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2021 Catalyst Awards

Progress Won't Pause. Equity Can't Wait.

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Join Us


The 2021 Catalyst Awards Program and Celebration isan extraordinary virtual gathering of corporate leaders and cultural influencers passionate about advancing equity through inclusion.  

On March 17 and 18, we will honor virtually Barilla and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) for their award-winning initiatives that accelerate progress for women and elevate inclusion. And, throughout the month of March, we also will offer inspiring keynote talksvarious sessions and activities, networking opportunities, a partner and exhibitor lounge, and a diverse resource library.  

This year’s theme, “Progress Won’t Pause—Equity Can’t Wait,” signals the continued and steadfast efforts of organizations committed to inclusion.  

We thank this year’s Awards Event Chair Julie Sweet, Chief Executive Officer of Accenture.  


Why Attend?

For more than 30 years, the Catalyst Award has recognized innovative efforts that help accelerate progress for women in workplaces globally. The most prominent showcase of each year’s winning initiatives has been the Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner. Over the years, these events have brought together experts and influential business leaders from around the world to examine best practices, share knowledge, and shape the dialogue about inclusive leadership and other critical factors related to women and their equitable role in the workplace. We are excited to convene our community virtually to continue this impactful work.

See what we have planned for the 2021 Catalyst Awards.

To see what our virtual events offer, check out highlights from Catalyst Honours 2020 and the MARC Summit.

The 2021 Catalyst Award Winner presentations and other sessions will be held on March 17 and 18. In addition, throughout the entire month of March, there will be a regular cadence of activities. As an attendee, you will have opportunities to:

Celebrate best practices and the 2021 Catalyst Award Winners.

Learn weekly from topical curated content shared each Monday.

Explore bingeworthy content from our on-demand library.

Engage in live Design Thinking sessions each Wednesday.

Network with an extensive community on Forum Fridays.

Attend knowledge-sharing sessions with industry leaders.


Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor:


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Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners!


Catalyst is honored to be associated with organizations whose innovative and pioneering initiatives have proven so powerful in making measurable and sustainable change. Since 1987, we have recognized 103 initiatives at 91 organizations from around the world with the Catalyst Award.


Agenda & Speakers

See what we have planned for the 2021 Catalyst Awards.

Featured Speakers

Kiera Fernandez

Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Target

Lorraine Hariton

President & CEO, Catalyst

Hamdi Ulukaya

Founder & CEO, Chobani

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At a time when a global pandemic threatens to erase many of women’s workplace gains, and the need for action to eradicate racial inequities has never been higher, we are counting on your organization’s continued financial support. Help us by purchasing a ticket package and/or making a donation—both of which are fully tax-deductible.

Now more than ever, we are relying on your participation in this virtual event to raise funds to continue our critical work. The time is now for us to come together to create the inclusive, equitable future we wish to see, and with your continued support, we know that progress won’t pause.



What is the Catalyst Award?
The global Catalyst Award recognizes companies whose groundbreaking initiatives advance women and underrepresented groups in the workplace. Winners share their experience of developing, implementing, and achieving their goals.

Who are the winners of the 2021 Catalyst Award?
Barilla and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will receive the 2021 Catalyst Award on March 17-18, 2021, for initiatives that have accelerated progress for women and elevated inclusion within their organizations.

When do the Catalyst Awards take place?
The Catalyst Award Winner presentation and celebration will take place virtually on March 17 and 18. Programming throughout the month of March will include keynote presentations, sessions and activities, extensive networking, a partner and exhibitor lounge, and a diverse resource library. While the content will be released live on an EST schedule, attendees will be able to access all content on-demand shortly following the live broadcasts and at their own convenience.

Where is the Catalyst Awards event?
The Catalyst Awards event will take place virtually. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that will allow you access to the event.

Who attends the Catalyst Awards event?
We welcome business leaders; HR professionals; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professionals; and champions of inclusion to join this event.

Do I have to be a Catalyst Supporter organization to attend?
No, but Catalyst Supporter organizations do receive access to ticket discounts.

How does my company become a Catalyst Supporter?
Visit the Catalyst website to learn more and register.

How much are tickets?
Individual tickets are $425 USD for Catalyst Supporters and $850 USD for Non-Supporters. Ticket packages of 50, 75, and 150 tickets are available for purchase and can be reserved online. Invoices will be emailed shortly after submission. Catalyst is a not-for-profit organization organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No goods or services will be provided by Catalyst in consideration for your contribution. Your gift is fully tax-deductible. Have additional questions? Please contact [email protected].

I purchased a ticket package. How do I register my employees for the event?
You will receive an email at the beginning of February with a unique code for you or your colleagues to register for the event. If you purchased a package on behalf of your organization, you may forward this code to your employees so they may register themselves.

How do I log into the event platform?
Once you have registered for the event, check your inbox for a confirmation from which will include instructions on how to join. Make sure to log in to the platform with the same email address you registered with. Have additional questions? Email [email protected].

I signed up, but I’m having trouble joining the interactive sessions. What do I do?
If you saved your seat for the interactive engagement sessions, make sure you are using Google Chrome. These sessions work best when launched in the most up-to-date version of Google Chrome. Also ensure your Wi-Fi is fully connected.

How do I access the Catalyst Awards event recordings and how long will they be available?
The Catalyst Awards event recordings will be accessible on the event platform for registered attendees in the Agenda itself as well as in the Recordings section. Please note that recordings will be posted within 24 hours after the event and will be available until June 30.

Will I have access to the presentation content from the speakers?
This content is unique to the Catalyst Awards event and will not be distributed however registrants will have access to the content until June 30, 2021.

I registered with the wrong email address. What do I do?
Please contact [email protected] for assistance in updating your email or transferring your registration.

I purchased a Catalyst Awards ticket, and I am unable to attend. What do I do?
As this is our organization’s largest annual fundraiser, all tickets are nonrefundable. However, you can access all session recordings on-demand shortly following the live broadcasts. Alternatively, you may transfer your ticket to another person. To do so, please email [email protected] with the new attendee’s full name, title, company (if different), and email.