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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    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

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    Charleston Shows Racism Is Still With Us

    At a memorial service for a victim of the recent racially motivated massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama spoke movingly of how racial bias can infect us “even when we don't realize it,” cautioning his listeners to guard against “not just racial slurs” but “the...

    July 14, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    Next Goal in Women's Soccer? Closing the Pay Gap

    Today, thousands of people will line the streets of Manhattan to celebrate the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup victory with a ticker-tape parade. Although their historic win shines a spotlight on women in sports, it also has pushed the controversy concerning the wage gap to the...

    July 10, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

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    Why Inclusive Work Cultures Matter—And How Your Organization Can Create Them

    In the business world, perfectionism, power, and competitiveness are often glorified. Many companies want to be perceived as stronger and better than their competitors. But what some of them fail to realize is that when these behaviors seep into their organizational cultures and influence the...

    July 7, 2015 by Catalyst