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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    International Women’s Day: The Instant Messages

    March 27, 2013 by Liz Mulligan-Ferry, Rachel Soares

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    What’s Wrong with this Picture? Everything.

    Picture this: three scantily clad, bound-and-gagged women stashed in the trunk of a car, with a smiling man at the wheel. This isn’t from the latest news story on rape or abduction. It’s from a prospective ad campaign in India for the Ford Figo.

    Images of this sadistic campaign leaked last...

    March 25, 2013 by Ilene H. Lang

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    What Ursula Burns Taught Me at the 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference

    Throughout our lives we come across individuals whose stories leave an impact on us. At Tuesday’s 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference, I had the privilege of sitting in on a conversation between Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang and a woman whose journey has truly inspired me: Ursula Burns,...

    March 21, 2013 by Brandee Sanders

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    Congratulations to our 2013 Catalyst Award Winners!

    Each year since 1987, Catalyst has honored exceptional initiatives that advance women in the corporate world with our prestigious Catalyst Award. We are very proud to celebrate three far-reaching initiatives in 2013:

    Click on the image below to learn more about the initiatives from Ilene H. Lang,...

    March 15, 2013 by Catalyst

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    Why Smart Companies Value Flexibility

    Pop quiz: what workplace advantage—recently in the news because it’s on the chopping block at several major companies—increases productivity, efficiency, and work-life effectiveness and benefits employers and employees alike?

    Answer: flexibility.

    I’ve observed many company cultures around...

    March 13, 2013 by Julie S. Nugent

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    A Wish on International Women’s Day

    “It’s 2013, the face of the nation is changing and to be competitive, to win in business today, you need to change with the demographics of the nation.”

    The quote above reflects Catalyst’s position on why advancing women in business is the smart thing to do for companies seeking an edge....

    March 8, 2013 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Ready to Lead

    Women aspire to lead—and companies must provide them with opportunities do so. This is why Catalyst is supporting the innovative Lean In campaign. As Catalyst COO Deborah Gillis makes clear, when companies lean in by empowering champions to sponsor and develop top talent, everyone wins.


    March 6, 2013 by Deborah Gillis

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    Two Lessons from the Boardroom

    Below is a guest post from Carolina Klint, Country General Manager of AIG in Sweden.


    The venue’s address was in the board pack. Approaching an impressive building in the old part of town, I was both excited and nervous. As the first woman to serve on this ancient and very traditional...

    March 4, 2013 by Carolina Klint

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    More Face Time at Work? This Doesn’t Work for Me

    A recent memo from Yahoo! management calling for all virtual workers to begin working from the office has reignited the discussion surrounding work-life effectiveness and flexibility. Responses were rapid and widespread, from a Google exec who agreed with Yahoo’s new policy to Virgin CEO Richar...

    February 27, 2013 by Emily V. Troiano

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    Employers in India: Change Workplaces, Change Lives

    Today’s Take 5, based on conversations with representatives of Catalyst India member companies, includes recommendations for India-based organizations committed to advancing women in the workplace:

    #1: Safety is Essential

    Entering the 'campus' of a typical large global company—where anywhere...

    February 22, 2013 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD