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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    Tanmatra—Developing the Leadership Potential of Women in India

    It’s no secret that India Inc. suffers from a lack of women’s representation in leadership positions. Research shows that the percentage of women in senior management in India was 19% in 2013, and according to The 2014 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors report, women’s share of board...

    August 18, 2015 by Elita Sequeira

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    Profiles in Disruption: The Power of Youth Advocacy

    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...

    August 13, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Millennial Voices: Want to Be a Male Ally? Stand Up to Harassment

    The worst was the vandalism-by-condiment: a pool of congealed salad dressing that had just escaped the to-go container next to it. It sat on my windshield in a sad, inert clump. The bit that had managed a slow exit was barely enough to add flavor to a side salad, let alone my whole car.


    August 10, 2015 by Tyler Mendelsohn

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    My Two Lives

    April 25, 2011, was a momentous date for me.

    Before I explain why, I'd like to share a bit about my background. I was born and raised in Malaysia and came to the United States for college, where I studied industrial engineering.

    I came out of the closet in college. For me, that was a positive...

    August 5, 2015 by Nick Tan

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    Ask Deborah: What About the “Aspiration Gap”?

    Deborah Gillis is Catalyst’s President and CEO. This month she addresses the following question from a Catalyst supporter:

    What if women themselves do not want senior management roles? Is the fact that most top jobs are occupied by men evidence of a “glass ceiling,” or does it simply mean that...

    August 3, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    Three Lessons From Three Years at Catalyst

    After three years of working at Catalyst, I’ve learned a lot about women in the workplace.

    My peers, especially other young women I know who are just starting out in their careers, are often surprised at the barriers they face or have seen other women face at work. These obstacles are especially...

    July 30, 2015 by Kerry Goodenow

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    Catalyst Connects with HARMAN: Top Takeaways

    As an intern at Catalyst this summer, I had the opportunity to attend and live tweet from an event that was a part of our Catalyst Connects series. Hosted by Harman International Industries, and set on the stage of Stamford, Connecticut’s beautiful Palace Theatre, the event focused on the...

    July 28, 2015 by Emily Bergmann

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    Childcare: What's Trending? Understanding What Works for Different Organizations

    Finding affordable and reliable childcare has been a challenge that working women around the world face when their maternity leave is over and they are looking to rejoin the workforce. In India, finding quality childcare can be especially difficult due to a lack of government programs,...

    July 23, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Taylor Swift: Pop Star, Role Model, and Inclusive Leader

    Taylor Swift’s first single, Tim McGraw, debuted in 2006 when Swift was only 16 years old. I was 12, and instantly enchanted. I loved everything about Swift, from her honest lyrics to her curly hair.

    Today, both Swift and I are nine years older—she is 25, I am 21—and as a loyal fan I’ve watched...

    July 21, 2015 by Janine Warner

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    Taking Down the Confederate Flag and Other Small Wins

    Time has a way of simultaneously standing still and moving at a rapid pace. When I look at my kids, I try with every fiber of my being to make time stop. But it won’t, and my heart yearns for more. 

    The passage of time does not heal all wounds, but it can make a start. The fierce debate in...

    July 16, 2015 by Dnika J. Travis, PhD