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.
“Dreams Know No Gender”
Katalyst believes that exposure to inspiring leaders who have gone through the trials and tribulations to achieve their goals would motivate the Katalysts to relentlessly work towards their own personal and professional goals. Hence, every year Katalyst organises a national convention in Goa, where Katalysts from all the centers get an opportunity to interact with each other, with leaders from the industry who are invited for the panel discussion and with the mentors and supporters who attend the convention.
Katalyst’s 8th Annual Convention was held on 29th July 2017 in Country Inn and Suites, Goa, amidst room filled with 170 bright young women in bright yellow t-shirts eager to absorb all that panelists had to offer, eager to learn and be more empowered! All these young women from some of the most challenging socio-economic circumstances had the desire and ambition to achieve personally, academically and professionally.
“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