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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    United in One Goal: Diversity in the German Soccer Team

    The end of the Second World War heralded in a time in Germany where any signs of patriotism became a no-go.   Only since 2006, during “ein Sommermärchen,” a summer’s fairy tale, when Germany hosted the FIFA World Cup football finals, are we, slowly but surely, taking pleasure in waving black, red...

    July 13, 2016 by Isabelle Kürschner, PhD

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    Journey to Authenticity: Being a LGBT Ally, Yet Feeling Like a Fraud

    I’ve always considered myself to be an open person, particularly as it relates to being an ally to the LGBT community, although it was always from afar. I attribute the distance of my support to growing up and living in a very conservative community where almost all of us went to the same church,...

    July 6, 2016 by Anonymous

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    The Importance of Going Beyond Your Comfort Zone

    We’re often presented with opportunities both in our personal and professional lives that force us to step outside of our comfort zones. Defining moments like these reveal a lot about who we are as individuals and ultimately shape the trajectory of our futures. When we take risks in our careers,...

    June 22, 2016 by Janice Liu

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    Ask Deborah: What Does It Take to Prepare the Next Generation for Leadership?

    There are many qualities that are associated with great leaders. At Catalyst we have found that the best leaders exhibit the EACH behaviors: Encouragement, Accountability, Courage and Humility. But how do we prepare future generations for leadership? What steps do we need to put in place to...

    June 14, 2016 by Deborah Gillis

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    How to Effectively Recover From a Mistake

    Have you ever accidentally sent an internal email to a client? Bombed a presentation? Migrated 15,0000 data points incorrectly (yes, I did this)? We have all been there. The moment you realize it, your stomach drops, your heart rate quickens, your cheeks flush, your hands become clammy, and your...

    June 9, 2016 by Tory Paez

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    Change Yourself Into a Change Agent

    Change agents fascinate me. They have influence that many try (and fail) to achieve through positions or titles. In case you’re not familiar with the term, a change agent is an individual who has the capacity and foresight to spot problems and opportunities, envision and describe a better future,...

    May 18, 2016 by Tory Paez

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    Ask Deborah: What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

    We often feel pressured by society to fit a certain mold. This especially rings true for women and even more so, mothers. The media is constantly painting a picture of what it means to be a “good mother” and as a result, too many women are left feeling like they’re never good enough.


    May 6, 2016 by Deborah Gillis

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    4 Interactions You Encounter at Work and What They Really Mean

    Recent research has suggested that people—both women and men—speak about 16,000 words each day. The average knowledge worker spends 28% of the workweek dedicated to emails—writing, reading, or responding to them. Cell phone users send or receive an average of 41.5 text messages per day and...

    April 15, 2016 by Alixandra Pollack, Emily Zuckerman, JD, PhD, Lauren Pasquarella Daley, PhD

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    Equal Pay Day: Isn’t It Time Women Get Paid Fairly?

    April 12 is Equal Pay Day, the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Let’s just take a moment to reflect on what that means. Because women earn, on average, only 78 cents to a man’s dollar, they need to work an extra four-plus...

    April 12, 2016 by Deborah Gillis

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    How to Avoid Career Complacency

    Whether you refer to it as your quarter- or mid-life crisis, boredom with your current role, or stagnation in your company, it is important to know when it's time to adjust, pivot, or begin something new in your professional world. Career complacency can sneak up on you or quietly brew day by day...

    March 23, 2016 by Tory Paez