“This is a great time to join Catalyst. Awareness of the issues Catalyst has fought for is higher than any time since I entered the workplace in the 1970s. Companies know they have to do something, and Catalyst can take advantage of this energy to facilitate change at this pivotal time.”
–Lorraine Hariton, President & CEO, Catalyst
In case you missed it, Catalyst recently announced that Lorraine Hariton is our new President and CEO. So today we’re going right to the source for you to hear from Lorraine herself. And if you want more, check out her bio and blog post, or read the press release.
What drew you to Catalyst?
This is my dream job in an area that’s been a lifelong passion and indeed my life experience. I’ve been training for this all of my life—from watching my mother who has been a role model and inspiration for me—to my professional experience in Silicon Valley and beyond. I’ve been involved in women’s advancement leadership initiatives at every phase of my career and am excited about the opportunity at this stage of my life to pay it forward to future generations.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women in the workplace today?
Certainly the #MeToo movement has raised the discussion of women in the workplace to a new level. It highlights that that we still have a long way to go to create inclusive workplaces that truly work for women.
At the same time, Millennials are replacing the baby boomers as the largest generation in the workplace and are bringing with them a new set of values.
Additionally, the advances in technology, and especially the interface between human and machine, are a challenge and an opportunity. We need to make sure that the people who are coding and building the machines of the future aren’t also baking in sexist or stereotypic assumptions. Getting women into all aspects of STEM will allow us to create a future that works for all of us.
Learn more about Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with our Quick Take.
Catalyst has a powerful platform to be impactful because of its brand, employees, board, and Supporters. We’re in a position to make a difference and influence both this generation and the next. I’m excited about the opportunity to leverage all that Catalyst already has and help lead the movement forward.
Advancing Women in STEM: Top Tech Companies Discuss Talent Recruitment and Retention
Recently, we held two events for women in STEM in Japan and India. These events show that attracting women to key tech roles within STEM is challenging, but some organizations are making focused and intentional efforts to create change.
Japan: IBM hosted a panel discussion followed by a speed-networking session where participants engaged in interactive discussions about challenges and practical actions that women in STEM and their champions can take.
India: This roundtable discussion, hosted by Pitney Bowes with a guest speaker from Walmart Labs, focused on using a goal- and target-based approach to attract the right talent and reduce the pay gap in STEM.
About Catalyst CEO Champions For Change
Women make up about 51% of the US population, earn 60% of all master’s degrees, and control or influence more than 70% of consumer spending. Yet only about 5% of CEOs are women, 26.5% of executives and only about 21% of board seats are held by women in the S&P 500. Learn more.