2017 International Women’s Day


Catalyst was the official charity partner for the International Women's Day organization in support of their 2017 theme, #BeBoldForChange, keenly in line with our own theme of Leadership Redefined!

On March 8, 2017, the world celebrated International Women's Day, the annual commemoration of women's achievements—socially, economically, culturally, and politically. This year, the 2017 Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner were also held on that special day—honoring organizations implementing bold initiatives for workplace equality. Our theme was Leadership Redefined, and we will continue to use it to shine a spotlight on what it means to be an inclusive leader. 

New Venue!
The New York Hilton Midtown was our new location as we gathered our collective community of champions accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion.

2017 Catalyst Award Winners

Initiatives from 3M, BMO Financial Group and Rockwell Automation won the prestigious 2017 Catalyst Award. For 30 years, these awards have recognized exceptional efforts that help advance women in business. See the acceptance speeches from 3M's Inge Thulin, BMO Financial Group's William Downe, and Rockwell Automation's Blake Moret, as well as the keynote speech from Catalyst President and CEO Deborah Gillis.

Catalyst CEO Champions for Change

International Women's Day, March 8, 2017, also saw the launch of Catalyst CEO Champions for Changea new initiative wherein CEOs visibly commit to continually working toward diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in their organizations.

More than 40 CEOs and business leaders have affirmed their commitment to be champions for change. 

Want to Work Toward Equality? Learn How to Become an Inclusive Leader

Those who learn, lead—and how better to lead change during International Women's Day than to know how to do so intentionally and inclusively! 

Catalyst is making it easy for you to learn with three Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on leadership that you can join at any time and take at your own pace. Short and impactful, these courses are a mix of videos, reading, assessments, and discussion. In partnership with edX, the nonprofit online learning platform founded by MIT and Harvard, these online courses make Catalyst research and advice available to larger numbers of individuals and organizations in the form of a high-quality leadership development curriculum and allow for unlimited worldwide participation.

CatalystX on edX: A New Frontier for Inclusive Leadership Development

Get introduced to the series of courses and learn how to reach your full leadership potential.

Course 1: Inclusive Leadership: Becoming a Successful Leader

Learn what successful 21st-century leaders look like and how you can adopt their inclusive leadership style.

Course 2: Inclusive Leadership: Get Beyond Work-Life Balance

Learn the importance of inclusive leadership in creating flexible—and productive—work environments.

Course 3: Inclusive Leadership: Leading With Effective Communication

Learn how to position yourself as a leader through inclusive communication.

Now Running—Catalyst's First "Mini-Course": Communication Skills for Bridging Divides

45 minutes is all it takes!

We cannot celebrate International Women's Day and not recognize that we are going to school, working, and living in communities with people who think, look, and have beliefs different from our own. This 45-minute course gives all of us the skills to bridge those divides and find common ground.

In this skills-based course, we will explore practical strategies and techniques to apply in your daily life. You will learn about the difference between dialogue, discussion, and debate; micro-affirmations; and how to be an ally.

If you are seeking to develop and practice these skills and apply them to build a more inclusive world, this course is for you. The course is also mobile-friendly and it's free.  

Enroll today!

Engage Male Allies

International Women's Day is a call that amplifies Catalyst's own Mission Statement: To accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. That call is not just for women, but also for men; men who are abolutely necessary if change for women is going to be realized.  

Catalyst’s MARC community is all about Men Advocating Real Change. MARC is an online learning community created by Catalyst for professionals committed to achieving equality in the workplace. MARC empowers community members to engage in candid conversations about gender, its impact in the workplace, and how to lead change through member-generated advice, insights, and best practices. Membership is free and open to anyone seeking to drive change in the workplace.

If you’re a man who wants to learn more about being an ally, check out our For Men page.

If you’re a company interested in involving and supporting men as they step up to the challenge of inclusive leadership, check out our For Organizations page.

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