The 2008 Catalyst Awards Dinner, sponsored by Shell Oil Company, was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at The Waldorf Astoria in New York.

More than 90 CEOs joined Catalyst to honor Award-winning initiatives to advance women from ING U.S. Financial Services (USFS) and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Serving as Dinner Chair was Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman & CEO, American Express Company.

ING U.S. Financial Services

ING USFS’ initiative, Beyond Diversity: Building One ING Culture, has created a unifying culture that identifies diversity and inclusion as a business imperative, increased women managers at the top-most level, and has become a model for the global organization. In 2001, recognizing the need for change, the company used a transition period of rapid acquisitions and subsequent consolidation to identify the necessary levers for culture change. ING USFS then capitalized on different talents, perspectives, and ideas to increase diversity and inclusion across all of its business locations. The resulting “One ING” culture benefits all employees, with a strategic focus to include women and other diverse groups.

Since the initiative’s inception in 2003, ING USFS has increased women’s representation on the senior management team from 25 percent to 50 percent, and currently, two executive women in profit-and-loss roles manage 80 percent of ING USFS business. Two out of three people in the succession pipeline to CEO are women, and the percentage of women in people-manager positions has increased from 45.7 percent in 2003 to 47.9 percent in 2007.


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan Motor’s Japan-only initiative, Women in the Driver’s Seat: Gender Diversity as a Lever in Japan, uses diversity to secure business success by increasing women’s participation and contribution in all areas of the business. The business case for having women as decision-makers and in positions of influence within the company was developed in response to research identifying women as influencers of two-thirds of all car purchases. With the support of many senior leaders and champions, the resulting diversity strategy focuses on three areas: engagement, education, and advancement of women.

The initiative showcases solid increases for women in positions of influence in Japan.  Since 2004, representation of women in management positions has increased from 2 percent (36 women) to 4 percent (101 women). The percentage of women managers in the design, planning, and product planning function has doubled from 4 percent to 8 percent. In the pipeline to management, women assistant managers have increased from 2 percent to 4 percent and women team leaders from 4 percent to 7 percent. The percentage of salespeople (Car Life Advisors) at Nissan-owned dealerships who are women has increased from 4 percent to 6 percent, while the percentage of women in manufacturing plants more than doubled.

The 2008 Catalyst Awards Dinner Video


2008 Catalyst Awards Dinner ING U.S. Financial Services' Winner Video


2008 Catalyst Award Dinner Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Winner Video

Shell Oil Company

BMO Financial Group
BP p.l.c.
Shell Oil Company

Alcoa Inc.
American Express Company
The Chubb Corporation
The Coca-Cola Company
Ernst & Young LLP
The Goldman
Sachs Group, Inc.
The Hearst Corporation
McDonald’s Corporation
Morgan Stanley
Raytheon Company
Texas Instruments Incorporated
Toyota Motor North
America, Inc.

AT&T Inc.
Automatic Data
Processing, Inc.
McCutchen LLP
The Boston
Consulting Group, Inc.
Companies Ltd.
Chrysler LLC
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Dell Inc.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
General Electric Company
GMAC Financial Services
Humana Inc.
Manulife Financial Corporation
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
United States Steel Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation
Zurich Financial Services

Aetna Inc.
The Allstate Corporation
Andrews Kurth LLP
Arrow Electronics, Inc.
Avon Products, Inc.
Bausch & Lomb Incorporated
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Booz Allen
Hamilton Inc.
Campbell Soup Company
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Chevron Corporation
CVS/Caremark Corporation
Deloitte & Touche LLP
The Dow Chemical Company
Eli Lilly and Company
General Motors Corporation
IBM Corporation
International Paper Company
ITT Corporation
Kellogg Company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Kraft Foods Inc.
Lehman Brothers Inc.
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
MasterCard Worldwide
Microsoft Corporation
New York Life Insurance Company
The Pepsi Bottling Group
PepsiCo, Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
Pricewaterhouse- Coopers LLP
The Procter & Gamble Company
RBC Financial Group
Sara Lee Corporation
Sidley Austin LLP
Sodexo, Inc.
State Farm Companies
Trinity Health
Tyco International, Ltd.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Williams Wyeth
Xerox Corporation

Barclays Capital
Barclays Global Investors
Bayer Corporation
BDO Seidman, LLP
Bechtel Corporation
Bell Canada
Squibb Company
Cablevision Systems Corporation
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Continental Airlines
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Electronic Data Systems Corporation
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
Fluor Corporation
Gannett Co., Inc.
Genworth Financial, Inc.
Georgia-Pacific LLC
Goodwin Procter LLP
Grant Thornton LLP
Interpublic Group
J. C. Penney Company, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Chase & Co.
Kaye Scholer LLP
International, Inc.
McKinsey & Company
Merck & Co., Inc.
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
NYSE Euronext, Inc.
Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Prudential Financial, Inc.
RR Donnelley
Society for Human Resource Management
Staples, Inc.
Sunoco, Inc.
TD Bank Financial Group
Terex Corporation
Unisys Corporation
U.S. Bancorp Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.

ABM Industries Incorporated
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Angela V. Shaw
Arvin Meritor
Beth Horowitz
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman Kodak Company
EMC Corporation
Enbridge Inc.
FPL Group, Inc.
The Hertz Corporation
Lend Lease Corporation Limited
Lockheed Martin Corporation
McCarter & English, LLP
McKinsey & Company (Canada)
MENTTIUM ® Corporation
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Principal Financial Group, Inc.
RSM McGladrey, Inc.
Life Insurance Company, Inc.
Sears Holdings Corporation
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Sprint Nextel Corporation
Starcom MediaVest
Weyerhaeuser Company
The Williams Capital Group, L.P.

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