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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    C This

    Catalyst spent the better part of last year busting myth after myth about women and their abilities. Women do ask for raises and promotions, women don’t lack ambition, and we do not get ahead simply by “doing all the right things.” Now, another myth bites the dust. According to new research,...

    February 24, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Small Steps for Big Change

    In December, I challenged CanCon readers to make 2012 the year we change corporate culture. As I wrote that, my colleague, Sylvia Apostolidis, alarmed and angry after watching the powerful documentary Miss Representation, was deciding what she could do to change some of the media images that...

    February 21, 2012 by Sylvia Apostolidis

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    Women of Color: Past, Present, Future

    In today’s guest-post, Catalyst’s Katherine Giscombe reflects on what has changed—and what hasn’t—since she published her groundbreaking 1999 report on women of color in the workplace. Catalyst research reveals that minority women today make up only 3.4% of Fortune 100 board seats—a...

    February 16, 2012 by Katherine Giscombe, PhD

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    Link In With Catalyst

    During the past little while, one of my favourite discussion groups considered the role of collaboration in effective leadership, the ways that our communications styles affect our careers, the value of volunteer experience, and the gender pay gap (did you realize that women in the United States...

    February 15, 2012 by Deborah Gillis

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    Take 5: Why Men Should Care

    Seventy-four percent of the men we interviewed in our series, Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives, identified fear and apathy as barriers to supporting gender equality. In today’s Take 5, we look at reasons why men should care. Men have a lot to gain, and nothing to fear from equality. Here’s...

    February 7, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang, Jeanine Prime, PhD

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    Ambition and Talent in India Inc.

    By Ilene H. Lang, Deborah Gillis and Deepali Bagati

    Earlier this month, we met with CEOs of Indian companies to discuss the importance of expanding opportunities for women and business in India Inc. Women currently make up 36 percent of the Indian labor force, yet 67 percent of Indian employers...

    January 31, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    A Year in the Life of a Catalyst Events Manager

    Catalyst events provide our best opportunity to share our research with Canada’s business community, and for us to learn from their experiences in building diverse and inclusive workplaces. In her first year on the job, Catalyst Canada events manager Jessica Dolmer has brought a fresh eye and a...

    January 31, 2012 by Jessica Dolmer

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    The Winners

    Congratulations to Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Sodexo—the 2012 Catalyst Award winners! These companies’ Award-winning initiatives share a strategic, laser-sharp business focus and lead with strong results.

    This year’s winning initiatives reflect the evolution of advancing women from a ...

    January 24, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Be assertive, focus on objectives, and stay online as much as possible. These are three helpful tips for virtual workers drawn from a recent study on remote work. Researchers found that most women would prefer to work remotely at least three days per week. Our philosophy at Catalyst is simple: if...

    January 20, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This, Canada

    2011 saw mixed success in the progress of women. The excitement of seeing women as premier in four Canadian jurisdictions was balanced by the fact that the number of women at senior levels in Canadian businesses remains very low. But at least last year left plenty of room for improvement in 2012,...

    January 16, 2012 by Deborah Gillis