March 2017: This International Women's Day Redefine Leadership and #BeBoldForChange

C-News: March 2017
This International Women’s Day Redefine Leadership and #BeBoldForChange
At Catalyst, we can’t wait for tomorrow, March 8, for several reasons:
  1. It’s International Women’s Day, a day to help forge a more inclusive, gender equal world for all.
  2. It’s the 30th anniversary of the Catalyst Awards recognizing exceptional efforts that help advance women in business. At tomorrow’s Conference and Dinner, we’ll celebrate initiatives from 3M, BMO Financial Group, and Rockwell Automation. And be sure to look back at the three decades of initiatives that have accelerated progress for women in the workplace.
  3. Important Note: For loyalists and newcomers both, the Conference and Dinner will be held at the New York Hilton Midtown, the first venue change in more than a decade.
  4. Catalyst is an official charity partner of the International Women’s Day organization.
Find out more about how you can celebrate International Women’s Day in this special issue of C-News.
I Am A Catalyst for International Women's Day

“Business leaders have the power and a greater responsibility than ever before to make room for all employees to succeed. 3M, BMO, and Rockwell Automation are among those to be commended for leading the change.”—Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst

On March 8, 2017, the world celebrates International Women's Day, and we’re excited that the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner will be held on that special day—and that Catalyst has been selected as an official charity partner for the International Women's Day organization in support of their 2017 theme, #BeBoldForChange. The Conference and Dinner are sold-out, but you can still support our mission in honor of IWD. Can’t attend in person? Tune in for our livestream starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Award-Winning Initiatives

Check out these amazing results in only a few years of implementation and action.

3M: I'm In. Accelerating Women's Leadership
From 2011 to 2016, 3M’s global initiative has accelerated progress for women throughout the company and across the world.

  • Globally, women’s representation at the director level increased from 18.2% to 23.0%
  • And at the vice president and above levels from 16.7% to 24.2%
  • The percentage of women leading 3M subsidiaries increased nearly 10-fold
  • Women’s representation on the executive team increased from 12.5% to 20.0%

BMO Financial Group: Diversity and Inclusion Renewal for Sustainable Change

  • Between 2012 and 2016, the bank met its five-year goal of 40% women’s representation among senior leaders in the US and Canada
  • Within the same time frame, women’s representation increased from 7.7% to 31.3% among executive committee members
  • Women’s representation on BMO’s Enterprise Board of Directors increased from 30.8% to 36.4%

Rockwell Automation: The Culture of Inclusion Journey

  • Between 2008 and 2016, women’s representation in the US has increased from 11.9% to 23.5% among vice presidents
  • From 14.7% to 23.2% among directors
  • From 19.3% to 24.3% at the middle-manager level
  • At the most senior leadership levels, women’s representation doubled, increasing from 11.1% to 25.0% among the CEO’s direct reports
  • And from 11.1% to 20.0% on the board of directors
International Women’s Day

How can you #BeBoldForChange ?

Find all the tools and information you need to get involved on International Women’s Day and beyond. This is not just one day to make change—in fact, it’s only the beginning. Check out videos, events near you, social channels, partners, resources, and more. And while you’re there, share how you plan to #BeBoldForChange.

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Want to Work Toward Equality? Learn How to Become an Inclusive Leader

CatalystX on edX: A New Frontier for Leadership Development

Those who learn, lead—and how better to lead change during International Women's Day than to know how to do so intentionally and inclusively. Your organization’s competitiveness depends on its ability to create an inclusive workplace that fully leverages the talents of your diverse workforce.

Catalyst is making it easy for you and your organization to learn:
  • What individuals can do: This virtual learning experience, in partnership with edX, makes Catalyst research and advice available to larger numbers of individuals and organizations in the form of a high-quality leadership development curriculum. Our four Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on leadership allow you to join at any time and take them at your own pace. Learn more…
  • What organizations can do: Our blended learning experience, Leading With Inclusion, is a leadership development suite of solutions that brings together the expertise and research of Catalyst with the instructional design and consultative expertise of BlessingWhite. This experience provides access to the inclusive leadership curriculum through an in-person or virtual instructor-led offering.
  • Got an ERG? Come to ERLI 2017: Leveraging ERGs to Redefine Leadership! Catalyst’s third ERLI conference, “Leveraging ERGs to Redefine Leadership,” will be held May 8-9, 2017, at BMO’s world-class Institute for Learning in Toronto. Connect with ERG leaders across North America to hear from preeminent corporate experts and Catalyst inclusion practitioners, participate in deep dive workshop sessions, and share strategies and solutions. This event is open to leaders of all types of ERGs. Register today.
All three of these opportunities represent a cohesive package of solutions that Catalyst has to offer. Learn how to reach your full leadership potential today.
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