Strategic Alliances & Friends

Catalyst seeks intentional, mission-sharing organizations to join us in strategic initiatives, impactful conversations, and dynamic visibility opportunities, as we work toward our mutual goals of building inclusive workplaces and expanding progress for women.

For more information about our collaboration opportunities, contact Michael J. Chamberlain, Vice President, Events & Men Advocating Real Change (MARC), at +1 646 388 7770. 

Strategic Alliances 

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, policy makers 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.

  • NEW! Egon Zehnder has been studying gender diversity in the boardroom since 2004. Read the 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis report for the latest findings on gender diversity progress on boards around the globe. Explore the data through the report's complementary visualizer

In 2014, Masschusetts Govenor Deval Patrick's Women in the Workplace Initiative, in partnership with Bentley University's Center for Women in Business, launched a Corporate Challenge to the Massachusettes business community to take action to better support women and enable them to realize their leadership potential. Catalyst serves as a Strategic Action Partner.  

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.

Japan Women’s Innovative Network (J-Win) is a Japanese nonprofit dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace. J-Win is a “sister” organization to Catalyst; we share knowledge about the advancement of women in Japan and globally. is the next chapter of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In, which focuses on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions, and changing the conversation from what they can’t do to what they can do. LeanIn recently joined up with The Girl Scouts in a new campaign, #BanBossy, designed to eliminate the confidence gap between girls and boys.

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 chievement disparity between women and men across the universe.

Momentum Leaders is Alabama’s premier women’s leadership program which empowers a diverse group of promising women to develop leadership skills that positively impact business, culture and politics in Alabama.

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.

Talent Lab is a business intelligence and analytics solution that helps you discover and share the stories behind your human capital data.  

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 likeminded 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 Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network is an online destination for information about work and family, serving a global community interested in work and family research.

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 goverment recruit, retain, and develop women technology leaders. 

A Better Balance is a legal advocacy organization that engages government, the private sector, and individuals to create family-friendly law and policy.

Diana Project was established in 1999 to raise awareness and expectations of women business owners regarding the growth of their firms. A core belief of Diana is that rigorous research provides a powerful base for influencing systems. Information and knowledge that come from solid data can have irrefutable effects on changing attitudes, opinions and practices. 

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 & Women, a global viral campaign to solicit ideas about reaching goals for the 21st century that willl most impact women and girls, culminates in an inaugural G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto that brings together girls from each G20 country.

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.

INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today. For over 40 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity has connected potential employees with institutions and businesses choosing to embrace a workforce more reflective of our local and national communities.

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.

Mentoring Women's Network exists as a community of empowered women developing one another professionally through mentoring relationships.

Mom Corps is a professional staffing firm that connects employers with a unique pool of 120,000 experienced professionals seeking flexible work. 

Ms. JD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the success of women in law school and the legal profession. 

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.

National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) develops Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism. 

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. 

The Nova Collective is a strategic communications company with a focus on maximizing messaging impact and elevating underrepresented voices in business spaces through programs that can scale enterprise-wide but still retain the human connection that’s vital to transforming behaviors.

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. 

PROMOTE works to strengthen the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) enterprise by: 1.) increasing awareness of the importance of cross-gender mentoring 2.) providing a mentorship and leadership development program for women that retains and optimizes their talent.

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. 

Springboard Consulting empowers today’s leading organizations to become both an employer and supplier of choice for the disability community. 

The 100% Project is a not-for-profit organization that aims to address gender inequality as it affects leadership positions, opportunities and culture in mid-large Australian organizations.

The Transition Network is a nonprofit that helps its members explore life options for women over 50 and is a leader in the national dialogue about ageism, work options, retirement, and volunteerism.

TrueChild, a think tank and advocacy group, conducts research, provides resources to parents, and works on public policy in an effort to ensure that boys and girls are not limited by gender stereotypes and are able to reach their potential.

United Way of New York City has been a trusted partner to government, corporate partners and community-based organizations for over 76 years serving low-income New Yorkers, diagnosing neighborhood challenges, designing solutions to expand educational, income, and health opportunities, deploying resources and volunteers, and driving policy change guided by measured results.

Up-Stand provides education and support in changing norms around what it means to accommodate and support pregnancies and families.


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

Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange builds and bridges social capital among women of diverse cultures, fostering cross-cultural awareness and developing the infrastructure for community dialog, engagement, and programming. 

Women's International Networking (WIN) and the WIN Conference inspires leaders, to run companies and initiatives with noble values, and to fully live their own lives with beauty and enthusiasm accelerating change by developing, empowering, and connecting leaders to a global, authentic, and feminine vision.

WomensMedia provides the latest in-depth material to help working women advance.

The Women's Mosaic is a nonprofit dedicated to uniting and empowering women through programs that promote intercultural understanding and personal growth.

The Women's Museum™ is a Smithsonian affiliate that makes visible the unique, textured, and diverse stories of US women using the latest technology and interactive media in exhibits and programs that expand understanding of women's participation in shaping our nation's history and create a lively environment for dialogue and discovery.