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

    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

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    Act Now

    Change has flatlined—women are no further toward achieving top ranks in business than they were last year, or even six years ago. Yet equality can’t wait.

    Our latest census of women atop the Fortune 500 shows continued stagnation. Men hold a staggering 83.9% of corporate board seats, 85.1% of...

    December 14, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    C This

    Women drive economies. The flood of women into American workplaces over the past four decades has boosted U.S. GDP by at least 25%, and eliminating the remaining gender gaps could bump up our GDP another 9%. But where are the women?

    Find out Wednesday, December 14, 2011, when Catalyst unveils our...

    December 8, 2011 by Ilene H. Lang

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    Being a Catalyst: Part 3

    Among the highlights of The Catalyst Canada Honours are the remarks by the champions themselves. And, in the ensuing days and weeks, these words of inspiration, and the glimpses they provide of personal struggle and achievement, are what I remember and ponder.

    The Human Resources/Diversity Leader...

    December 8, 2011 by Deborah Gillis