Celebrating the 2017 Catalyst Award Winners

On March 8, 2017, International Women's Day, initiatives from 3M, BMO Financial Group and Rockwell Automation were honored with the prestigious 2017 Catalyst Award at the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner, Leadership Redefined, in New York City. For 30 years, the Catalyst Award has recognized exceptional efforts that help advance women in business.

International Women's Day

On March 8, the world celebrates International Women's Day, the annual commemoration of women's achievements—socially, economically, culturally, and politically. Catalyst was selected as an official charity partner for the International Women's Day organization in support of their 2017 theme, #BeBoldForChange, keenly in line with our own theme of Leadership Redefined! 

Lead Sponsor

Catalyst thanks our Lead Dinner Sponsor Nationwide whose generous support allows us to advance our mission to accelerate progress for women in the workplace.

Dinner Chair

The 2017 Awards Dinner Chair was David S. Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Procter and Gamble Company. Read his speech or watch it below.

Read the Awards press release

Leadership Redefined

The 2017 Catalyst Awards Dinner, recognized 30 years of Catalyst Award-winning initiatives with the evening's theme, Leadership Redefined. Gender equality is a central tenet to propelling workplaces and the world to a more inclusive future. We must rethink old definitions and create a new vision, which requires:

  • Redefining leadership in how we drive inclusion and equal representation at all levels, in all professions, and in all walks of life, including the home.
  • Redefining leadership in how we show up on gender-related issues with our consumers and stakeholders and in how we amplify our voices externally.
  • And, redefining leadership in how we all connect and collaborate across organizations (businesses, NGOs/nonprofits, governments, and society) to amplify and accelerate progress toward gender equality.
About the Catalyst Award

At the annual Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner, we recognize innovative organizational initiatives that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women. Since 1987, Catalyst has recognized 85 initiatives at 79 organizations from around the world. These groundbreaking diversity and inclusion programs have changed workplaces, communities, and lives.

3M - I'm in. Accelerating Women's Leadership


BMO Financial Group - Diversity and Inclusion Renewal for Sustainable Change


Rockwell Automation - The Culture of Inclusion Journey

3M - I'm in. Accelerating Women's Leadership


BMO Financial Group - Diversity and Inclusion Renewal for Sustainable Change


Rockwell Automation - The Culture of Inclusion Journey

Click the picture below to view the Dinner program.

Keynote: Deborah Gillis

President and CEO, Catalyst


Read her speech.


Dinner Chair: David S. Taylor

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company


Peter Voser

Chair, Catalyst Board of Directors and Chair, ABB


Gale King

Executive Vice President and CAO, Nationwide

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mchamberlain says:
3/20/2017 03:37:56

Deborah mentioned an easy "win" in her speech. I encourage everyone to check it out!

"We’ve just launched a free 45-minute online course called Communication Skills for Bridging Divides. We’re doing this as a public service because we believe it’s deeply important and desperately needed. Imagine the impact if everyone in the country took this course over lunch tomorrow?"

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