“To effect change in a company, you need momentum. What struck me after our first Women Leading Change class was that the women became advocates for driving change. It was a seriously life-changing event for them. Now Rayona is inspiring our men to be advocates for women’s leadership too in the Partners Leading Change program.”
– Mike Kaufmann, CFO, Cardinal Health
Partners Leading Change is a three-day program designed to give men a powerful awakening as to the contribution Gender Partnership can make in their own lives and in their organization. This immersion experience creates a safe environment in which to explore the culture of growing up male and how that experience affected them both positively and negatively as a leader. Discussions are led by seasoned professionals who have a proven track record in facilitating useful and provocative conversations that illuminate how to build an inclusive culture at home and at work.
In this program participants report that they achieve deep clarity and commitment to a compelling future in which they and the people they care about can achieve results far beyond what would normally have been predicted.
Participants typically are men with significant organizational responsibility or high-level projects or initiatives who can lead change within their organization to achieve Gender Partnership. The program culminates in men taking on Breakthrough Projects aimed at removing institutional barriers and blind spots related to the full partnership of men and women at work.
What Top Male Executives at a Fortune 50 Company Say About This Program
“As a male, and having grown up in an all-male household, I assumed that everyone’s experience was just like mine, where the most talented person was always selected for a promotion or next assignment. One of the things that sticks with me is that men are conditioned to take risks, where women are not. This honestly blew me away.”
“There’s a greater level of awareness and much more openness to what we’re trying to accomplish. We’re talking about moving women up — it’s spoken of at the forefront of meetings. I’ve seen a pretty substantial change in strategizing on getting women candidates to have greater influence or a seat at the table.”
“I have been more deliberative when I recruit and conduct talent reviews to ensure that we are not unknowingly missing the best talent. I take this beyond simply checking a box to have a diverse slate. I push our teams and recruiters to identify highly talented females and minorities when looking for roles. In the end we hire the best qualified, however we do so by exercising patience and deliberately recruiting top diverse talent.”