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    Four Inspirational Toys That Break Stereotypes

    When I was ten years old, my parents presented me with the African American Working Woman Barbie Doll. Back when I was playing with the doll, which came with power suit and pumps, I failed to realize the importance of the gift—at that point, my only concern was that my other Barbie needed a best...

    December 15, 2015 by Brandee Sanders

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    Challenging the Root of Gender Norms

    Target, one of the largest retailers in the US, announced in August that it will be working to reduce the extent to which their products for children are gendered. This move includes removing the signs that indicate that certain sections of toys and beddings are for “boys” or “girls” as well as...

    December 10, 2015 by Cliff Leek

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    Lessons From the Finish Line: A Triathlete Shares Guidance for Life and Work

    Meet: Eliza Cooper, who is pursuing her master’s degree in social-organizational psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and is interning at Catalyst. Eliza is an award-winning triathlete—who also just happens to be visually impaired. Through her athleticism and perseverance, Eliza...

    December 8, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Inclusivity: The Road to a Great Leader

    The outside world often defines successful leaders by level or position in the organization, power wielded, and money earned. But there is so much more that goes into being a great leader.

    There are many successful leaders today. But how many of them actually lead? Sure they may have incredible...

    December 3, 2015 by Rajat Garg

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    Ask Deborah: Breaking New Ground

    Instead of answering a question this month, I hope you don’t mind if I ask you a question. Actually, make that two questions: “Who has championed you?” and “Who can you champion?”

    These questions are top of mind for me since returning  from last month’s inspirational Catalyst Canada...

    December 1, 2015 by Deborah Gillis

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    Ten Numbers That Reveal Australia’s Gender-Equality Challenge

    Australian employers are required to report every year on pay and the composition of their workforce, by gender. Here’s what the latest data shows us:

    15.4%: The percentage of CEOs or heads of businesses that are women. While women make up nearly half the total workforce, their representation...

    November 24, 2015 by Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Australia

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    Busting Myths About ERGs, One Resource at a Time

    Catalyst just kicked off the second year of its Employee Resource Leadership Initiative (ERLI), which consists of an annual conference, regional roundtables around the world, and avid social networking. While we’ve been working with ERGs since the 1980s, we have learned a lot over the last year...

    November 19, 2015 by Candice Morgan

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    The Power of Asking “How Can We Do Better?”

    As two working moms with six children between us, you might think we have the whole work-life thing licked.  From 1997 when Nancy’s oldest, Julian, was born, to July 2015 when Andrea Taylor Hume made her debut, we have juggled, flexed, balanced, and just about any other term you can think of to...

    November 16, 2015 by Cara Hume, Nancy Dunn

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    Advancing Women Is Good For Business!

    Nearly a century after women gained the right to vote in the United States, their economic equality and full participation in society remains elusive. There is a significant gender-based pay gap, a glass ceiling, and a lack of basic policies to support women in the workforce. 

    This must change.


    November 13, 2015 by Don Beyer

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    The People’s Cabinet

    I wrote this post about a week ago on a flight from Tokyo to Toronto, where I was headed to celebrate Catalyst Canada Honours  with my colleagues and Canadian business leaders.  

    The inspiration for the blog came earlier that day when I picked up a copy of an English-language Japanese newspaper...

    November 12, 2015 by Deborah Gillis