Catalyzing

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. 

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    Four Barriers We’d LOVE to Bust!

    What do Catalyst staffers want for Valentine’s Day? Forget about chocolate and flowers! For us, the best gift would be a workforce where women around the world can contribute fully, get paid equitably, and have the same opportunities as men to lead.

    To get there, we have to continue our efforts...

    February 13, 2014 by Catalyst

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    The Woman I Admire Most Never Had It All

    As a young child, Tuesdays and Thursdays were my favorite days. While the enticingly sweet chocolate chip cookies were an added bonus, the real treat was getting to spend the afternoon with my mother, who was always willing to put down her pile of legal papers to talk junior high crushes. Back...

    February 12, 2014 by Diana Denza

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    Demystifying the Male Advocate (Hint: It's Not All About My Mom)

    Recently, tech writer Milo Yiannopoulos wrote a post in which he claimed that "the women in tech experiment has been a disaster." It included a line that I found rather odd: "I do find male women in tech activists deeply mystifying." 

    While this certainly prompted ire from smart women, I'm not...

    February 10, 2014 by Matt Wallaert

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    Not Just a Matter of Time

    “It’s only a matter of time…”

    This is what David, a respected partner at PwC, said on my first day as a staff assistant in accounting. He was answering an innocent question posed by one of the new hires: “Why are there no female partners in this office?” I was one of only three women...

    February 6, 2014 by Susan Allen

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    Attention, Companies: Don Draper’s Days Are Numbered

    The US President said many things in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. But it was his impassioned plea for workplace equality that really stood out to me, as Catalyst’s President & CEO:

    Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man...

    February 3, 2014 by Deborah Gillis

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    Our 2014 Catalyst Award-Winning Initiatives Are Game-Changers

    As excitement about the winter Olympics (and, in the US, the Super Bowl) builds, I’ve been considering what it means to be a champion. What does it take for a good athlete to become great and go for the gold? How does a team go from winning a few games to winning the Super Bowl?

    I believe this...

    January 29, 2014 by Deborah Gillis

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    Want to Improve Diversity? Take a Chance

    Diversity is all about opportunity. ...

    January 27, 2014 by Marc-André Blanchard

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    Men Who Get It: Making Diversity a Priority

    How can we break down barriers for women? By making diversity a priority and following through with practical solutions. Koen Van Neyghem, Regional Director EMEA, DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), says: “This cannot be the flavor of the day or the project of the month; this has to become really...

    January 22, 2014 by Koen Van Neyghem

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    Barriers Remain for Women of Color in the United States

    As someone who cares deeply about the career prospects and overall well-being of women of color, I’m frustrated that US businesses routinely overlook this vital demographic. As a group, “women of color” includes African-American women, Latinas, and Asian women—and, according to a recent...

    January 20, 2014 by Katherine Giscombe, PhD

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    Stand Out, Without Being Left Out

    A few weeks ago we found ourselves stopping for an after-work drink at a holiday happy hour in a local bar near our Wall Street office. As we mingled, we were asked the typical “So, what do you do?” While for many, this question might feel like a throwaway line, for us it carries a bit of weight....

    January 16, 2014 by Alixandra Pollack, Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon