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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    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

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    How to Succeed in Business (By Listening to Your Mother): An Interview with Judine Agostini and Alliah Agostini Livingstone

    Today we had the privilege of chatting with Judine D. Agostini, Assistant Vice President, Team Leader, Information Technology, M & T Bank, and her daughter, Alliah Agostini Livingstone, Brand Manager, eos Products, about how they entered their respective fields—and the lessons they’ve learned...

    July 26, 2013 by Catalyst

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    Road(s) to Success for Women in India

    A while ago, a teenager asked me what I do for work. “I study the career paths of men and women, and the role organizations play in that journey,” I replied.

    “Career paths? Like Google maps for work and stuff?” she asked.

    I smiled. “Something like that!”

    And that set me thinking about...

    July 24, 2013 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

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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