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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    Avon: “The Company for Women” Continues to Put Women First

    Avon is known as “the company for women,” and to this 131-year-old organization, it’s more than a slogan. Avon—which built its brand by giving women the opportunity to succeed on their own terms—today boasts a global workforce comprising 60% women. But even it is not immune to one of the most common corporate gender balance problems: a smaller proportion of women at the senior leadership level. While globally women constitute 41% of the director and above population, a position many organizations would envy, Avon is committed to raising the bar, most notably in its Latin American region where the decline in representation of women at the leadership level is steeper.

    December 14, 2017 by Catalyst

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    Voya Gives New Meaning to the Term "Continuous Improvement"

    When Voya Financial spun off from ING Group in 2013, leadership seized the opportunity to build a new kind of company—one centered around a thoughtfully curated culture of integrity, performance, and inclusion. Charged with revamping the company’s culture to achieve new financial and talent-development goals, Voya’s transformation, led by CEO Rodney O. Martin, Jr., started at the very top—building out a new and diverse board of directors. 

    December 7, 2017 by Catalyst

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    Sodexo: “Doing Better” by Empowering Women to Succeed

    In 2017, Sodexo—provider of quality-of-life services to more than 75 million customers in 80 countries—set the ambitious goal of having 40% women at its senior leadership level by 2025. Choosing that particular target was no accident. It was influenced by a gender-balance study Sodexo conducted in 2014 among 50,000 managers across 100 entities. 

    November 30, 2017 by Catalyst

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    Who Says My Mom Can’t Have It All? Reflections of a Teenage Son

    As on most Sunday mornings, my family was poring over the weekend paper, discussing the news, when my Mom handed me an article by Stephanie Coontz, Do Millennial Men Want Stay-at-Home Wives? The article references a study by Joanna Pepin and David Cotter on high school seniors and their gender...

    November 22, 2017 by Pranav Mulgund

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    We Can All Be Everyday Heroes

    The word “superhero” conjures up images of capes, masks, lots of Lycra, and extraordinary powers. And based on decades of pop culture imagery, it’s usually a male hero saving the day. However, thanks to the incredible success of the recent Wonder Woman movie, we are currently experiencing a much-needed burst of superhero equality! But I digress. There’s actually another kind of heroism I want to talk about today. And it’s just as powerful.  

    November 8, 2017 by Deborah Gillis

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    Sexual Harassment: Enough is Enough

    I recently gave a speech where I called for organizations to adopt a “zero tolerance policy” for practices and behaviors that marginalize women—all the inertia that pushes men forward into leadership while pushing women out of the way—and challenged men to step up and be counted as champions of gender equality.  

    October 18, 2017 by Deborah Gillis

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    What’s Keeping Latinas From the Top?

    Several years ago, when I was contemplating leaving my job in academia, I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told me that someday soon I would land my dream job working with corporate America to help companies increase their Latinx representation. But it’s true, and that’s what I have been doing for the past five years. 

    October 11, 2017 by Lisette Garcia, PhD

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    The Queen Bee and the King Wasp: What’s All the Buzz?

    In 2012, Catalyst published a research report on high-potential professional women, Leaders Pay It Forward, which showed very strong evidence that women "pay it forward," mentoring and sponsoring others while also receiving tangible career benefits for investing in the development of future leaders. In essence, the myth of the Queen Bee was busted. But "busted" may not be entirely accurate, according to this recent article by Olga Khazan that appeared in The Atlantic.

    August 24, 2017 by Michael J. Chamberlain

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    How Workplace Flexibility Can Promote Inclusion and Prioritize Talent

    On paper, workplace flexibility sounds great. It’s known to increase retention, boost career aspirations and productivity, and decrease absenteeism—all benefits to both the employee and the employer. These advantages are also probably why over 80% of companies offer some kind of flexible work arrangement. 

    August 10, 2017 by Liz Mulligan-Ferry

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    No, Black Women Still Don’t Earn the Same as Their White Peers. Here's Why.

    Can Black women’s earnings ever catch up to the earnings of white men and women? It’s an unbelievable question to still be asking in 2017 and, most appropriately, on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day (July 31). Even more, it’s remarkable to be questioning the state of Black women’s earnings given their educational achievements in recent decades: the number of Black women in the United States attaining bachelor’s degrees spiked in the 1990s and continues to increase each year.

    July 31, 2017 by Tia T. Gordon