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. Get the RSS feed.

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    A Ceiling Shattered, But One More to Go

    Can we finally put it to rest?

    I’m referring to that “Are we ready?” question. “Are we ready for a woman premier?” “Are we ready for a gay leader?”

    With the selection of Kathleen Wynne as Leader of the Liberal Party and Premier-designate of Ontario, a resounding “yes” to both...

    January 30, 2013 by Deborah Gillis

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    Driving Change at the Local Level

    Think global. Act local.

    Easy to say, but it takes extraordinary leadership, expertise, cultural sensitivity, and commitment to make it work. This year’s Catalyst Award-winning initiatives show that it can be done.

    Today, we announced that initiatives from Alcoa Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, and...

    January 24, 2013 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Can India Move Forward?

    By now, a young woman's horrifying gang rape in Delhi and her subsequent death have made headline news in India and across the world. A poster child for a globalizing India, Jyoti Singh Pandey represented what the world heralds as India's entrance onto the global stage. Just decades ago, a female...

    January 22, 2013 by Nikki Lamba

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    Take 5: Europe in Numbers

    Europe is not a monolithic entity—approximately 225 languages are spoken across Europe’s 47 countries (27 of which are part of the EU.)

    Of course, opportunities for women differ greatly throughout Europe, but the overall regional representation of women in the workplace is still quite...

    January 17, 2013 by Catalyst

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    Clearing the Path

    Kim Campbell may have said it best twenty years ago, when she commented on her status as Canada’s first—and, to date, only—female Prime Minister.

    “I'd be prouder still to say I was Canada's tenth woman Prime Minister.”

    It’s great to celebrate the first woman to become Prime Minister, or...

    January 15, 2013 by David Lau

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    Australia Gets New Gender Equality Law

    I wouldn’t be the only head of a government agency who receives abusive emails, but I doubt male colleagues who run agencies and departments receive the sort of angry advice which describes in intimate detail what I ‘’need.”

    These emails are a reminder that, for all the government and...

    January 10, 2013 by Helen Conway

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    Where’s the Outrage?

    It’s officially the New Year—a classic time for new resolutions.

    This year, I resolve not to be a D&I (Diversity & Inclusion for the uninitiated) bore, but I also resolve not to stop caring.

    Catalyst’s recent Fortune 500 Census shows the state of paralysis we’re in. The number of women in...

    January 7, 2013 by Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jorden

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    Why the Fish Must See the Water

    You can’t fix what you can’t see. Or can you?

    Catalyst created MARC: Men Advocating Real Change to foster a conversation among men about building more inclusive workplaces. Yet one of the greatest challenges some men face is seeing what’s often right in front of their noses. Gender...

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    Are You a Catalyst? Getting Ready to Make Change in the New Year

    Nearly every culture on earth marks the beginning of a new year, albeit at different times. Like so many people around the world, we here at Catalyst are preparing to ring in a new year this January. We are busy embracing an exciting future—broadening our global impact while leveraging the...

    December 24, 2012 by Catalyst

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    Getting Past Stuck: Canadian Style

    Sometimes the stubborn lack of movement in statistics on women’s participation at senior levels of corporate Canada makes it feel as though we’re stuck. It’s encouraging when 600-plus business leaders gather to celebrate champions of women’s advancement at The Catalyst Canada Honours. And...

    December 20, 2012 by Alex Johnston