Catalyst Summit & Mentoring Programme 2024


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Empowering women for climate careers

Do you want to make a difference through a purpose-led career? Are you curious about global climate solutions and green career opportunities? But confused about what to do and how?

Join our sustainability empowerment and green careers programme which runs from July to November this year.

Who is the programme for?

Young women and non-binary changemakers aged 18-30 who want to work in sustainability and make a difference.

Why join us?

  • Do you want help figuring out how you can do something about it?
  • Do you feel anxious, scared, or overwhelmed by the climate crisis?
  • Do you want to make a difference but aren’t sure how?
  • Do you need guidance on green education and career pathways?
“It was great! I have got lots of confidence, I believe in myself more, and I know that I am capable of more than I thought. My mentor helped me with tailoring my CV and motivation letter, which helped me get a position at an NGO working on human rights and democratic election.” 

What does the programme involve?

Online Catalyst Summit: 9.30 am – 3.30 pm. 11th and 18th July

The Catalyst Summit is an inspiring and empowering sustainability programme that will help you make a difference and land your dream job in sustainability. Join us for inspirational speakers, green careers guidance, and sustainability experts.

Learn green skills, understand climate career options & pathways, and meet your own mentor to help guide your changemaker journey. 

Grow, learn and be inspired through our empowering workshops, transformative women-centered coaching, intergenerational mentoring, and peer group networking. All are informed by the latest climate research, sustainability strategies, and frameworks.

Speakers include Daze Agahji (young climate activist), Bianca Pitt (She Climate), and Rhian Sherrington (Women In Sustainability).

Summit Day 1: Inner Journey: becoming a changemaker (11th July)

  • We set the scene and context for gender equity, intersectionality, and women’s empowerment in achieving sustainability.
  • Explore what the world needs through global sustainability frameworks.
  • Find your passion and purpose and how to grow your courage and confidence.
  • Build your inner changemaker toolkit to help you navigate your journey effectively.
  • Learn how to build your resilience and turn eco-anxiety into agency and action.

Summit Day 2: Taking Action: making an impact (18th July)

  • Be inspired by inspirational women working in sustainability
  • Find out what it’s like to work for a purpose-led organisation and how you can do it
  • Meet our mentors and find out how they will support you
  • Learn how to set and achieve goals for your green education and career journey.
  • Explore your future through transformative women-centred coaching workshops, learning alongside your new like-minded peer community.

3 months of Sustainability Mentorship (August – November)

Following the Catalyst Summit, you will be matched with a professional woman working in sustainability, and they will help you:

  • Define your vision and pathway for a green career.
  • Set a personal or career goal and be supported to achieve it.
  • Learn about the education and career opportunities available to you.
  • Build an understanding of your personal strengths and interests.
  • Gain inspiration as you learn about career paths in sustainability and the low-carbon economy.
  • Learn tools for improving your confidence and personal resilience.

You will work with your mentor for 3 months from August – November – for a minimum of 3 x 1 hour meetings – agreeing dates and times that work for you both.

‍ 4 online Masterclasses & Meet-ups

These optional masterclasses will support your green career and personal development. These one-hour sessions will run monthly between August and November. They also provide guidance, accountability, and the support of a like-minded community.

  • 22nd August, 1-2 pm – The power of community and networking
  • 18th September, 6-7.30 pm – Turn eco-anxiety into agency, with Force of Nature
  • 24th October, 1-2 pm – What is the right climate career for you?
  • 20th November, 6-7 pm – How to get that dream green job.

We recommend you attend the online sessions in person, but all sessions are recorded and will be made available until the end of December 2024.

In-person Graduation and Careers Event (Bristol, UK – 6th November)

New to the programme this year – This graduation and green careers event offers an exciting networking opportunity! Unfortunately, it won’t be a hybrid event, so we cannot provide online access.

What gain from this programme?

  • Grow your confidence & find your purpose – be inspired and empowered.
  • Excellent networking opportunity – meet sustainable businesses & new contacts.
  • One-to-one sustainability mentoring – to help guide your change-maker journey.
  • Monthly meet-ups & masterclasses – stay connected and supported throughout.
  • Learn about green careers & skills – be up-to-date on what employers want.
  • Make new like-minded friends – join a safe space to learn, connect, and have fun.

“I would say that the Catalyst Summit is a great way to gain focus around what your goals and interests are within the sustainability sector. If you want to work in the sustainability sector or learn more about existing opportunities and you don’t know where to start, this is an excellent starting point!” 


Interested? Book your place now!

This programme is subsidised; Early Bird tickets start from £99 and are available until the end of May (booking fee may apply). 

The cost of your ticket covers access to both days for the online Catalyst Summit + 3 months of Mentorship + Online Masterclasses + Place at November’s Graduation and Green Careers event!

ELIGIBILITY: Aged 18-30, live within Europe, proficient in English language, passionate about climate justice.

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Bursaries are available. We prize diversity and inclusivity and want to ensure that everyone who wants a place on our programme is given the opportunity. So our FREE sponsored bursaries are prioritised for people from underrepresented and less-advantaged backgrounds. If you would like to apply a FREE sponsored bursary, complete the application form linked below

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“You’ll realise your potential as change-makers in the world, and you’ll become inspired by the immense amount of people you meet in just three days. You’ll gain a new Eco family!”

CS20 testimonial

“Encouraging, hopeful and inspiring programme which offers connectedness in uncertain times, inspiration and invaluable knowledge and understanding through learning. Mentoring also provides great guidance.”

Read more testimonials on our blog:

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What people say about our programmes...

“It was so inspiring to work with someone who had achieved so much in the exact field I would love to work in. I enjoyed that concrete advice was given but in a flexible way that allowed me to lead the discussion.”

Izzy, Catalyst Summit Alumni, 2023

“I loved working with my mentor. She helped me convert my dream into a tangible goal. I would say it was a great opportunity, loads of valuable resources and a brilliant mentor.“

Zhen, Catalyst Summit Alumni, 2023

“Before [Catalyst Summit] I felt very lost within sustainability, and through this, simply knowing that there are other women on the same path trying to navigate through the same problems is reassuring. The community aspects really support you through any worries or challenges you face.”

Anonymous, Catalyst Summit Alumni, 2023

© Catalyse Change 2024.

Catalyse Change CIC is a social enterprise working to inspire and empower young women for happy, healthy & green careers, communities, and the planet. The directors, Board, and mentors are all women working in sustainability, with a combined wide skill set and expertise, supported by an extensive network of other sustainability professionals who provide expertise and mentoring.

*We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and welcome trans women, genderqueer women & non-binary people.

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