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Inside The Catalyst Award

Podcast with Julie Nugent, of the Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee

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The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative approaches with proven results taken by organizations to address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all managerial women, including women of color. Catalyst's rigorous, year-long examination of initiatives and their measurable results culminates in intensive on-site reviews at finalist organizations. By celebrating successful initiatives, Catalyst provides organizations with replicable models to help them create initiatives that are good for women and good for business.

Welcome to a Leadership Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio, with Peter Clayton reporting from New York. And joining me at the Catalyst headquarters on Wall Street is Julie Nugent, Senior Director of Research, Chair of Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee, and TotalPicture Radio Senior Producer, Valerie LaSusa, who attended the awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Questions we asked Julie Nugent

Julie, I like to start by having you give us some insight and background on the Catalyst Award.

So how does the application and selection process for the Catalyst Award evolve?

A really interesting mix of companies were honored this year: Campbell Soup, Deloitte, Telstra based in Australia, and the Royal Bank of Canada. Can you give us, perhaps, one sentence on each of these organizations which made them stand out?

Val, one of the things you mentioned to me regarding the award winners was the CEOs commitment, long-term integrated, embedded effort instilled in management practices as opposed to "program."

Lets talk about the award winners in more detail, starting with Campbell Soup. Val, you thought Douglas Conant, president and CEO had a very compelling story.

Julie, what were some of the attributes of Campbell Soup that made them stand out and be recognized as an award winner?

Next, Deloitte. A company we know very well. Deloitte is the founding sponsor of this show and we've have the opportunity to interview many leaders within Deloitte, including CEO Barry Salzberg. Julie, your perspective on Deloitte?

The Royal Bank of Canada. RBC is Canada's largest bank. Gordon Dixon, the CEO talked about transparency and the fact that Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Julie, what did you learn during your visits to RBC?

Telstra was described as the "AT&T of Australia" they operate in the UK and Asia as well. David Thodey, the CEO, was brought in from the US and found Crocodile Dundee, am I correct?

What is different this year, compared to past Catalyst Awards events?

And yet, there still remains a gap in pay and assignments between men and women from the first job out of college?

What didn't I ask that you would like to share with the audience?

About Catalyst

Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization working globally with businesses and the professions to build inclusive workplaces and expand opportunities for women and business.

With offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe, we count as members more than 400 companies, firms, business schools, and associations from around the world, employing millions of women. Our global lens and regional reach allow us to provide our members, the media, and the public with information and counsel on creating workplaces that enable women and their employers to succeed.

Catalyst's work is rooted in our research. We study women and men across levels, functions, and geographies to learn about women's experiences in business, barriers to their career advancement, and individual and organizational strategies leading to success. We are culturally sensitive. Our reports, often cited in international media, reveal the challenges and opportunities for organizations and women at work globally. We have an extensive compendium of diversity and inclusion practices that provides models for change.

Catalyst members benefit from our expertise, network, and range of resources and services designed to advance women and business. Our Advisory Services group assesses global and regional challenges to provide insights and strategies that support members' goals. Catalyst's Information Center and Speakers Bureau make our knowledge broadly accessible. Corporate Board Services assists women in determining whether serving on a board is right for them.

The Catalyst Award is presented annually to outstanding initiatives from companies, professional firms, and other organizations that result in women's career development and advancement. These initiatives are celebrated at the Catalyst Awards Dinner and explored at the Catalyst Awards Conference.

Above all, we are a catalyst. Through our work. Through our insights. For women interested in contributing at work and advancing to leadership. And for our members, who benefit from this rich talent pool. We encourage women, men, and business to join with us in building the inclusion that will expand opportunities for women in the workplace.

We've been speaking with Julie Nugent, Director of Research, Chair of Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee, and TotalPicture Radio Senior Producer, Valerie LaSusa. You'll find this podcast in the Leadership Channel of TotalPicture Radio, that's, where you can join the conversation. We'd very much appreciate your participation -- please share your thoughts and opinions on this important subject.

Monster Teams with to Present RecruitFest! 2010, the social network for Recruiting and HR Professionals, announced its 3rd Annual RecruitFest! today.

04.18.2010 – The 25,000 member network has teamed with to present the event, which will be held this fall, with dates to be announced shortly. " and are proud to produce our first joint two-day conference in Boston," said founder and CEO Jason Davis. "This is a tremendously exciting undertaking for us and we're happy to be able to work with Monster to make it happen." RecruitFest! 2010 will depart from its previous events in Toronto, Canada and will be held this year in Boston, Mass.

RecruitFest! has historically been a recruiting unconference event. However, both and Monster felt that recruiting and HR professionals would be better served by an event focused around current issues and real-world problem solving. "Recruiters are looking for answers and action they can take back to their companies. They already know that a technology- and socially enabled world is changing how they work. With this event we aim to bring together both thought leaders and industry up- and- comers to create a high involvement, high value opportunity, one that will set up recruiters for success in 2011 planning and equip them with some practical, low hanging fruit ideas in the meantime," said Janet Swaysland, senior vice president of global corporate communications and social media for Monster.

The RecruitFest! Learning Experience is focused on the impact of social media and an unprecedented number of new tools and products on the recruiting and HR industries and the job seekers they touch. Eric Winegardner, VP of Client Adoption for, will emcee the event. Winegardner attended the 2009 RecruitFest! and was instrumental in putting the two organizations together. "It's time for recruiters with varying perspectives on the World of Work to leverage their networks and ideas to tackle frontline recruiting challenges. Recruitfest! will provide the forum for that problem-solving. We're very excited to be teaming with RecruitingBlogs on what promises to be the must-attend recruiting event of 2010," said Eric Winegardner, vice president of client adoption for Monster.

For updates, visit the RecruitFest! 2010 website and follow us on Twitter @recruitfest and @recruitingblogs. is a recruiting community made up of over 25,000 Recruiting and HR professionals. Started by Jason Davis, the network is home to over 15,000 blog posts and discussions, 800 videos and almost 300 specialty groups. From live chats and customizable pages to video tutorials and international events, has given recruiters all over the world a place to discuss their craft, get and give advice, research products and learn new skills.

Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW), parent company of Monster, the premier global online employment solution for more than a decade, strives to inspire people to improve their lives. With a local presence in key markets in North America, Europe, and Asia, Monster works for everyone by connecting employers with quality job seekers at all levels and by providing personalized career advice to consumers globally. Through online media sites and services, Monster delivers vast, highly targeted audiences to advertisers. Monster Worldwide is a member of the S&P 500 index. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading products and services, visit More information about Monster Worldwide is available at And visit the Monster Blog at .

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.


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