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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    Ten Awesome LGBT Activist Heroes You Need to Celebrate This Pride Month

    Happy Pride, everyone! Every June, we remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots where LGBT activists fought back against police harassment. LGBT people are still not fully equal under the law, but these 10 amazing individuals took great strides to get them a little bit closer.

    1) Audre Lorde. The woman...

    June 25, 2015 by Cheryl Yanek

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    Title IX: Four Movies That Highlight Women in Sports

    When I was younger, I went through an exploration period in my quest to find where I would fit in. My parents signed me up for ballet classes, but tutus and demi-pliés weren’t my thing. I also had a few sessions with an acting coach because they thought that I could be the next Disney kid, but...

    June 23, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

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    Five Things the World Needs to Know About Fathers

    As we celebrate Father’s Day in the United States, Canada, the UK, Japan, and some parts of Europe, Catalyst would like to honor dads around the world! Fathers are having a powerful impact, helping to challenge the status quo and #DisruptTheDefault for their daughters and sons. At Catalyst we...

    June 20, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Leading From the Heart

    Feminists have frequently borrowed an expression from Isaac Newton, who gave credit to his predecessors when he said, “If I have seen further, it’s because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”

    I’ve been reminded of that expression frequently since the publication of my mother’s first...

    June 18, 2015 by Alex Johnston

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    My Parents Saved My Life

    Being one’s authentic and beautiful self can often be a difficult and challenging journey. The story of guest blogger, John LaVeck is, unfortunately, not an uncommon one, but one Catalyst is privileged to share—particularly during LGBT Pride month.


    I went to a private, all-boy’s high...

    June 11, 2015 by John LaVeck

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    Five Things LGBT People Have Now That They Didn’t When Pride Month Was First Celebrated

    Former President Bill Clinton declared June Gay & Lesbian Pride Month in 2000. Pride Month has since evolved to include the celebration of bisexual and transgender people as well. This June we’re celebrating big wins for the LGBT community—and taking a look at what a difference 15 years makes!...

    June 9, 2015 by Raina Lipsitz

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    Five Ways to Be a Leader (Even if You Don’t Have the Title)

    I graduated from college nearly three years ago and subsequently entered what is commonly called “the real world.” Up until this point in my life, the “leader” in any given situation had always been obvious. It was the person with the title, the ultimate responsibility, the power. And I was used...

    June 4, 2015 by Tory Paez

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    Ask Deborah: What Have You Learned From the Fight for LGBT Rights?

    Our President & Chief Executive Officer Deborah Gillis is the fourth President in Catalyst’s 52-year history. In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we are using June’s column to share Deborah’s personal experience with LGBT advocacy and her advice on how to be an ally in this critical area.


    June 1, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    Women on Boards Series: The Power of Being “Known”

    In April we heard from Sandra Stuart, on how to get your resume the attention it needs. She told how her Women on Board® mentor Sarah Raiss helped her tap into contacts at executive search firms. This month, Sarah Raiss tells why networking is so important to becoming known by those who can help...

    May 28, 2015 by Sarah E. Raiss

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    Bright Spots for Women in STEM

    We hear a lot about the dismal outlook for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, otherwise known as “STEM” fields. Study after study shows that girls are discouraged from entering STEM fields beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout college. At college...

    May 22, 2015 by Carol Lynn Curchoe, PhD