The 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner sponsored by RBC and Shell Oil Company, was held Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at The Waldorf Astoria in New York. A special Catalyst Awards Conference was held earlier in the day. The celebration annually honors innovative organizational initiatives with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women.


Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst, gave the keynote address.


Denise Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company, 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner Chair.


Jim Turley, Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young, and outgoing Chair of the Catalyst Board of Directors.


Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alcoa Inc.


Muhtar Kent, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company.


Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever.


Gordon Nixon, President & CEO, RBC, speaks at the 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner.


Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and incoming Chair of the Catalyst Board of Directors.

2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner Winner Video
Alcoa Inc.—Building Opportunities for Women in a “Hard Hat” Company


2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner Winner Video
The Coca-Cola Company—Global Women’s Initiative: Women as the Real Drivers of the 21st Century


2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner Winner Video
Unilever—Global Reach With Local Roots: Creating a Gender-Balanced Workforce in Different Cultural Contexts

The event kicked off with a cocktail reception, giving attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle before the dinner.

The 2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner was chaired by Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company, who hosted the CEOs of Catalyst Award-winning organizations and nearly 1,600 guests including other leading executives from top corporations and professional firms.

The event also featured remarks by Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst; James S. Turley, Chairman &CEO, Ernst & Young, and Chair, Catalyst Board of Directors; and the CEOs of the companies awarded for their outstanding initiatives.

2013 Catalyst Awards Dinner Video


Click on the image below to view a compendium that highlights some of the most impactful moments of the 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner with graphic recordings created live during the day.

Alcoa Inc.

In the midst of hard economic times, Alcoa’s initiative Building Opportunities for Women in a “Hard Hat” Company is increasing women’s representation in leadership roles and promoting gender inclusion in a male-dominated industry known for its demanding work conditions (e.g., 24/7 plant operations, heavy industrial work in mines, refineries, and smelters). The initiative began in 2008, when CEO Klaus Kleinfeld established new diversity goals and strategic priorities, and it is supported by the Alcoa Diversity & Inclusion Council, which oversees all of Alcoa’s diversity programs and Affinity Groups. Although the company was significantly affected by the economic downturn of late 2008, Alcoa continued to pursue its diversity goals, maintaining aggressive objectives and robust accountability systems to leverage its talent programs and improve  results. By communicating a motivating vision to all employees, Alcoa’s leadership team simultaneously improved transparency and highlighted the importance of inclusion to create a better work environment.


The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company’s Global Women’s Initiative: Women as the Real Drivers of the 21st Century seeks to advance women internally and economically empower women externally. Initiated and driven by the company’s CEO, Coca-Cola’s initiative enjoys strong senior leadership support globally, based on a robust business rationale that capitalizes on the fact that women make over 70 percent of consumer purchasing decisions on Coca-Cola’s products worldwide. It is overseen by a global Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and regional sub-councils that customize the initiative to meet local needs. The WLC, composed of 17 senior women leaders across many geographies and functions, advises the CEO and senior leaders on strategies and initiatives for the accelerated development and advancement of women for senior leadership positions. Company-wide strategic goals are cascaded down to business units around the world, which drive localized action. The regional sub-councils facilitate local alignment and integration by working closely with business unit leaders to drive results.


Unilever’s initiative, Global Reach With Local Roots: Creating a Gender-Balanced Workforce in Different Cultural Contexts, accelerates the advancement of high-potential women across different regions and leverages the company’s strong foundation of cultural diversity and multinational expertise to promote a culture of inclusion.

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