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Catalyst Campus

Feb. 28 2023

Catalyst Campus Utah creates ecosystems where government and private contractors interface to advance programs with new technologies. Small contractors, entrepreneurs, academics, and government employees collaborate in research and development labs to accelerate innovation services and increase economic development.

How Catalyst Campus Champions Women

To accelerate innovation and increase economic development in every community, Catalyst Campus prioritizes programs that empower women with various backgrounds to develop and contribute their expertise to the tech industry and the U.S. Department of Defense.

It works closely with The Rosie Network for military entrepreneurs at Hill Air Force Base to cultivate a daycare program that allows women to complete internships that will evolve into full-time positions at the base. Additionally, it launched a women-in-tech mentoring program for Utah women that helps them navigate challenges as they arise with host mentors during regular coffee sessions.

Catalyst Campus Utah offers paid maternity and family leave, integrated daycare, and returnships that support women gradually returning to work. Its remote and flexible work options enable women to design a schedule that aligns with their family priorities while advancing their careers.

Why Supporting Women Is Important to Catalyst Campus

Championing women in tech aligns with Catalyst Campus’s commitment to providing its employees with opportunities to grow, contribute, and be rewarded. As a leader in collaborative innovation with stakeholders from different backgrounds, it is invested in facilitating conversations that bring men and women together to help remove outdated barriers to women in tech.

The organization launched its Mother Hackers podcast to amplify the conversation about women-specific barriers in tech and the Department of Defense. The podcast also highlights ways men can contribute to a female-supportive environment in the industry. Women make up  28% of the tech industry workforce. Catalyst Campus believes in creating opportunities and engagements for traditional and non-traditional factions of the aerospace and defense industry, especially for women.

Its commitment to helping military spouses become certified in one of the highest-demand positions in the Department of Defense aligns with its mission to cultivate innovation and collaboration while stimulating business growth between the economy’s private and public sectors. As an industry-leading program acceleration lab, Catalyst Campus shows other companies how championing women can improve their innovation ability. 

100 Utah Companies Championing Women 

The Inspire InUtah initiative celebrates women entrepreneurs and highlights the businesses that support them. We showcase these businesses and the policies and programs that empower women to grow and companies to succeed. When companies make real leaps toward equality, others can see the possibilities and implement what works for them. Catalyst Campus is a shining example of a business that champions women and improves communities.

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