The 2009 Catalyst Awards Conference, Driving Change, Inspiring Results, was held Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at The Waldorf Astoria in New York, with Campbell Soup Company and The Coca-Cola Company sponsoring.

The 2009 Award-winning initiatives from Baxter International Inc., CH2M HILL, Gibbons P.C., and KPMG LLP were presented in the morning.

Highlighting the luncheon was a conversation between Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products, Inc., and Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang.

Afternoon sessions featured Catalyst researchers discussing the unwritten rules for getting ahead; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusiveness; and work-life effectiveness.

What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You, But What You Do Could Too: The Unwritten Rules and Working Women’s Double-Bind
“Unwritten rules” are the norms for behavior in work settings that are not clearly laid out and must be discovered by individuals. Women—especially women of color—who are often left out of important work relationships with senior leaders, mentors, and coworkers, find it hard to learn them. In addition, many rules reinforce gender stereotypes about leadership. In this interactive session, Catalyst’s lead researcher on women of color and a CEO champion will explore the complexities of unwritten rules, the consequences of following or not following them, and successful practices for achieving more inclusive organizations.

Katherine Giscombe, Ph.D., Vice President, Women of Color Research, Catalyst
Robert W. Pease, President and CEO, Motiva Enterprises LLC

Creating LGBT-Inclusive Workplaces: Policy Isn’t Enough
While gender diversity and workplace inclusion have received much attention, policies, practices, and programs focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees are lacking. Because women may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, each LGBT identity group includes women and all LGBT-inclusion efforts enhance gender diversity. In this interactive session, representatives from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and Catalyst discuss the benefits of including LGBT employees and the barriers they face. Participants will learn how their organizations can move beyond basic human resources policies to a culture of LGBT inclusion.

Stephen Gould, Associate Director, NETWORKS!, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Christine Silva, Senior Associate, Catalyst Canada
Anika K. Warren, Ph.D., Director, Research, Catalyst

Work-Life Effectiveness: Sustaining Employees and Business
In times of economic turbulence, some organizations consider work-life effectiveness (WLE) initiatives a luxury. Yet for organizations with limited resources and tremendous work demands, the stakes—and payoff—of WLE are compelling. In this session, Catalyst and participants will share WLE strategies and practices for reducing costs while partnering with employees to develop creative solutions that increase quality, engagement, efficiency, and responsiveness at work and at home so that all talent may excel and businesses thrive.

Sylvia Apostolidis, Director, Member Services, Catalyst Canada
Aimee Horowitz, Director, Advisory Services, Catalyst
Jennifer Kohler, Associate, Advisory Services, Catalyst

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