April 2013







Innovative Models for Change



Catalyst’s series of Practices describe global, innovative organizational efforts that provide promising examples for our member organizations. Catalyst defines its Practices as strategies that support diversity and inclusion efforts, including both programs specific to a group or region, and broad, company-wide strategies that further the advancement of women and other diverse groups. 

While every organization’s culture is unique, our Practices help members and the business community learn how organizations, including those with Catalyst Award-winning initiatives, have tackled a variety of diversity, inclusion, and business challenges. More than 100 Practices from organizations around the world are currently available to Catalyst members. 

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On March 19, 2013, at the Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, Catalyst honored three initiatives from companies that were ready to make change—and did. Since 1987, Catalyst has recognized 82 initiatives at 76 organizations from around the world with the Catalyst Award, which recognize innovative organizational initiatives that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women. These groundbreaking diversity and inclusion programs have changed workplaces, communities, and lives. 

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Each year, Catalyst sets strategic priorities based on our research, our members’ areas of interest, and new developments in the workplace and global markets. Catalyst experts use these priorities to determine what kinds of Practices will be most valuable to our members, and identify promising examples of these through our staff, network, and research. Find out more…

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This year, Catalyst created a new Practices Recognition Program to recognize great organizational programs that help make real change for women and other diverse groups. For our inaugural recognition, we focused on sponsorship models as an intervention for addressing the challenges women face as they advance in the workplace and we have recognized:

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Cisco Systems, Inc.—Developing Women: Cisco’s Executive Shadowing Program 
This program began in 2009 as a grassroots effort to develop women employees by pairing Cisco executives with talented women across business functions. Unlike many diversity and inclusion activities, it was conceived by Cisco’s Connected Women Employee Resource Group (ERG), which continues to manage it. A toolkit outlining how to implement an Executive Shadowing program is available to Catalyst members.

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