Catalyst BlogCatalyzing is the Catalyst blog, bringing together and amplifying diverse voices that share Catalyst’s mission to expand opportunities for women and business. Catalyzing reflects the wide range of opinions, ideas, and experiences of Catalyst employees, incorporating perspectives from our offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. It also features non-Catalyst industry leaders, experts, and academics committed to changing workplaces and lives. Get the RSS feed.

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    Men Who Get It: Lack of Diversity Stifles Innovation

    What’s at stake if we don’t get more women into leadership positions? The innovation, progression, and longevity of a company. Gerald Schotman, former EVP Innovation and R&D, Chief Technology Officer, Royal Dutch Shell, says: “It’s very important for me to advance more women in leadership...

    March 24, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Profiles in Disruption: Why Mentorship is Key

    Some of the most prominent people have credited their success to mentors who have had an indelible influence on their lives. Oprah Winfrey confided in Maya Angelou when it came to navigating through life; Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg turned to Larry Summers for advice while she was at student  at...

    March 20, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Five Things to Say Instead of “Sorry”

    I recently came across a Pantene ad that went viral in June. Besides highlighting the flawless and beautiful hair of the actresses, it features multiple situations where women unnecessarily say “sorry”—a verbal tic that, for many women, has become entrenched in everyday conversation. In...

    March 16, 2015 by Tory Paez

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    Millennial Voices: You Can’t Get What You Don’t Ask For

    We’ve all heard it said that “you don’t get what you don’t ask for” (or “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” or “if you don’t ask, the answer is always no”). Most people don’t exactly live by the phrases they saw on inspirational posters in their ninth grade classrooms. But as someone who...

    March 11, 2015 by Anna Burns

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    Celebrating “International Wake Up, Don’t Lose Your Talent Year”

    It was in 1975, during the International Women's Year, that the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on March 8. It started as an occasion dedicated to looking back and reflecting on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, to looking ahead to the untapped...

    March 9, 2015 by Deepali Bagati

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    International Women’s Day: Game Changer Quiz

    From Malala Yousafzai to Emma Watson to Beyonce, it’s undeniable that women are making bold moves to change the world!  In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the achievements of women who took action to #DisruptTheDefault in the past year. We were paying attention in...

    March 5, 2015 by Emily V. Troiano, Amelia Costigan

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    Ask Deborah: What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing Women and Girls Around the World?

    Our President & Chief Executive Officer Deborah Gillis is the fourth President in Catalyst’s 52-year history. In this month’s Ask Deborah, in preparation for International Women’s Day, we posed a reader’s question about the biggest challenges facing women and girls around the world today....

    March 2, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    I Don’t Lack Ambition

    I don’t want to be a CEO.

    I don’t want to be a board director.

    Kind of ironic, considering that I work for Catalyst, an organization dedicated to helping increase women’s representation in upper management. But that’s not what I want for myself, and that’s totally okay. It doesn’t mean that I’m...

    February 26, 2015 by Cheryl Yanek

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    Profile in Disruption: Disrupting the Default for Women of Color

    As we reflect on the strides and accomplishments made by African Americans during Black History Month, were also faced with the reality that women of color are still confronted with hurdles in the workplace. Theyre often stereotyped, have limited opportunities, and theyre on the low end...

    February 24, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Boardroom Trailblazer

    Catalyst’s #DisruptTheDefault campaign is a call to action for individuals and companies to make bold moves that forge meaningful change for women and men in the workplace—and the world! And our Profiles in Disruption blogs showcase how others are doing this in their lives and their...

    February 19, 2015 by Catalyst