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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    Why Canadian Companies Should Make it Easier for Dad to Stay Home, Too

    When their second daughter was born, two years after the first, Laura and Paul* decided they would both take leave to care for their children. Laura took maternity leave for the first six months.

    For the next four months, Dad took over. Paul cared for his infant daughter, encouraged the...

    August 7, 2013 by Donna McCready

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    Benevolent Sexism: The Real Barrier Holding Women Back

    Is sexism less harmful than other “isms”? Read Catalyst President & CEO Ilene H. Lang’s insightful editorial, which ran in today’s issue of the British newspaper The Guardian—and let us know what you think in the comments section!

    Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the R&A, which...

    August 6, 2013 by Ilene H. Lang

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    #WomenCan Spotlight: Dianne Lynne Bevelander

    Welcome to the latest in our series of #WomenCan profiles, highlighting executives and experts who are Catalysts for change within their companies and fields. This week, the spotlight is on Dianne Lynne Bevelander, Associate Dean, MBA Programs, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University,...

    August 5, 2013 by Catalyst

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    European Maternity Leave Is Generous, but Equality Is Elusive

    During a recent four-city roundtable tour in London, Zurich, Amsterdam, and Madrid, Catalyst Europe considered how best to engage men in gender diversity efforts and discussions of masculinity in the workplace. We wanted to learn from men themselves what it’s going to take to move the needle...

    August 2, 2013 by Jeff Barth

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    Diversity and Inclusion: A Journey, Not a Destination

    Frequently, I encounter individuals who are concerned that their company needs to increase internal diversity efforts before they could qualify to join as a Catalyst member organization. Many perceive Catalyst as a final destination or a “stamp of approval” signifying that their organization has...

    July 31, 2013 by Erin Leonty

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    “Me? Sponsor Her? I couldn’t possibly…”

    When you think about it, sponsorship is a completely natural, organic activity. When we encounter someone we think is fantastic, we want to tell everyone we know. But at work, the problem is that we all have an inner filter that judges those most like us more favorably than those who aren’t—all...

    July 29, 2013 by Catalyst

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    How to Succeed in Business (By Listening to Your Mother): An Interview with Judine Agostini and Alliah Agostini Livingstone

    Today we had the privilege of chatting with Judine D. Agostini, Assistant Vice President, Team Leader, Information Technology, M & T Bank, and her daughter, Alliah Agostini Livingstone, Brand Manager, eos Products, about how they entered their respective fields—and the lessons they’ve learned...

    July 26, 2013 by Catalyst

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    Road(s) to Success for Women in India

    A while ago, a teenager asked me what I do for work. “I study the career paths of men and women, and the role organizations play in that journey,” I replied.

    “Career paths? Like Google maps for work and stuff?” she asked.

    I smiled. “Something like that!”

    And that set me thinking about...

    July 24, 2013 by Aarti Shyamsunder, PhD

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    Work-Life Balance Shouldn’t be for Parents Only

    Recent discussions of work-life balance have focused too much on the needs of the traditional nuclear family, while leaving a key demographic to the side: people without children. This category includes those at the beginning of their careers, men and women who can’t or choose not to have...

    July 22, 2013 by Conrad Liveris

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    Why Not Invest in Women?

    While waiting to be interviewed for a board director position, a senior executive woman at a Fortune 100 company overhears the Board Chair ask the recruiter, “Why are we interviewing her?”

    Is the Board Chair’s reaction surprising? Perhaps not. Despite all the lip service being paid to women’s...

    July 17, 2013 by Brande Stellings, JD