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City Club of Cleveland - Gender Diversity: A Competitive Advantage
Gender Diversity: A Competitive Advantage
Ilene H. Lang
President, Catalyst
Sponsor: 2006 KeyBank Diversity Thought Leadership Series

Ilene H. Lang heads Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. She was appointed president in August 2003 after a long and illustrious career in the technology industry.

Lang is an expert on the advancement of women in corporations and professional firms, workforce demographic trends, the business case for women's career development, innovative strategies for retaining and advancing women, and work-life balance issues. Having broken barriers in her own career, Lang is broadly recognized as a pioneering female high-tech/internet executive, and she has advised CEOs and entrepreneurs as a board member, coach, and investor in women-led technology companies. As a successful businesswoman, Lang has brought high energy and corporate savvy to the advancement of women in every sector of the global marketplace.

Lang was the founding CEO of AltaVista Internet Software Inc., which commercialized the highly popular AltaVista Internet search service and marketed a line of award-winning internet-based software products for business people. Prior to AltaVista, she was senior vice president of the Desktop Business Group at Lotus Development Corporation, responsible for the worldwide development and marketing of Lotuss SmartSuite product line.

Lang serves on the Board of Directors of Adaptec Corporation, ART Technology Group, and the Tufts Health Plan. She served on the board of directors of PlanetAll prior to its acquisition by, the advisory board of Direct Hit Technologies prior to its acquisition by Ask Jeeves, and the board of trustees of Radcliffe College prior to its merger with Harvard University.
October 23, 2006