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February 2013, Volume 6 Issue 2 

C What's Happening

The 2013 Catalyst Award-Winning Initiatives Are From…

Alcoa Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever. “This year’s Catalyst Award-winning initiatives demonstrate that global gender diversity strategies at multinational corporations can be designed and implemented in ways that successfully meet the needs of local regions and businesses. And they are all championed by male CEOs who understand the strong business case for including women in top leadership and have made women’s advancement an organization-wide priority from day one.” - Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst. Read more on these global initiatives…

Book Your Table Now for the 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner


Join nearly 1,600 guests, including CEOs and other leading executives, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, for the Catalyst Awards Dinner, sponsored by RBC and Shell Oil Company. This year’s Board Reception is being sponsored by General Motors Company and The Home Depot, Inc. The 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner Chair is Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Soup Company. Several levels of tables are already sold out and remaining levels are going quickly. Be a part of this incredible celebration by sponsoring a table today!

Register Now for the 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference - Ready For Change

The 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference, highlighting the 2013 Catalyst Award winners, powerful networking opportunities, and an exciting Conference version of Catalyst’s international event series, Catalyst Connects, will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York. The event is sponsored by Walmart, and Ursula Burns, Chair and CEO, Xerox Corporation, joins Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang for the lunchtime “fireside chat.” Register for the Conference now.

Announcing the Catalyst Member Compact

Catalyst membership is a high-value partnership that gives your organization—and various stakeholders within it—access to a variety of indispensable benefits. To help you build an inclusive workplace, Catalyst will provide innovative research, the tools to make change, examples of successful initiatives, networking and knowledge-sharing events, a powerful array of services, and access to the unique Catalyst community of leaders committed to expanding opportunities for women and business. But we also need your active participation in our community to achieve even greater impact. We encourage members to take our Member Compact to heart, pledging to support Catalyst’s vision of changing workplaces and changing lives.

Catalyst India Workshop: Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives – February 4 in Delhi and February 6 in Bangalore

Catalyst invites you to two half-day workshops aimed at raising awareness about the critical role that men can play as change agents. The sessions, which include a presentation, panel discussion, and group activity, focus on breaking down barriers, enhancing engagement, and building networks of women and men to promote inclusion. Giridhar G V, Chief Operating Officer, Ernst & Young Global Shared Services, India, will host in Bangalore and Arun Kumar Jain, Managing Director, Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd., will host in Delhi. RSVP for either event to Nikki Lamba, [email protected].

Catalyst Census of Senior Officers in the Financial Post 500

As we round the corner towards International Women’s Day, the results of the Catalyst Census of Senior Officers in the FP500 will be released. These findings will be launched on February 19 throughout Canada and at an event hosted by Sodexo in Montreal. Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO, Desjardins Group, will provide a keynote address. This will be followed by a lively panel discussion on “Leadership Stereotyping: Gender Diversity – A Business Case for Success” moderated by Marie-Helen Sicard, Managing Director, Sodexo Quebec, Senior Vice President, Sodexo Canada. Email [email protected] for more information.


Workshop: Does Doing All the Right Things Really Get Women Ahead?

Join Isabelle Kürschner, Catalyst Europe Ambassador to the Germanic Region, as she leads a workshop at the Leading Women Conference on February 28 in Hamburg. The workshop will focus on the Catalyst research series on High Potentials in the Pipeline. Topics include disparities in career advancement, the lack of high visibility for women in the workforce, and women not being given the opportunity to obtain critical roles in business. Conference language will be German. Get more information and register here.


Vital Signs: Getting Behind the Numbers to Accelerate Impact

At Catalyst we understand that what gets measured gets done. But we also understand that asking the right questions, tracking the right metrics, focusing on what’s behind the numbers, and properly interpreting your workforce data can make all the difference when it comes to making change. We’re excited to launch Vital Signs, a new member benefit for accelerating insight and impact. We’ll provide you with tools, connections with Catalyst and with other members, and other resources to enable you to analyze and diagnose your organization’s workforce health. Look for the release of three new Vital Signs tools on February 12 and a member webinar on February 21. A Meet-Up Networking Session is also being held at the Catalyst Awards Conference on March 19 for those attending and interested.

Access Catalyst Wherever You Are

Catalyst webinars and podcasts are virtual opportunities for members to engage and learn from and with one another. Catalyst’s Virtual Events are complimentary to employees of member companies. Register online.

San Antonio Panel Discussion – March 7

Join Catalyst as we present on our research series, High Potential Women in the Pipeline, followed by a panel discussion with four senior executive women from Comerica, Southwest Airlines, and IBM, at an event hosted by Comerica. Networking reception to follow. Please contact Martha Feeback for more details.

Women in Leadership: Gaining Momentum – March 8

In recognition of International Women’s Day, Catalyst and SNR Denton invite you to join a breakfast and panel discussion led by Mary Boughton in San Francisco, CA. This event is for executive women and men. Please RSVP to Mary Boughton by February 20, 2013.


As We C It


Clearing the Path

Kim Campbell may have said it best 20 years ago, when she commented on her status as Canada’s first—and, to date, only—female Prime Minister. “I'd be prouder still to say I was Canada's tenth woman Prime Minister.” In Catalyzing, we wrote about how it’s great to celebrate the first woman to become Prime Minister, or join a corporate board, or become CEO of a major company, but equality isn’t about the trailblazing women who struggle to reach the top first. It’s about encouraging many women to reach their full potential and maximize their contributions in the workplace. Read more…


How to Spark Change from the Inside

In order to develop an organization it is not enough to work with just one department or one group. A classical and common mistake in the past was to send “middle managers” to a leadership program and hope that it would lead to changes within the entire company. Today we know that we have to work with the whole entity in order to achieve development. And it has to start at the top with targeted programs working throughout the organization—level by level—with training, seminars and projects. In MARC, Lars Einar Engström, writes about how there are no shortcuts to equality. Read more...

Catalyst Tweet of the Month

Are people against quotas b/c they believe that meritocracy is alive and well? #chatcat

Catalyst Making Headlines

In January, Catalyst gained media attention around issues relating to women in business leadership and the announcement of this year’s Catalyst Award-winning initiatives. Selections include: Fortune, “Why are there still so few women in top leadership jobs?”; MSN Video, “Women Making Strides in Provincial Politics, but What About the Corporate World?”; Diversity Executive, “Catalyst Announces Annual Award Recipients”; The Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Alcoa wins Catalyst Award for program increasing ranks of women in male-dominated industry”; Forbes, “Anatomy Of A Blindside: How High Achieving Women Are Set Up To Fail”; Forbes, “Rethink Everything to Retain Top Women”; The Glass Hammer, “Five C’s of Cultivating Courage for Stretch Roles”; Bloomberg, “U.S Women Gain in Real Estate With Long Way to Go”; and Marketplace Business, “Training Women for Corporate Combat.”

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