Over the past 50 years, Catalyst and our staff have received accolades and awards from many prestigious organizations.

Most recently, we have received the following recognition.



  • Catalyst Canada was honored on July 10 with a Reader's Choice award for Diversity/Employment Equity Consultants from the Canadian HR Reporter.

  • Catalyst's Dnika J. Travis, PhD, Vice President and Center Leader, Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice, named to Profiles in Diversity Journal's 2017 Women Worth Watching list. Women Worth Watching are nominated by their colleagues and peers for their initiative and achievements. They “are women of purpose and drive who represent diversity within their spheres of influence”, and who are “breaking new ground within an organization or industry”.

  • Ilene H. Lang, Catalyst's President from 2003-2014 and CEO from 2008-2014, was honored with the Harvard Business School's prestigious Alumni Achievement Award

  • On May 13, Cape Breton University conferred the honorary degree Doctor of Laws on Deborah Gillis, Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer, for dedicating her life’s work to advocating for women’s rights and equality. Said CBU Interim President Dr. Dale Keefe: “We are absolutely thrilled to be honouring Ms. Gillis…[she] is proof that hard work, determination, and education can be the key to success and can create great opportunities to affect change and inspire others with your passions.”

  • On February 17, Shachi Irde, Executive Director, Catalyst India WRC, received the Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader award from the World HR Congress in Mumbai, India.  


  • On December 8, Deborah Gillis, Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer, was honored with The Foreign Policy Association's FPA Medal recognizing her responsible internationalism and work to expand public knowledge of international affairs.  Past recipients include the Honorable Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City; Timothy Geithner, Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank; Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister, Australia; Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and  Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, among others.

  • On April 7, Catalyst received a proclamation from the New York City Council for its efforts to promote the advancement and equality of women in the workplace, specifically for supporting and contributing to the passage of legislation requiring the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) to produce a voluntary survey to be distributed to all prospective city contractors that will collect racial, ethnic, and gender information on their executives and board members. The legislation was signed into law by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio on April 21, 2016. 

New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and Catalyst President & CEO Deborah Gillis look on as New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signs the bill.

New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and Catalyst President & CEO Deborah Gillis look on as New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signs the bill.



  • Catalyst listed as top charity for women's rights in New York Magazine's annual Gift Guide issue.  

  • Deborah Gillis, Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer, named in Canadian Business'Power 50: Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2016 as the 10th most powerful leader in this exclusive list of executives, entrepreneurs, politicos, and thinkers who are changing the way Canada does business. 

  • Deborah Gillis, Catalyst President & Chief Executive Officer, named in the National Association of Corporate Governance (NACD) Directorship 100: Governance Professionals and Institutions list in recognition of her significant impact on boardroom practices and performance. 



  • Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang received the Foreign Policy Association Medal from the Foreign Policy Association, which serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.

  • and Catalyzing named a Forbes Top 100 Websites For Women 2013.

  • Catalyst is honored by Spanish nonprofit Mujeres para el Diálogo y la Educación (MDE) with its Premios Solidarios MDE 2013 in the category “La institución más comprometida con la mujer.” 

  • Catalyst is honored by the World Policy Institute for its global outlook, fresh, constructive, solution-focused approaches, ability to engage broader audiences in addressing global challenges, and positive impact on the world.

  • receives an Interactive Media Award for Best In Class for Associations/Nonprofits. 

  • receives an Honorable Mention in the 43rd Annual Creativity International Awards for Website Public Service or Non-Profit.