Partners and Friends

Catalyst leads a global network of partners and friends committed to building a more equitable, inclusive, and fulfilling workplace for women. This community brings both local and global perspectives to the work we do at Catalyst, an essential element of achieving mission impact in a business world that is increasingly without borders.


Catalyst’s strategic partners are select, highly-respected mission-share organizations selected to help to scale the mission of accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion worldwide by collaborating to deliver enhanced community engagement and research-backed, solution-oriented products and service offerings.

Community Business is a nonprofit, Hong Kong-based organisation whose mission is to lead, inspire, and support businesses to have a positive impact on people and communities. Founded in 2003, with a presence in India and the United Kingdom, Community Business works with companies of all sizes and from diverse industries across Asia, harnessing the power of business to drive social change.

ComunidadMujer is a nonprofit, independent, and intersectional organization that promotes the rights of women and public policies that support the equality, equity, and participation of women in the labor and political spheres.

Inclusion Partners, a firm based in the United Kingdom, collaborates with leading global research and consulting partners with specific areas of inclusion expertise including, gender, culture, generational, neurodiversity, and inclusive leadership. That enables the firm to work with both smaller national organisations as well as larger multinational clients such as HSBC, Nestle, Unilever, and WPP Group.

Interweave, India’s leading diversity and inclusion solutions company, is a key Catalyst partner, allowing us to continue to expand our capabilities for accelerating progress for women in the workplace, and meet the needs of Catalyst Supporters in India, as well as other regions of the world.

MAREA Consulting, based in Mexico, creates innovative models of inclusion that allow organizations to build inclusive cultures, working hand-in-hand with leaders, measuring impact, and promoting talent as a catalyst for the competitive advantage of companies.



Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) is a collaboration of Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) that supports and advances the interests of executive women and minorities in the workplace.

Ascend Canada was founded in 2012 to enhance the presence, visibility, and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders.

Diversity Woman is an integrated print, event, and online business focused on business and leadership development, mentoring, skill enhancement, and empowerment, and serves as an external multimedia partner and solution provider for organizational diversity and inclusion initiatives.

EdX offers interactive online classes and massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world’s best universities, colleges, and organizations, such as MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, and CatalystX. EdX is a nonprofit online initiative created by founding partners at Harvard and MIT. As a member, Catalyst joins a carefully selected group of universities, NGOs, businesses, and other high-profile quality course builders.

El Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa (IPADE Business School) at the Universidad Panamericana is Mexico’s leading business school. Through a partnership with IPADE, Catalyst is working closely with the Research Center for Women in Senior Management—Centro de Investigación de la Mujer en la Alta Dirección (CIMAD)—to drive impact in Mexico. CIMAD’s mission is to support the personal and professional development of women leaders through research relevant to individuals, organizations, and society.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Catalyst has been one of IWD’s Charity of Choice for a number of years.

LeanIn.Org, through Lean In Circles, public awareness, and education, focuses on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions and changing the conversation from what they can’t do to what they can do.

Women Business Collaborative (WBC) is an alliance of women’s business organizations, corporations, trade associations, researchers and the media accelerating: the advancement of diverse female representation in C-Suites and boardrooms, the achievement of gender diversity and parity in the workplace, and the growth of women-owned businesses and their access to sources of capital. WBC is an “accelerator” organization. They are dedicated to building a movement to rapidly change the numbers. #WBCFasterTogether

Women in Capital Markets (WCM) is a Toronto-based nonprofit that promotes the entry, development, and advancement of women in the institutional and wealth-management areas of the investment industry.

WOMEN Unlimited is a nationally recognized resource for cultivating leadership excellence for high-potential women.



2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign seeking to increase the percentage of women on US public boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020 through redefining corporate governance and gender diversity standards and creating a cultural imperative for action.

DirectWomen was founded in 2007 as a collaboration between the American Bar Association and Catalyst to enable women lawyers to prepare for service as independent corporate directors. Now an independent 501(c)3 organization, Catalyst and the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession continue to be important strategic partners. seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and increase the positive impact of technology on the world’s women. Since 1997,  has developed tools and programs designed to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women technology leaders.

Diversity Council Australia is the independent, not-for-profit diversity advisor to business that leads diversity thought and practice in Australia in partnership with member organisations.

Catalyst is proud to support Target Gender Equality, a programme of the United Nations Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General calling on companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals.