Executive Access: A Culture of Sponsorship — Helping Women Leaders Succeed

Developed in response to intense client demand, our Executive Access series of short programs provides you with immediate, actionable insights in an accessible format. The next program in the series is A Culture of Sponsorship: Helping Women Leaders Succeed, taught by world-renowned strategist Rita McGrath.

Faculty Director Rita McGrath

Date: January 27, 2021
Time: 12–3 p.m. ET
Fee: $450
Format: 3-hours, live online

This program earns 1/2 a certificate credit. Learn more.

Program Overview

Join us for an intense introduction to how executives can become sponsors for women leaders in their organization. Taught by the faculty director of our Women in Leadership program, Rita McGrath, this three-hour event is based on years of research on how to be an effective sponsor — and benefit from reverse mentoring — for women in leadership roles. If you have a mandate to become an organizational change agent for the female talent in your organization, this short, high-impact session may be just the starting point you’re looking for.

Learning Outcomes

✓ Effectively give feedback to and receive it from your female talent

✓ Identify and implement sponsorship plans for one or more of the women leaders on your team

✓ Create more effective systems for promotion with inclusivity in mind

✓ Implement a ‘reverse mentoring’ approach in your organization to shift from assimilating high-potential female leaders into the organization to actively working to make the organization more inclusive by removing barriers you may never have noticed


  • Setting Up Your Organization for Success
  • Building a Cross-Company Network of Peer Sponsors
  • Women Leaders and Performance Evaluation
  • Designing a Reverse-Mentoring Program for Women Leaders
  • Guest Interview with the Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Major Organization


» Download the program schedule here.


Rita McGrath
World-Renowned Strategist
Faculty, Columbia Business School Executive Education

Rita Gunther McGrath is a world-renowned strategist, sought-after speaker, and longtime faculty member at Columbia Business School Executive Education. She is widely recognized as a premiere expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has consistently been named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. She's a best-selling author of multiple business books, including her most recent Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen.


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