2020 Catalyst Award Winners: A Road Map to Inclusion (Blog Post)March 12, 2020
“Due to COVID-19, Catalyst made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner. Beginning today, March 12, and continuing over the next few weeks and months, Catalyst is rolling out new content and virtual collaboration opportunities to honor and learn from our Award winners.”
—Catalyst President & CEO Lorraine Hariton
For more than 30 years, the Catalyst Award has annually celebrated exceptional efforts that help advance women in business. This year, we recognize Deloitte, Medtronic, and Unilever, and we showcase their superlative initiatives accelerating progress for women.
We recognize and learn from the 2020 Catalyst Award winners, said Catalyst President & CEO Lorraine Hariton. “Their stories provide a road map of how to build inclusive workplaces and inspire each of us to continue our own journey…Deloitte, Medtronic, and Unilever represent what great looks like: commitment and intentionality at the top, measurement and accountability, and cultural change that disrupts bias and inequity at every level.”
In response to winning the Catalyst Award for the Inspiring Women initiative, Richard Deutsch, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Australia, said, “The Catalyst Award celebrates how we’re successfully achieving our goals and implementing initiatives to make gender equality, diversity, and inclusion a reality at Deloitte every day.”
After learning Medtronic had won for its initiative, Igniting Women to Lead Through the Medtronic Women’s Network, Omar Ishrak, Medtronic Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: “To us, this is more than hitting a number. This is about creating a more inclusive culture that values all dimensions of diversity—because a more diverse culture fosters a more innovative culture, and innovation fuels our company growth.”
Alan Jope, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever, said about being recognized for his company’s Changing the Game, Unlocking the Future initiative: “We’re very proud to have reached our goal of equal representation of women and men among our 14,000 managers. But we know there is more to do, and we will continue to create opportunities for women to thrive within our company.”
Learn more about their initiatives:
- Deloitte: Inspiring Women (Case Study and Video)
- Medtronic: Igniting Women To Lead Through the Medtronic Women’s Network (Case Study and Video)
- Unilever: Changing the Game, Unlocking the Future (Case Study and Video)
In a video message from Dinner Chair Shelley O’Connor, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley Private Bank, N.A., and Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A., she emphasized that we are at a pivotal moment. “We need you,” she said, “to take it to the next level. So accelerate your numbers of women in executive leadership. Make sure your workplace allows women to thrive.”
Below, please see ads from our 2020 Catalyst Award Winners:
This page will be updated continuously as Catalyst holds virtual convenings to recognize and learn from the 2020 Catalyst Award winners.
Catalyst Award Virtual Sessions
- April 16: Being Intentional about Inclusion in Flexible and Remote Work Watch Recording
- April 23: Now is the Moment for Inclusive leadership Watch Recording
- April 30: Winner Spotlight: Unilever – “CHANGING THE GAME, UNLOCKING THE FUTURE” Then, Now, and in the New Normal*
- May TBD: Deloitte Australia*
- May TBD: Medtronic*
*Live sessions are exclusive to Conference and Dinner purchasers/donors. If you qualify for the event, please email [email protected] for registration details.