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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    Sponsorship: What’s in a Name?

    What does the word “sponsorship” mean to you? For Catalyst’s Sarah Dinolfo, Director, Research, at first it meant very little. But this changed as she uncovered the power influential sponsors had on her own career. In this post—the third in series by co- authors of Sponsoring Women to...

    November 30, 2011 by Sarah Dinolfo

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    Leadership is Gender Neutral

    Just as I was about to post about how delighted am about Chanda Kochhar’s selection as India’s Business Leader of the Year, I learned that, for the first time, the Report on Business Canadian CEO of the Year is also a woman. Christine Day, CEO of lululemon athletica has said she loves...

    November 25, 2011 by Deborah Gillis

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    Giving Thanks

    Following the lead of Deborah Gillis in Canada, I asked colleagues in the United States what they are thankful for this year. Below are a few responses I thought worth sharing:

    Sarah Dinolfo: I’m thankful for all the choices women have in the workplace today – there’s never been a better time to...

    November 23, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Connecting the Dots to CSR

    Companies should have a conscience—gone are the days when profits, and profits alone, can grow a sustainable business. But how do smart companies boost their levels of corporate social responsibility (CSR)? As Catalyst’s Rachel Soares, Senior Associate, Research, explains, gender-inclusive...

    November 16, 2011 by Rachel Soares

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    Covering Women

    Girls ages 8 to 18 are exposed to about eight hours of media per day. What are these girls reading and watching? As Catalyst’s Senior Associate Librarian Cheryl Yanek explains, when it comes to news coverage of women, superficiality reigns supreme. This devalues women and our accomplishments. —...

    November 3, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Take 5: Working With Disability

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, celebrated annually in the United States to recognize the skills disabled people bring to the workplace and the strong business case for hiring them. In keeping with this year’s official theme, “Profit by investing in workers with...

    October 26, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Women Ask, But Men Don’t Have To

    We’ve all heard the maxim that “women don’t ask.” This view is so prevalent that an entire cottage industry has sprung up to address it. The problem is that it’s simply untrue.

    Our new report, The Myth of the Ideal Worker, the latest in our series on high-potential employees, makes it...

    October 13, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Owning Advancement

    Following the release of Sponsoring Women to Success, I invited all three co-authors to share some of their most interesting—and important—findings about sponsorship. In August, we heard from Heather Foust-Cummings, who discussed how sponsorship offers a unique “triple win.” Today, Jennif...

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    Take 5: Bottom Line More than Money

    Study after study has shown how gender diversity on top correlates to greater company profits, but this isn't the only argument for why organizations should advance women to senior ranks. It pays to diversify for an array of other reasons too. Here are my Top 5:

    #1: More diversity, more...

    September 29, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Women represent 40% of the world’s labor force yet hold 1% of the world’s wealth—does this seem fair to you? The latest World Bank report on gender equality and development paints a dark picture of global inequities across health, wealth and education. Find out the latest World Bank statistics,...

    September 22, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang