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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    Women on European Boards

    Men rule the boardrooms of Europe, holding over 82% of board positions in large, publicly listed companies. There are only five EU countries—Finland, France, Latvia, Sweden and the Netherlands—where women account for at least a quarter of board members, and fewer than 3% of Europe's largest...

    May 29, 2014 by Sibylle Rupprecht

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    More Women on Boards? I Want to Do That!

    I’ve always wanted to tell someone the story of how Catalyst’s Women On Board® initiative got started in Canada.

    Back in 2006, I was working as a research associate with Patrick O’Callaghan and Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in board effectiveness and director recruitment...

    May 22, 2014 by Thea M. Miller

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    Take 5: Working Women Work for Japan

    Japan is a country on the move—and Catalyst is thrilled to announce our new presence there!

    With a Prime Minister committed to stimulating the national economy by harnessing women’s talents, Japan is uniquely positioned to bust through ongoing barriers to women’s advancement.

    Japan’s Prime...

    May 22, 2014 by Rima K. Matsumoto

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    Rising Stars Light the Way

    “To whom much is given, much is expected.” This is my father’s mantra. He has inscribed it in graduation cards and my middle school yearbook; vocalized it at points in my life when failure was a possibility and apprehension loomed; and, most importantly, lived and breathed it during his poverty-to...

    May 20, 2014 by Courtney Walsh

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    Brown vs. the Board: 60 Years Later and Many Miles to Go

    It's difficult to pretend that, 60 years later, we've achieved the “post-racial” United States those of us who grew up revering civil rights leaders still aspire to.

    May 16, 2014 by Katherine Giscombe, PhD

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    Mothers Need More Than Cards and Flowers

    Sunday was my fourth Mother’s Day—and in addition to my family, I celebrated the fact that one of the largest public university systems in the country has finally adopted a parental accommodation policy for its several thousand doctoral students. Crucially, this policy is sex-neutral and applies...

    May 14, 2014 by Catherine X

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    Is the New Stars Wars Movie in a Galaxy Without Women?

    Even a galaxy far, far away should have a lot of women in it.

    May 12, 2014 by Emily V. Troiano

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    The Best Career Advice Mom Ever Gave Me

    Mother’s Day will be celebrated in many countries throughout the world this weekend, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and the United States. So we thought we’d celebrate by asking our staff to share the best career advice their mothers ever gave them. See below for...

    May 9, 2014 by Catalyst

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    Are You An Inclusive Leader?

    What separates a great manager from a mediocre one? According to Catalyst’s new global report, Inclusive Leadership:  The View From Six Countries, it’s the ability to lead with an inclusive mindset.

    What does that mean, exactly? It’s all about supporting your team and making employees feel...

    May 7, 2014 by Elizabeth R. Salib, PhD

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    Ask a Catalyst Expert: Getting on Board(s)

    How do I get on a corporate board?

    Just the other night, a senior executive woman asked me, “What’s the deal with corporate boards? Every women’s conference I’ve been to lately seems to have a session on corporate board service. Does everyone really want to be on a board?” Interest in corporate...

    May 5, 2014 by Brande Stellings, JD