instead embrace new attitudes towards talent that are not defined by gender.

    At a recent Catalyst Europe Roundtable here in...

    May 9, 2013 by Caroline Pickard

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    What If?

    Until relatively recently, medical research largely ignored women, assuming that what was true for men would apply to women, or that women’s bodies were simply variations on the standard human (read: male) body.

    Research suggests that the habit of treating male experience as the norm, with no...

    May 6, 2013 by David Lau

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    The Evolution of Women’s Empowerment at The Coca-Cola Company

    How can companies attract, engage and retain the very best talent? It’s all about empowering women, says Kathleen Ciaramello, Vice-President of East Zone at Coca-Cola Refreshments. The Coca-Cola Company’s initiative, Global Women’s Initiative: Women as the Real Drivers of the 21st Century,...

    May 2, 2013 by Guest Blogger

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    Take 5: Questioning Quotas

    To legislate, or not to legislate—that is the question.

    On April 18th, 2013, the German parliament became the most recent EU government to reject legally mandated quotas for women on corporate boards. This follows a pushback led last year by Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark against...

    May 1, 2013 by Allyson Zimmermann