“The Leading Women Executives program has served ITW well as a vehicle for stimulating meaningful conversations with key talent about their goals and aspirations.
It also has provided valuable insights about how best to create an inclusive culture and support our goals to advance women leaders.”
Scott Santi, Chairman & CEO, ITW
Becoming a Sponsor
Sponsor companies are asked to nominate 3 or 4 female professionals who have been identified by their CEOs and executive leadership teams as having the potential to attain a top management role. Nomination by the CEO is required to participate in the program.
Sponsors are required to identify senior executives from their company to serve as advocates for participants in the program. Advocates learn insights gained from the program and help to address organizational barriers to advancement.
Target sponsors will have one or more of the following criteria:
- Focused on developing high-potential, female professionals into potential, future leaders of the company;
- Committed to evaluating any business practices or cultural issues that may be limiting the advancement of women in their organization;
- Dedicated to creating change in their organization to support the advancement of women; and
- Able to identify executives to serve as advocates for the participants throughout the program.
Target advocates will have one or more of the following criteria:
- Senior executive of the company with insights into the business practices and culture of the organization;
- Ability to provide support and developmental feedback to program participant;
- Flexibility to meet with the participant throughout the Leading Women Executives program a minimum of 3 or more times to discuss curriculum topics and share insights; and
- Work with the program participant to offer actionable ideas for improving the retention and advancement of women.
Benefits of Sponsorship
- Two-way communication with future leaders of the company regarding their career development.
- Female executives with more highly-developed leadership skills.
- Opportunity for sustained corporate progress by sponsoring multiple participants.
- Richer succession pool, resulting in greater representation of women in higher ranks within the firm and greater diversity of leadership perspectives.
- Company-specific insights and feedback on areas for improvement to advance female talent.
- Sharing of best practices and a broadened network among sponsor companies.
- Heightened reputation as an employer of choice, increasing the ability to attract talent.
Baxter International Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc
Boston Consulting Group
Deere & Company
Discover Financial Services
Ernst & Young LLP
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
HSBC North America Holdings Inc
Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW)
Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
NextEra Energy, Inc.
Northern Trust Corporation
Ryder System, Inc.
State Farm Insurance Companies
W.W. Grainger, Inc.