December 2013







Leading from the Top
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Leading From The Top

When an organization values women and men equally, the gender balance should reflect those values at all levels. Yet women lag men in business leadership positions across the globe. Companies that exclude women from leadership lose out on half of the talent pool, and the profitability and innovation that diversity brings. In this issue we’ll see examples of how leading from the top sets the expectation and tone for gender diversity and helps identify organizational challenges that must be addressed in order to create change.

Continuing to Be Catalysts for Change
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As we mentioned last month, Ilene H. Lang will be stepping down as President and CEO of Catalyst in January and Deborah Gillis, currently Catalyst’s Chief Operating Officer, will succeed her. If you’d like to send them your best wishes, feel free to email [email protected] and we’ll make sure they receive it. We also wish you and yours a wonderful and warm holiday season and a happy New Year.

Catalyst Awards Conference
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More than just another conference, this gathering of experts is truly a community that counts, shaping organizations and the dialogue and strategy about diversity and inclusion, in accordance with the Catalyst Vision: Changing workplaces. Changing lives. Save the date for this preeminent event: April 2, 2014. Registration opens in January.

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A celebration of organizations that create change from the top by championing women and diversity. Two people who know a little something about leading from the top, Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO of Catalyst, and Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc. and Chair of Catalyst’s Board of Directors, will co-chair the Dinner. As the event routinely sells out, we urge you to book your table today.

Research for the Business Casedotted line

Catalyst research has shown that organizational change and encouragement from management impacts corporate culture. This year we released several reports showcasing the importance of women on boards, flexible workplaces, and why men are imperative to parity.

More Reason to Lead from the Top
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Our 2013 Catalyst Census Fortune 500 Women Board Directors and 2013 Catalyst Census Fortune 500 Executive Officers and Top Earners will be released on December 10th so be sure to check back for the full reports.

Are Canadian Organizations Making the Most of the Available Top Talent?
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While Canadian high potentials’ experiences parallel those of their global peers in some regards, there are significant regional differences in their career path choices that impact both organizations’ recruitment and retention efforts as well as their ability to compete in the global economy. High-Potential Employees in the Pipeline: Maximizing the Talent Pool in Canadian Organizations aims to help Canadian organizations understand the top talent pool within the regional context. Also available in French.

Alex Johnston, Executive Director of Catalyst Canada, shares her thoughts in our Catalyzing blog on why Canadian business and the Canadian economy also need those talents and what business leaders can do to ensure their organization is ready and able to compete―equally.

Vital Signs
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We know that while most organizations are tracking their talent, many are still far from reaching their talent goals. Bridging our research and consulting insights, Catalyst’s Vital Signs is a unique approach to first understanding and then strengthening and diversifying your talent pipeline. We offer step-by-step tools, customized templates and visuals, simple exercises, webinars, workshops, and more designed to get you asking the right questions about talent. Find out how this approach can make the difference that leads to measurable change for women – leading to better business results overall.

New office: Catalyst Australia Women Research and Consulting Limited
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Catalyst is proud to announce our newest office, Catalyst Australia Women Research and Consulting Limited, which provides a research-based approach to the issues facing women and business in Australia. By providing the full spectrum of Catalyst research, tools, practices, and innovative solutions, Catalyst Australia will empower companies, firms, business schools, and associations with the resources needed to become diverse and inclusive organizations. For information on Catalyst membership for your company or organization, please contact us. And look out for our launch event early next year!

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