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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    How to Grow an Astronaut

    Recently I attended a panel moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. You may know Tyson from his successful television series, Cosmos, or his two-word summation of the scientific method: “Challenge everything.” The panel members were all experts...

    September 16, 2014 by Jeff Barth

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    Three Continents, Four Kids, and Five Tips for Women in the Workplace

    I define my career by BC (Before Children) and AC (After Children).

    BC I was a high-flying talent (so I was told). I burned through the rungs at Deloitte in the UK and quickly became a manager. I then moved to Sydney and joined Ernst & Young. I was put through my paces, and at 30 years old and...

    September 12, 2014 by Celia Evans

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    Focusing on the Plus in “50+”

    I keep hearing people say 50 is the new 40 or the new 30. While that’s a nice sentiment, as someone over 50, I’m not so sure I agree.

    For one, we face distinct challenges and have different goals than people in their 30s and 40s. But even so, life after 50 isn’t what it used to be. I know...

    September 9, 2014 by Jo Ann Jenkins

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    Women On Boards Series: What My Mentee is Doing Right—And You Can Too!

    Last month we introduced you to prospective board member Sandra Stuart. This month Sandra’s board sponsor, Sarah E. Raiss, explains what sets Sandra apart—and how you, too, can stand out from the crowd!

    I am so pleased for this chance to talk about my wonderful Women On Board® mentee, Sandr...

    September 4, 2014 by Sarah E. Raiss

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    In Today’s Japan, Fathers Are Beginning to Do Their Part

    Recently, I was back home in my native Japan—I currently live and work in the United States—catching up with family and friends. I hadn’t seen some of my friends in seven years, so I was obviously looking forward to spending time with them. But having recently worked on Catalyst’s The...

    September 2, 2014 by Makiko Ishizawa

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    Requiem for a Champion: Remembering Purdy Crawford

    In 1951 a Reverend Alfred Henry Tyrer penned a book for women full of advice on how to keep their men happy. Tidbits included when to speak, what to cook, and what to wear. Little gems of wisdom—each and every one.

    About that same time, another man—Purdy Crawford—was beginning his law career...

    August 27, 2014 by Alex Johnston

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    Take Back the F-Word!

    Feminism is NOT anti-male. Feminism is NOT about playing the victim. Feminism IS about inclusivity—it’s for everyone!

    “Anyone who has ever taken intentional steps to support change for women can be considered a feminist,” says Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst. These role models...

    August 26, 2014 by Catalyst

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    When a Sports Fan Met a Feminist

    I am a really big sports fan.

    Even after adding the “really big” part, the above is still a bit of an understatement. I'm a rabid sports fanatic, an ESPN junkie, a fantasy-football tycoon. I am one of countless high school graduates who have been told by a guidance counselor, “If you spent half...

    August 20, 2014 by Eric Marmon

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    Is “Disruption” the Silver Bullet for Achieving Parity in the Workplace?

    I recently had the privilege of attending the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado as a Scholar sponsored by PepsiCo. As Vice President of Marketing at Catalyst, I strive to promote an organizational vision that includes lofty goals like “changing lives.” To do this, innovative thinking and new...

    August 14, 2014 by Michael J. Chamberlain

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    Want to Sell Me a Car? Treat Me Like I Matter

    Car shopping: you either love it or hate it. I happen to love it—I absolutely love the game of negotiation and even took classes on negotiating in grad school. My husband, on the other hand, cannot stand car shopping. Negotiation is ultra-painful for him; he won’t even try to haggle. Whenever...

    August 12, 2014 by Lauren Pasquarella Daley, PhD