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Smith Executive Education press release   Date: 10/25/11 Bookmark and Share

Smith Joins Catalyst, a Research Organization Expanding Opportunities for Women in Business

The office of Executive Education is pleased to announce that Smith College is now a member of Catalyst, the leading nonprofit organization studying women’s experiences in business, the obstacles to their career advancement and individual and organizational strategies that lead to success.

Smith College students, alumnae, faculty and staff can now access Catalyst’s member-only resources for academic members. Smith affiliates will benefit from Catalyst’s research, expertise, global network, and resources designed to help women advance their careers in business. Students and alumnae with a Smith email address can download articles, workplace action plans, and sign up for webinars on topics of interest. They can also receive help with a job search, personal finances, legal issues and in seeking grant support. Faculty and staff can also utilize tools to help measure the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts.

Catalyst was founded in 1962 by Felice N. Schwartz, a Smith alumna, known as a writer, advocate and feminist dedicated to advancing women in the workplace. She served as president of Catalyst for three decades (1962-92) and is also well known for her controversial article “Management Women and the New Facts of Life,” published in The Harvard Business Review in 1989.

With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India, Catalyst has more than 500 member companies, firms, business schools, and associations from around the world, employing millions of women. Though not a business school, Smith is widely reputed in the business world as a leading provider of leadership development customized for women.

Executive Education for Women, then called the Smith Management Program, was founded in 1977 by the first female president of Smith, Jill Ker Conway.

A full list of resources available from Catalyst is available on the Executive Education website.

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