Entry to the C-Suite Tower
Entry to the C-Suite®
Achieving career success for women through sponsorship.
There are many initiatives that organisations are doing to focus on the retention and advancement of women.
In 2017, we formed a partnership with CEOs for Gender Equity (CGE) to help achieve these objectives through the Entry to the C- Suite® Program.
Entry to the C-Suite® focuses on developing the capability of senior people through sponsoring a female at a pivotal time in their career, whilst also working with the female to ensure they are ready for a senior role in their organisation. At a time when many organisations are focusing on the retention and advancement of women, it is critical to take a holistic view of how to shift gender equity at the C-Suite level by:
Focusing on senior leadership readiness for women to enter the C-Suite
Working with women to ensure they are prepared and ready to enter the C-Suite
Entry to the C-Suite® achieves this by:
Developing the capability of senior people through sponsoring a female at a pivotal time in their career, with a specific focus on C-Suite readiness
Building internal capability to implement and champion gender equity
Engaging organisations at an individual and on a broader level to realise gender equity outcomes
What CEOs are saying
“Your sponsorship element is critical, no one else is doing what you are doing”
“The coaching embedded in your program gives it an edge”
“I like the fact that there is a sponsor – a step up from mentoring”
“Small cohorts are valuable”
What are the benefits for the participant?
Gain high self awareness of capabilities, strength and experience and the confidence to use this effectively in advancing their career
Develop awareness of options and possibilities for growth and career progression
Build career resilience and effective professional presence
Create a personalised career vision and map for the future
Develop readiness for the executive table
The opportunity and satisfaction of supporting others who come after them
What is the role of the sponsor?
Commitment and personal interest in the participant’s success
Advocate for the individual and promote inside the organisation and beyond
A requirement to participate in a collective sponsor briefing and bi-monthly sessions
Positioned within the organisation to ‘pull’ people through
What role does the CEO need to play?
Committed leader to the vision of supporting the development and promotion of women in their organisation
Demonstrates the organisation’s preparedness to invest in the future of the participant
Prepared to advocate & share learnings
How long is the program?
6 months followed by consolidation reviews at 9 months (3 months post program) and 12 months (6 months post program)
How many organisations are there in a program?
6 organisations plus 1 not-for-profit (who participate at no cost)
How many participants are there in a program?
7 female participants
What participants are saying
“The combined approach of internal sponsorship, one-on-one coaching and group workshops is very powerful”
“This program has given me confidence going forward in applying for roles outside of my traditional comfort zone”
“I would highly recommend it to my peers”
Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centred Coaching
Entry to the C-Suite focuses on developing the capability of senior people through sponsoring a female at a pivotal time in their career