Partners and Friends

Catalyst leads a network of partners and friends committed to building a more equitable, inclusive, and fulfilling workplace for women in the 21st century. We are seeking organizations that share our mission to join us in strategic initiatives, impactful conversations, and dynamic visibility opportunities, as we work toward our mutual goals of building inclusive workplaces and accelerating progress for women. For more information about collaboration opportunities, contact Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, at +1 646 388 7770.


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.

All In Together is a non-partisan, collaboration-driven campaign to empower women with the tools they need to drive meaningful change- amplifying their voices on the civic, social, and political issues that matter to them.

American Bar Association (ABA)—DirectWomen is a collaboration between the American Bar Association and Catalyst to enable women lawyers to prepare for service as independent corporate directors.

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

Ceres is a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. We mobilize a powerful network of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. Catalyst is a member of the Ceres Coalition working to promote sustainability by moving companies, policymakers, and other market players to incorporate environmental and social factors into their decision-making and to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy.

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 non-profit 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.

Since 1964, Egon Zehnder has been at the forefront of defining great leadership in the face of changing economic conditions, emerging opportunities and evolving business goals. With more than 400 consultants in 69 offices and 41 countries around the globe, we work closely with public and private corporations, family-owned enterprises and nonprofit and government agencies to provide board advisory services, CEO and leadership succession planning, executive search and assessment, and leadership development.

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.

Interweave, India’s leading Diversity & 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., 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.

Levo is a social startup designed to elevate young women in the workforce by providing them the career resources needed to achieve personal and professional success. Levo works toward a vision of the future where there is no income or achievement disparity between women and men across the universe.

POWER is an exclusive, three-part program that consists of workshops, a keynote presentation/reception, and simultaneous, theme-specific, executive dinner panels. Since its inception in 2004, POWER has garnered support from multinational corporations as well as civic and women’s organizations. More than 7,000 women leaders have participated in POWER programs internationally.

Profiles in Diversity Journal serves as a forum for exchanging experiences and ideas among diversity practitioners.

The Representation Project uses film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, inspiring individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their human potential.

The 3% Conference teaches men and women in creative agencies and on the client side how to address the barriers that prevent women from excelling in the industry and offers something that has been sorely lacking for female creatives: a sense of community.

White Men as Full Diversity Partners guides leaders toward deeper understanding and awareness, heightened cultural competence, and transformational leadership, as it relates to white men, the white male culture, and the white male impact on the workplace.

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 of Influence produces inspiring, progressive, and celebratory events across the country aimed at filling the gap for women looking for mentors or to connect with like-minded individuals on their path to success.

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

Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) is an Australian statutory authority that works with employers to improve equal opportunity outcomes for women in the workplace by delivering practical solutions, building strategic partnerships, and leading public debate to increase the rate of change.


1 Million for Work Flexibility is a national movement calling for a collective voice in support of work flexibility, with the goal of advancing flexible work initiatives on a broader scale than ever before.

2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign seeking to increase the percentage of women on U.S. 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.

The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) 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, ABI 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.

Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through research-based programs and public education efforts.

The InterOrganization Network (ION) consists of regional organizations located across the United States that work to advance women to positions of power—primarily to boards of directors and executive suites—in the business world.

Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is a Canadian membership group that represents the interests of this community and supports good corporate governance, including diversity on boards.

National Center for Women Information Technology (NCWIT) works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance.

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community and is the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to identifying and promoting the innovators and leaders among American women who have helped shape our country and continue to impact its future through their work in the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science.

The National Women’s History Museum moves toward securing a permanent site on or near the National Mall with the mission to bring women’s history into the mainstream.

Network of Executive Women is the consumer products and retail’s largest learning and leadership community in the US and Canada with education, events, and best practices developed to advance women, build business, and lead the way to a better workplace for all.

NYC Ladders for Leaders, a partnership between New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the Commission on Women’s Issues, offers high school and college students summer internships with New York-based businesses.

Out Leadership understands that LGBT+ inclusion positively impacts business results, and that including LGBT+ people at the most senior level of executive leadership is powerfully beneficial for business bottom lines. At Out Leadership, this strategy is referred to as Return on Equality™. Its OutWOMEN initiative is the first to connect and promote out LGBT+ women in business, globally.

ReacHIRE partners with small and large employers who are committed to increasing the number of women in experienced positions, creating more career off-ramps and on-ramps, and building concrete paths to leadership for women.

Second City Works, the B2B side of The Second City, uses award-winning, low-risk, high-energy improvisation and audience-driven techniques to enhance assimilation, empathy and collaboration in the workplace.

Tapped is an executive search consultancy that places female leaders in C-suite/VP level roles. The firm is working to establish parity in US corporate leadership by interviewing women first in all of their executive searches.

Vision 2020 is a national project of Drexel University, College of Medicine, focused on advancing gender equality through dialogue about women and leadership.

WISE (Women in Sports and Events) is a leading voice and membership resource organization, providing peer support, mentoring programs and professional development and training for women in the business of sports.