Catalyst BlogCatalyzing 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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    As India Celebrates 67 Years of Independence, Women Demand Freedom of Their Own

    Following a recent brutal string of sexual attacks on both local women and Western tourists, many are wondering: is India safe for women to visit—or live in?

    Women traveling alone in India are typically given a long list of “dos” and “don’ts.” Whether in a large city or a small town, we are...

    August 15, 2013 by Nikki Lamba

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    Talent Management Across Cultures: The GIST of It, Part 3

    For the final installment of our three-part series, Catalyst’s Global Issues Specialty Team (GIST) invited three cross-cultural experts to discuss dimensions of diversity. In Part 1, we asked our experts to share how business managers can successfully adapt when working in another culture. In...

    August 14, 2013 by Catalyst’s Global Issues Specialty Team

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    Crossing Cultures: The GIST of It, Part 2

    The goal of Catalyst’s Global Issues Specialty Team (GIST) is to understand culture, nationality, and other dimensions of diversity—and how they can impact business and working relationships.

    In the second blog in our three-part series on Catalyst’s GIST, we’ve invited three cross-cultural...

    August 13, 2013 by Catalyst’s Global Issues Specialty Team

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    Adapting to Difference: The GIST of It, Part 1

    Diversity in the workplace should not be limited to gender; rather, it should envelop all aspects of a person, including his or her race, culture, and national identity. Understanding these other dimensions of diversity—and how they can impact business and working relationships—is the goal of...

    August 12, 2013 by Catalyst’s Global Issues Specialty Team

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    Why Canadian Companies Should Make it Easier for Dad to Stay Home, Too

    When their second daughter was born, two years after the first, Laura and Paul* decided they would both take leave to care for their children. Laura took maternity leave for the first six months.

    For the next four months, Dad took over. Paul cared for his infant daughter, encouraged the...

    August 7, 2013 by Donna McCready

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    Benevolent Sexism: The Real Barrier Holding Women Back

    Is sexism less harmful than other “isms”? Read Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang’s insightful editorial, which ran in today’s issue of the British newspaper The Guardian—and let us know what you think in the comments section!

    Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the R&A, which...

    August 6, 2013 by Ilene H. Lang

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    #WomenCan Spotlight: Dianne Lynne Bevelander

    Welcome to the latest in our series of #WomenCan profiles, highlighting executives and experts who are Catalysts for change within their companies and fields. This week, the spotlight is on Dianne Lynne Bevelander, Associate Dean, MBA Programs, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University,...

    August 5, 2013 by Catalyst

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    European Maternity Leave Is Generous, but Equality Is Elusive

    During a recent four-city roundtable tour in London, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Madrid, Catalyst Europe considered how best to engage men in gender diversity efforts and discussions of masculinity in the workplace. We wanted to learn from men themselves what it’s going to take to move the needle...

    August 2, 2013 by Jeff Barth

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    Diversity and Inclusion: A Journey, Not a Destination

    Frequently, I encounter individuals who are concerned that their company needs to increase internal diversity efforts before they could qualify to join as a Catalyst member organization. Many perceive Catalyst as a final destination or a “stamp of approval” signifying that their organization has...

    July 31, 2013 by Erin Leonty

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    “Me? Sponsor Her? I couldn’t possibly…”

    When you think about it, sponsorship is a completely natural, organic activity. When we encounter someone we think is fantastic, we want to tell everyone we know. But at work, the problem is that we all have an inner filter that judges those most like us more favorably than those who aren’t—all...

    July 29, 2013 by Catalyst