Alexander: Accelerator

The Client:

A global financial services institution

Coaching mission:

As part of a wider internal initiative to accelerate the progression of senior women in the company, Alexander was asked to create a cohort programme targeted at high potential women with sessions taking place in the US, Europe and Asia.

Objectives:

  1. To increase the exposure and impact of these of these talented women with senior stakeholders at board level and within the wider organisation.
  2. To cultivate a diverse talent pipeline.
  3. To enable the participants to develop cross-cultural relationships within the company and to leverage from their own experiences and knowledge.
  4. To increase their self-awareness, providing the cohort with the skills, tools and a platform for mutual support that would enable them to be more confident and perform at their best.

Cohort Sizes:

8 -12 people

Alexander Programme Structure: a combination of:

  • Cohort group sessions where individuals make new connections, share tools, discuss work challenges, leverage strengths and encourage each other.
  • One-on-one coaching sessions in which:
    • Skills, strengths and assets are explored and career direction is reinforced.
    • Specific concerns or blockages are addressed.
  • Mentoring: participants are paired with senior internal sponsors.

Outcomes of the wider programme:

  • The profiles of the women and their achievements were raised.
  • The participants felt empowered, valued and motivated to excel.
  • A record number of women were promoted to Managing Director level.
  • The participants forged valuable professional relationships across geographies.
  • Powerful role models for diversity and inclusion were developed.
  • The organisation gained a global perspective on the issues facing their high potential female employees and how best to aid their development.

Conclusion:

The cohort programme was deemed a great success and the company are considering a repeat.