Catalyst (nonprofit organization)

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Founded 1962
Founder Felice Schwartz
Focus Promotes inclusive workplaces for women.
  • HQ 120 Wall Street 15th Floor
    New York, NY 10005
    United States /
Key people
Ilene Lang, CEO and President
Slogan Changing Workplaces, Changing Lives

Catalyst, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women.[1] It was founded in 1962 by feminist, writer, and advocate Felice Schwartz.[2] Sheila Wellington[3] served as president of Catalyst following Schwartz for ten years. Ilene Lang[4] has been serving as Catalyst's president since 2003.

Catalyst publishes an annual census of women in management and on corporate boards of Fortune 500[5][6] and Financial Post 500 companies.[7] In 2010, the organization published a study in the Harvard Business Review, which found that women with MBA degrees earned an average of $4,600 less than men in their first job, even with the same amount of previous work experience.[8] The organization also worked with the U.S. Government Accountability Office to analyze the small growth of women in management positions.[9]

The Catalyst Award[edit]

The Catalyst Award[10] honors organizations that showcase organizational innovation, with proven, measurable results in recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women.

Each year Catalyst holds an awards conference and dinner in New York City, with former Xerox Corp. chairman and CEO Anne Mulcahy[11] as the keynote speaker. Catalyst have awarded initiatives at companies like The Campbell Soup Company,[12] Deloitte LLP,[12] and CH2M HILL.

Selected organizations undergo a rigorous, year-long examination of its initiatives,[13] that culminate in an intensive on-site evaluation. Strategic approaches related to women's advancement in the workplace, which include discrete efforts and that facilitate cultural change are assessed. In addition, these initiatives must benefit women across a range of dimensions, such as race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, generation, nationality, disability, and status of aboriginal or indigenous origin.

At the Catalyst Awards Conference, award winners share their initiatives with Catalyst members and other like-minded organizations.[14] More than 600 people from about 200 organizations attend the conference each year. Initiatives are publicly celebrated at the Catalyst Awards Dinner.

Since 1987, Catalyst has recognized 79 initiatives at 74 organizations with the Catalyst Award.[15] Initiatives have evolved significantly, from discrete programs to recruit, retain, and advance women to culture-changing efforts which recognize the importance for diversity and inclusion.

Award Winners by year[edit]

2012Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sodexo.[16]

2011Kaiser Permanente, McDonald's Corporation, Time Warner Inc.[17]

2010Campbell Soup Company, Deloitte LLP, RBC, Telstra Corporation Limited.[18]

2009Baxter International Inc., CH2M HILL, Gibbons P.C., KPMG LLP.[19]

2008ING U.S. Financial Services, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.[20]

2007The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., PepsiCo, Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Scotiabank.[13]

2006BP p.l.c., The Chubb Corporation, Safeway Inc.[21]

2005Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP.[22]

2004General Electric Company, Harley-Davidson, Inc., Shell Oil Company U.S.[23]

2003Accenture, Ernst & Young LLP, WellPoint Health Networks Inc.[24]

2002Bayer Corporation, Fannie Mae, Marriott International, Inc.[25]

2001American Express Company, General Mills, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co.[26]

2000Charles Schwab & Co., IBM Corporation, The Northern Trust Company.[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keys, John (May 30, 2005). "Region's newest hospital chiefs break gender barrier". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Gannon, Joyce (October 18, 2006). "The Unwritten Law". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sheila Wellington Bio". Archived from the original on 6 August 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ilene Lang". Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Women Lack Numbers and Influence on Corporate Boards". Business Ethics. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Study: Women in tech face same challenges as in other fields". November 12, 2003. American City Business Journals. 2003-11-12. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Workplace - Women on corporate boards improve financial success". 2008-10-03. Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  8. ^ Middleton, Diana (2010-02-22). "Women M.B.A.s Continue to Lag in Pay, Promotions -". Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  9. ^ Charles Riley, staff reporter (2010-09-28). "Women are underrepresented in management, paid less - Sep. 28, 2010". Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  10. ^ "CH2M HILL - News Room". Archived from the original on 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  11. ^ Mattioli, Dana (2010-03-24). "Xerox Chairman Sees Little Change in Market -". Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  12. ^ a b "You've Come a Long Way, Baby ... or Maybe Not: Why Women are Losing Ground on Wall Street - Knowledge@Wharton". Retrieved 2010-11-19. 
  13. ^ a b "PwC is proud to be named a 2007 Catalyst Award Winner". Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  14. ^ "Measuring Up: Diversity Accountability Scores Big at Catalyst Awards Conference". The Glass Hammer. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  15. ^ "Catalyst Honors Initiatives at Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Scotiabank". Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
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  18. ^ "2010 Catalyst Award Winners: Campbell's Soup, Deloitte LLP, Royal Bank of Canada, and Telstra". The Glass Hammer. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  19. ^ "2009 Catalyst Awards Dinner". Catalyst. 2009-03-31. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  20. ^ "Catalyst Announces Winners of 2008 Business Awards". Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  21. ^ "Announces Winners of 2006 Awards: BP p.l.c., The Chubb Corporation, and Safeway Inc. Recognized for Outstanding Initiatives to Advance Women in Business". Catalyst. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  22. ^ "Georgia-Pacific - News Room". 2005-03-24. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  23. ^ "General Electric, Harley-Davidson, and Shell Oil Company Earn Prestigious Catalyst Award for Efforts to Advance Women Employees". Catalyst. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  24. ^ "Accenture, Ernst & Young and WellPoint Earn Prestigious Catalyst Award For Advancing Women in Their Ranks". Catalyst. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  25. ^ "Catalyst Gives Bayer, Fannie Mae, and Marriott Prestigious Catalyst Award for Redefining Diversity in the 21st Century Workplace". Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  26. ^ "American Express, General Mills, And J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Win 2001 Catalyst Award". 2001-04-02. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  27. ^ "2000 Catalyst Award Winners Focus on Corporate Culture Changes". Catalyst. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 

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