This 12-month journey supports career advancement, increased confidence and personal authenticity, refinement of leadership identity, and deep connections to peers across the globe.
Each participant is paired with an internal sponsor, offering guidance, advocacy, and deep commitment to their learning to propel their career forward and offer opportunities that they would not otherwise receive.
Our ethos for development is to lead with connection and an emphasis on our shared humanity, creating a sustainable ecosystem of belonging, support and opportunity that continues well beyond the Catalyst journey.
Develop a clear sense of your unique purpose and leadership identity.
Accelerate your competitive edge, growth and innovation.
Elevate your visibility within your team and organization.
Develop your career through peer mentoring and sponsorship.
Involve higher level executives as allies for your leadership development.
Step into greater positions of leadership in a way that is powerful and authentic.
— Forbes.com, Why Women Need To Network Differently Than Men To Get Ahead
Participants are matched with Sponsors within their organization; these are leaders with the influence and power to go beyond traditional mentoring support such as coaching, directing, and skills development. Sponsors are committed to the advancement of their Sponsees through advocacy and action – offering opportunities and connections the Sponsee may not otherwise have access to themselves.
Participants join a circle of 6 peers (of varied levels and regions) who are dedicated to each other’s thriving and growth. Circles are facilitated by an Emerging Human coach who works with each Participant, and with the Circle as a whole, supporting them to show up powerfully and authentically in work and life. Participants also practice coaching and mentoring skills as they support other Circle members to rise.
Participants identify their career aspirations, current skills, and where they want to grow and develop. With the support of their Sponsor and Power Circle, each Participant will develop a plan to evolve their career in a way that best reflects their unique gifts and desires.
Each month Participants receive content (videos, written materials, thought-provoking questions), tools, research and resources to support the monthly themes. They also receive follow up conversation guides and practices to engage with a rotating buddy from their Circle, and take their learning deeper throughout the month. Meetings with Sponsors and Direct Managers are structured through in-depth monthly guides. This is a deep dive into self-discovery that creates real change through experience and practice over time.
Participants will regularly be connected to the larger Catalyst cohort throughout the experience. As our graduates advance in their careers, the connections they make continue to have ripple effects for many years into the future – and many go on to become Catalyst Sponsors! Participants will also learn how to leverage networking skills learned throughout the Catalyst journey.
Managers of the Participants have endorsed and approved of their top talent’s participation in this program. They are aware of the commitment needed for Catalyst and we honor their support of each Participant. Participants are guided to maximize their relationship with their manager and update them at key points during the program.
All Participants are invited to several virtual events intended to make connections among the larger Catalyst cohort. Guest speakers, presentations and practices led by Emerging Human facilitators, connection-oriented learning, celebrating wins, and facing current challenges head-on will all be part of these experiences.
Transformational themes are explored through the current landscape of each Participant’s work and life environment. Topics such as Leadership Identity, Playing Big, and Owning Your Voice (to name a few) come alive through the real experiences of the Participants. Witnessing how other Participants relate to and experience the themes provides a variety of perspective and wisdom that is invaluable.
of participants reported a positive impact on career development and planning.
This 12-month experience allows for minimal short-term schedule impact, deeper transformation over time, and increased connection and bonds with Circle members and the Sponsor.
– Ericka H., Program Manager and MoC Lead