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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

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    How to Apply to the Catalyst Award

    The Catalyst Award evaluation process is unique in that it is not about fulfilling requirements in a straightforward checklist or meeting a benchmark of diversity programs and activities.

    March 17, 2016 by Laura Sabattini, PhD

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    Handling Difficult Conversations

    For some people it is very stressful to handle difficult conversations. By difficult, I mean times when you are supposed to tell the truth to a direct report about his inadequate work, times when you have to tell the truth to your clients about a disappointing outcome, times when you can’t hide...

    March 15, 2016 by Rajat Garg

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    Catalyst World Watch US: 3 Issues We’re Following in California This Month

    There are many reasons to love living in California: perfect weather, beach life, and some of the best wines in the world.  However, as of January 1st, there are three more: SB 358, SB 579, and AB 202.

    SB 358—California Fair Pay Act:

    Although federal law prohibits employers from paying women...

    March 11, 2016 by Tuni DeJesus

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    This International Women’s Day, Let’s #PledgeForParity

    Around the New Year, I wrote a blog post reflecting on my wish for 2016, which included parity across all sectors, especially for the sake of our children. So it’s only appropriate that today, International Women’s Day, the annual commemoration of women’s achievements, we embark on the global...

    March 8, 2016 by Deborah Gillis

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    International Women’s Day: Quiz for Equality!

    From groundbreaking world leaders and CEOs to better family-leave policies at companies, there have been some significant steps toward parity this past year. In honor of 2016 International Women’s Day and its theme of “Pledge for Parity,” we’ve created a quick “equity quiz” to help test your...

    March 3, 2016 by Emily V. Troiano

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    #BlackHistoryMonth: Present-Day Heroes are Role Models for My Daughter

    I could count on my hands the amount of times “Black History” was discussed in school when I was growing up. Year after year we spent each February learning about the same historical figures: abolitionists Harriet Tubman and civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. These...

    February 29, 2016 by Afiya Lahens-Wallace

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    Press Play: Four Podcasts Women of Color Should Listen To

    As a New Yorker, my commute to and from work can often be a struggle. Considering the packed subway cars, unsolicited dance and music performances from people who make those crowded cars their stage, and riders who nearly spill their cup of morning joe on me or have no regard for space while...

    February 25, 2016 by Brandee Sanders