Nearly 500 recently promoted individuals from the senior staff through director levels participated in the Lead with Values Promotion Academy last week in Atlanta. Presented by Crowe University, Crowe's learning programming, with the support of more than 80 facilitators, the three-day program was designed to help individuals prepare for success in their new roles. During the program, participants also had the opportunity to network and celebrate with their peers from across the firm and with many of Crowe’s senior leaders. Here are some highlights from this year’s program:
- Welcome and Keynote: Mindy Herman (Indianapolis) welcomed everyone to the program followed by CEO Jim Powers (Indianapolis) who provided a call to action by sharing seven things the best leaders do. The general session ended with improvisation activities facilitated by Second City Works around including, adapting to and motivating others.
- Leader Learning by Level and Role: Participants took part in sessions, by their level, focused on developing skills to be successful in their new roles and building their brand. There were sessions that targeted their specific roles, focusing on growing business development and client experience skills specific to their business unit. Other sessions applicable to the broader audience focused on developing motivational leadership skills.
- Celebration and Community Service: After the first day’s sessions, participants celebrated their new roles by dining at and exploring the Georgia Aquarium. The next night all the participants “Styled their Sole” with a community service project decorating 300 pairs of children and young adult sized TOMS® Shoes (a Crowe client). The shoes were donated to Atlanta Children’s Shelter.
- Be Opportunistic: In closing out the program, Wendy Cama (New York), chair of Crowe’s Board of Directors, challenged the participants to be open to opportunities that stretch their capabilities and seem a risk, yet could yield long-term career outcomes far beyond taking the safe path. Wendy shared her successful path as an illustration.
After attending the program, participants are encouraged to meet with their career coaches to share what they learned and seek support in applying what they learned.