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.
Theme : “There is no right time, there is only right now” – Mel Robbins
The 9th Annual Convention of Katalyst held on 29th July 2018 at Fortune Acron Regina,Goa witnessed thought provoking stories and messages from stalwarts on the panel as well as experiences from stakeholders of Katalyst such as Donors and Mentors. Katalyst Yearbook, Winds of Change 2018 was launched at the convention and the Annual Katalyst Awards were handed out.
The convention was attended by 225 students, 6 panel members and 50 stakeholders including Donors, Mentors, Trainers and Board members.. Mr. R. Gopalakrishnan, Author, Corporate Advisor and Former ED Tata Sons Ltd. gave the Keynote address. Mr. Sam Pitroda, Architect of Tech Revolution in India, was the Guest of Honour and sent a special video address from Chicago, USA. The panelists included distinguished guests such as Ms. Debarati Sen (MD 3M India region), Ms. K Ratna Prabha (Former Chief Secretary (Retd), Karnataka), Ms. Prajakta Lavangare Verma (Joint MD CIDCO), Ms. Shinjini Kumar(Consumer Business Manager, Citi India), Jayashree Vyas (MD, SEWA Bank) and Mr. Gopalakrishnan.
The link to Mr. Sam Pitroda’s video address is: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wWMiJyKWoAQ5QHiAA-UWUdYSmKvE9G8s/view?usp=sharing
“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