The 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner and 50th Anniversary Celebration, sponsored by PepsiCo, Inc., and Shell Oil Company, was held at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York. A special two-day Catalyst Awards Conference was held earlier.

The 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner and 50th Anniversary Celebration was chaired by James S. Turley, Catalyst Board Chair, and Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young, who hosted the CEOs of Catalyst Award-winning organizations and more than 2,000 corporate leaders. With so many attendees, we filled both the Grand Ballroom—all tiers packed—and the Starlight Roof. A live video feed connected the rooms and guests had fun celebrating together and toasting Catalyst's historic legacy and its future. In addition to celebrating the 2012 Catalyst Award-winning initiatives—extraordinary programs from Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Sodexo that have resulted in the recruitment, development, and advancement of women—we commemorated Catalyst's founding in 1962 and the important work that has been accomplished in the last 50 years. The night was a spectacular gala for champions of women's leadership and showed that we are all Catalysts.

Click on the images below to view videos from our Catalyst Awards Dinner and 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Debuted at the 2012 Catalyst Awards Dinner, this video shows the power that individuals have to spark real change in the workplace.


2012 Catalyst Award Winner Video - Commonwealth Bank of Australia


2012 Catalyst Award Winner Video - Sodexo

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)'s initiative, Opening the Door for Gender Diversity, seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions through a variety of strategies and programs aimed at breaking down barriers women and diverse populations often face in the workplace. CBA demonstrated its commitment to gender diversity by setting the first public target in Australian financial services for women's representation at senior levels. By valuing, respecting, and providing opportunities for all its people, CBA leverages their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to provide excellent customer service to an equally diverse community. As a result, the initiative supports the overall goals of the organization.



Sodexo's initiative, Making Every Day Count: Driving Business Success Through the Employee Experience, is a systemic strategy to provide the tools, resources, and support necessary to ensure success of all employees, including women. The initiative focuses on Sodexo's more than 15,000 salaried employees working at 6,000 client sites and offices throughout the United States. It leverages a top-down, bottom-up, middle-out strategy to drive diversity and inclusion, inform diversity strategies, engage employees across levels and functions, and influence client employees. With a strategic focus on the business case and how diversity can drive employee engagement and business development, Sodexo's diversity efforts have developed from a compliance framework to a strategic business imperative embedded in the fabric of the culture.



Click on the image below to view the Dinner Program.

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