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Catalyst Honors Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente, McDonald’s Corporation, and Time Warner Inc. with the 2011 Catalyst Award

NEW YORK– Catalyst announces that initiatives from Kaiser Permanente, McDonald’s Corporation, and Time Warner Inc. are the recipients of the 2011 Catalyst Award, the annual award honoring exceptional initiatives from organizations that support and advance women in business.
“This year’s dynamic winning initiatives reflect the power and reach of Catalyst’s mission: ‘Expanding opportunities for women and business,’” said Ilene H. Lang, President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst. “They represent the future of diverse, agile organizations eager to strengthen their position in a tough global economy and serve as models of inclusive workplaces that improve the lives of employees and their families and communities.”
Catalyst Award-winning initiatives are evaluated in a rigorous year-long process against a robust set of criteria: business rationale, senior leadership support, accountability, communication, employee engagement, innovation, and measurable results. This year’s Award winners—all from industry leaders with high-profile brands—include:

  • A ground-breaking initiative that demonstrates that reflecting the diversity within communities in the organization's staff and leadership can improve the effectiveness of healthcare delivery and reduce disparities in care among diverse groups.
  • A high-impact initiative that reflects a true understanding of diversity and inclusion as a global priority, with proven results of advancing women to leadership positions at every level, from restaurants to the boardroom.
  • A leading-edge initiative from the first media conglomerate to win the Catalyst Award that uses diversity and inclusion to break down barriers across divisions and geographies to create a unified company and expand opportunities for women across the industry.

Kaiser Permanente’s initiative, Achieving Our Mission and Growing the Business Through the National Diversity Agenda, makes diversity and inclusion central to the organization’s competitive advantage and its ability to deliver culturally competent health care to its 8.6 million members. The initiative demonstrates that an investment in diversity and inclusion can yield continual improvement for women and men. In 2007, women held 47 percent of senior executive positions, and racially/ethnically diverse women held 12 percent of these positions. By 2009, these numbers had increased to 50 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Between 2001 and 2009, the percentage of women board directors increased from 21 percent to 36 percent, and racially/ethnically diverse women on the board increased from 7 percent to 24 percent.
McDonald’s Corporation’s strong commitment to inclusion led the company to build on its successful and longstanding diversity work in the United States by creating Freedom Within a Framework: Global Women's Initiative. Since its inception in 2006, outcomes to advance women globally have been achieved, most notably in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa (APMEA), Europe, and the United States. The representation of women as restaurant managers—a critical stepping-stone to leadership roles—has increased significantly across all three regions from 2006 to 2009: in APMEA, from 27 percent to 35 percent; in Europe, from 45 percent to 52 percent; and in the United States, from 62 percent to 64 percent. Additionally, the percentage of women in market leadership roles has grown substantially between 2006 and 2010. Between 2006 and 2009, the percentage of women on the board of directors also increased from 14 percent to 23 percent.
Time Warner Inc.’s initiative, Creating a Unified Culture: Investing in Our Women Leaders, has resulted in a critical mass of powerful senior women role models. Using a compelling market-oriented business case for diversity and inclusion as a foundation, the initiative sought to formalize employee development policies, unify the siloed culture, and accelerate the development of leaders, including the substantial pipeline of women. Metrics show that Time Warner Inc.’s culture has become increasingly inclusive as a result of this initiative. From 2003 to 2009, women’s representation in executive management rose from 18 percent to 23 percent. The percentage of women in the pipeline (vice president level and above) to top management increased from 37 percent to 42 percent, and the numbers for racially/ethnically diverse women rose from 5 percent to 8 percent.
Kaiser Permanente, McDonald’s Corporation, and Time Warner Inc. will present in-depth discussions on their initiatives at the 2011 Catalyst Awards Conference at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York on March 29, 2011. The conference, which is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Walmart, will feature keynote speaker Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO, Kraft Foods. In the evening, the 2011 Catalyst Awards Dinner, sponsored by Deloitte LLP and Shell Oil Company, will be chaired by Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation. More than 70 CEOs and leaders of major corporations, firms, academic institutions, and nonprofit organizations are expected to attend, along with over 1500 guests representing at least 140 national and global companies.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and more than 400 preeminent corporations as members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.
The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women. Catalyst’s rigorous, year-long examination of initiatives culminates in intensive on-site evaluations at select organizations. By recognizing, sharing, and celebrating successful initiatives, Catalyst provides models for creating initiatives that are good for women and good for business.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to:
McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s leading global foodservice retailer with more than 32,000 locations serving 60 million customers in more than 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s Corporation restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women. To learn more about the company, please visit and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (
Time Warner Inc., a global leader in media and entertainment with businesses in television networks, filmed entertainment and publishing, uses its industry-leading operating scale and brands to create, package and deliver high-quality content worldwide through multiple distribution outlets.