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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    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

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    Take 5: Mentorship and Sponsorship

    January is National Mentoring Month in the United States, an initiative geared for individuals, schools, and businesses to foster relationships between mentors and mentees and increase the number of mentors nationwide. When young people are mentored, they are less likely to drop out of school,...

    January 12, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    The Ambition Gap Myth

    Do women lack ambition? Not on your life.

    Women want to succeed, yet even when they do “all the right things” Catalyst has found that they earn less and progress more slowly than men. The fact that some women adjust their career advancement strategies after crashing into institutional barriers is...

    January 5, 2012 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Happy Holidays

    We at Catalyst Canada are excited about the events and activities on our 2012 schedule. Once again, we’ll be offering women and men opportunities to exchange practical ideas on how to advance women in business and learn more about the benefits of inclusive workplaces.

    We believe businesses that...

    December 23, 2011 by Deborah Gillis

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    50 Forward

    “You have in you the power to change this world for the better,” said CCH Champion Michael Bach, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, KPMG. “Be it a small change, or a large one, I challenge you to do something to effect that change.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.


    December 22, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Let's Ring in Change

    As another year winds down, I’m still finding inspiration and encouragement in the words of The Catalyst Canada Honours champions who have filled this space over the past three weeks.

    And then I get a cold splash of reality with the release last week of the Catalyst Census of Fortune 500...

    December 19, 2011 by Deborah Gillis