Katalyst started a decade ago with the intent of liberating women from low income communities, through the pursuit of professional education. The initiative definitively prepares young women for leadership roles, thereby creating a wider talent pool for India Inc and helping bridge the gender divide. Katalyst achieves this objective through a blend of unique development interventions, including our 600 hour proprietary and scientifically researched curriculum. Over their four years in the program, we also provide one-to-one mentorship, access to best in class technology, assistance with internships, and world class industry exposure and corporate interactions. Set up in 2007 with 10 young women, Katalyst now has chapters in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi and has impacted the lives of over 900 girls, with 500 currently in the program. Katalyst alumni now occupy positions of seniority in prestigious MNCs and large Indian companies, both in India and abroad, as well as the Civil and Administrative Services.
“There is no right time, there is only right now”
The 9th Annual Convention of Katalyst took place on 29th July 2018 at Fortune Acron Regina,Goa. The convention is organised every year in Goa where over 200 Katalyst girls from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi converge to listen to distinguished speakers who have been achievers in their respective fields. In addition, they also get a chance to meet Board members, mentors, corporate partners, Katalyst team and other well wishers who attend the Convention.
This year, the theme of the Convention was “There is no right time, there is only right now”, a quote by Mel Robbins, who is a popular author known for her work in the area of self development, leadership and transformation. The Convention comprised thought provoking stories and messages from stalwarts on the panel, experiences from different stakeholders of Katalyst such as donors and mentors and most importantly the Katalyst Annual Awards.
“I still remember how I would shiver in front of others during Katalyst training sessions! Once Sunit sir gave me a mike in a session to speak a few words but I was at a loss of words due to my low confidence. So I passed the mike to the other girl. That was the moment I walked away with a feeling of not being able to do anything. But Katalyst changed my outlook towards life.”
– Shashikala Chougule