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Catalyst Honors Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP With 2005 Catalyst Award for Outstanding Initiatives to Advance Women

Anne M. Mulcahy, Chairman & CEO of Xerox Corporation, Chairs 30th Annual Gala Dinner on March 24, 2005

At its 30th annual gala dinner, Catalyst presented Georgia-Pacific Corporation and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP with the 2005 Catalyst Award for their initiatives to advance women in the workplace. Catalyst annually honors strategic business initiatives that result in the recruitment, development, and advancement of women.

Anne M. Mulcahy, Chairman & CEO of Xerox Corporation, chaired the 30th Annual Catalyst Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria, honoring this year’s Award winners. The Dinner attracts more than 175 companies and more than 50 Fortune 500 CEOs. 

“The Catalyst Award is an annual milestone of the progress we’ve made to achieve our mission and vision,” said Catalyst President Ilene H. Lang. “This year’s winning initiatives demonstrate what companies can achieve when they break through stereotypes and set new expectations for their organizations. By honoring these initiatives, we illuminate a path for others to follow.” 

Tom Cole, Chairman of the Executive Committee at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP commented, “Our commitment to diversity begins with an understanding that by expanding opportunities for women and minorities in our firm, we’re expanding opportunities for all of our colleagues. Our success in advancing the careers of women is also reflected in the performance and talent of the 100 women partners and 420 women lawyers throughout our firm.” 

A.D. “Pete” Correll, Chairman & CEO of Georgia-Pacific Corporation said, “We are extremely honored to receive this year's Catalyst award, as this kind of recognition goes to the heart of what we've worked hard to accomplish at Georgia-Pacific. While staying true to our values we've been able to provide opportunities for women and minorities at all levels of our company." 

Earlier in the day, each Award-winning company presented an in-depth discussion of their initiatives during Catalyst’s Annual Awards Conference at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The full-day conference also included a series of panel discussions with some of the country’s leading experts on topical issues facing women in today’s workplace.

Georgia-Pacific’s initiative, Bridging Cultures, Leveraging Differences, was implemented following a major acquisition that evolved the corporation’s business plan into a more consumer and customer-focused strategy. The acquisition launched a rigorous plan designed to bridge the knowledge and talents of a diverse workforce and increase the representation of women in the pipeline and at senior levels. Through a set of four distinct mechanisms - communicating a solid business case for diversity; creating the diversity-of-thought concept; establishing a network of individuals and teams that support the initiative; and designing a set of accountability mechanisms that ensure all employees receive the developmental and promotional opportunities they deserve – Georgia-Pacific has increased the number of women at the Executive Vice President level from 9 percent to 29 percent. Additionally, representation of women at the President/Vice President level increased from 11 percent to 17 percent, and at the Senior Director/Director/Controller level from 22 percent to 30 percent.

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s Strategies for Success: An Ongoing Commitment to Diversity is part of a sustained effort to create an inclusive environment that recruits, develops, advances, and retains women at the firm. Sidley’s initiative, supported by a strong commitment from senior leadership, was designed to bring diverse talent into the firm and promote women to partnership and positions of authority. Through innovative programs and policies - including a formal accountability mechanism in which Sidley partners are required to annually account for their personal efforts to improve the diversity of the firm - Sidley has increased its women lawyers promoted to partnership to 43 percent in 2004, up from 22 percent in 2002. In 2004, almost 18 percent of the total partnership was comprised of women, and one-third of the firm’s women partners currently hold positions as firm-wide or office committee chairs or co-chairs.

About the Catalyst Award
Since 1987, Catalyst has annually honored outstanding initiatives and efforts of companies and firms that result in women’s career development and advancement. Catalyst accepts applications from private and public companies and professional services firms. Each initiative is evaluated against the following criteria: measurable results, business rationale, senior-level leadership, accountability, communication of initiative, ability to replicate and sustain the initiative, and originality. Initiatives need not focus exclusively on women, but results must demonstrate that the initiative supports women’s advancement, including that of women of color. For more information about Catalyst and the Catalyst Award application process, please visit

Previous Catalyst Award Winners (1987-2004):


The Dow Chemical Company
McDonald’s Corporation
The Allstate Corporation
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Mobil Corporation
American Airlines
Eastman Kodak Company
Morrison & Foerster
The American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care
The Equitable Financial Companies
Arthur Andersen & Co., S.C
Ernst & Young LLP
The Northern Trust Company
American Express
Fannie Mae
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Avon Mexico
Gannett Co., Inc.
The Procter & Gamble Company
Avon Products, Inc.
General Electric
Sara Lee Corporation
Bank of Montreal
General Mills, Inc.
SC Johnson Wax
Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Shell Oil Company
Bayer Corporation
Hewlett-Packard Company
TD Bank Financial Group
Charles Schwab & Company
Hoechst Celanese Corporation
Tenneco Inc.
Con Edison
Texas Instruments
Connecticut Consortium for Child Care
J. C. Penney Company, Inc.
US Sprint Communications Company
Continental Insurance
John Hancock Financial Services
U S West, Inc
Corning Glass Works
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
WellPoint Healthnetworks Inc.
Corning Incorporated
Knight-Ridder Inc.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Marriott International Inc.

About Catalyst
Catalyst is the leading research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. As an independent, nonprofit membership organization, Catalyst uses a solutions-oriented approach that has earned the confidence of business leaders around the world. Catalyst conducts research on all aspects of women’s career advancement and provides strategic consulting services on a global basis to help companies and firms advance women and build inclusive environments. In addition, we honor exemplary business initiatives that promote women’s leadership with our annual Catalyst Award. With offices in New York City, San Jose, California, and Toronto, Catalyst is consistently ranked No. 1 among U.S. nonprofits focused on women’s issues by The American Institute of Philanthropy. For more information, please visit

About Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, paper, building products, and related chemicals. Its familiar consumer tissue brands include Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, Sparkle®, Soft 'n Gentle®, Mardi Gras®, So-Dri®, Green Forest®, and Vanity Fair®, as well as the Dixie® brand of disposable cups, plates, and cutlery. Georgia-Pacific’s building products manufacturing business has long been among the nation’s leading suppliers of building products to lumber and building materials dealers and large do-it-yourself warehouse retailers. For more information, please visit

About Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP is one of the world's largest full-service law firms, with more than 1,550 lawyers practicing in 14 domestic and international cities. The firm represents a broad range of clients. Sidley was named the Number One-Ranked U.S. Law Firm for Overall Client Service in 2003 and 2004 in surveys of Fortune 1000 corporate executives by BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm. BTI recently named three Sidley attorneys to its All-Star Team of lawyers in recognition of superior client service. For more information, please visit