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The 2012 Catalyst Awards Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration was amazing. Several new initiatives were announced, like MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) and a bold new campaign for Equality in which Catalyst, the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) and the White House Project, are committed to creating a culture shift on how Americans think, talk and take action around issues regarding pay, leadership and opportunities for women.
Today Ilene Lang, President and CEO of Catalyst, moderated a luncheon panel with speakers Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, and her sister Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO of Frontier Communications. To the audience's surprise, their adult children were brought to the stage, as well as Ilene's daughter.
Left to right: Maggie Wilderotter, one of her sons, Denise Morrison, her daughter
The adult children talked about how they benefited from having strong women as mothers who were there for them when it really mattered.
Left to right: Ilene Lang's daughter, Ilene, Maggie Wilderotter's other son, Maggie
I asked Denise and her sister about their parents and how they supported them to be independent women (they also have two other sisters). Maggie and Denise shared a story from their early years when their father would come home from a long day at work and would talk about the details of his day. The two sisters consider their father a sponsor and through the years have learned business skills from him. They spoke about how important both their parents have been to them.
I am energized by the powerful work Catalyst is doing!