Sustainable and inclusive development is critical for a peaceful and prosperous world; and gender equality is key to achieving sustainability. At Catalyse Change we focus on ways we can inspire and skill young women to be the next generation of change-agents. By providing them with inspiration and knowledge ‘to be the change they wish to see' in the world, we seek to tackle gender equality and sustainability by working with the very people who will realise that change.
Our sustainability empowerment & green careers programme inspires and upskills young women & non-binary changemakers. Our Catalyst Summit – is a 3-day online event – followed by up to six months mentoring from a woman working in sustainability. We also run Green Career skills masterclasses & online courses.
Gender inequality remains a key challenge. Britain has one of the worst records on gender equality at work, and men continue to fill the majority of the highest paid and most senior roles. Women also continue to be under-represented in leadership roles, in particular, those that influence policy. Yet, as identified by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, gender equality is key to creating an inclusive and sustainable world.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment. “Women and girls make up more than half the world’s population — and they are on the frontlines — often more deeply impacted than men and boys by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and global economic crises. Their contributions and leadership are central to finding a solution.”
Traci is our co-founder and executive director. She has been delivering sustainability change programmes – for over 20 years – with diverse range of people, from organic farmers, Local Authorities to community groups. She now runs her own green career coaching and consulting business Sustain-Live Consulting, helping other women to succeed in their purpose-led careers or to grow their own social enterprise or eco business. She lives on a houseboat near Bristol and enjoys good food, festivals, and adventures.
Helen is a Food Technologist turned environmentalist. She worked with several top food brands before joining the Soil Association in 1999, to lead their organic certification and Business Development teams. She later ran the organisation’s events and took over the charity’s fundraising. In 2010 Helen became Ambassador for Ecotricity and was CEO of its football club, Forest Green Rovers, when first promoted into the league. In 2018 she founded One Blue Marble to help environmentally-focussed organisations fulfil their full potential.
Julie is a passionate advocate of social enterprise, starting her first social venture in the 1980s! After completing an MBA she specialised in social enterprise business support and was MD of Social Enterprise Works CIC. Julie now delivers enterprise education to students in Higher Education and contributing to the development of an ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurship. She now also runs her own social enterprise Make It Studios – a shared enterprise and workhub – in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Access a growing and diverse network of dynamic young women, set to be the next generation of sustainability leaders and changemakers.
Make a real difference to the futures of young women, and mark yourself out as a leader for progress.
Train mentors with the skills to guide young women along their career paths, while fostering mutual understanding between the young women and your organisation.
Increase your brand recognition with the most connected, socially minded, and environmentally conscious generation in history.
Supporting more young women to gain access to our programme content – both in person and online.
Producing content designed around your organisation and brand.
Offering to mentor a young woman, or working with us to develop a mentoring scheme tailored to your organisation.
Supporting you to identify suitable interns, and opportunities to develop pathways to internships that are unique to your organisation.