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Preparing 100+ leaders for senior roles in a Fortune 50 company

“The high-stakes expectations and performance culture of this company can be intimidating. The funnel for advancement is very competitive and narrow. There tends to be more career pathing earlier and then without notice, leaders are no longer being told how to navigate what’s next. Or, often what a leader has been praised for earlier in their career becomes a liability further up the ladder and they suddenly find themselves in trouble. Either way, it becomes imperative to take self-ownership and drive. I love digging in with leaders, getting the lay of the land, and finding that path to win. I hold a vision for their success before they can see it. This is a very personal and rigorous process – as well as fun and ultimately liberating for many of these people.”
- SE

Fortune 50, $60B retailer headquartered in Minneapolis

The success of the business depends on continually grooming and developing senior leaders ready to step into diverse and demanding senior executive roles

  • Need leaders who can navigate huge complexity, constant change and myriad relationships and still drive outcomes

  • Need leaders to project strength and presence commensurate with the scope of a C-level and other senior roles

  • Need to build confidence in leaders to step into new, higher risk internal and external situations

  • Need leaders to remain grounded within strong culture and find own authentic voice and point of view

  • 360 feedback collection and reporting

  • Leadership coaching to develop personalized leadership vision, purpose, and values

  • Executive presence and presentation coaching to strengthen confidence

  • Training in executive storytelling to engage and inspire large audiences

  • Individual and cohort programs

Sherry’s value at Target has been significant over the past decade:

  • Coached 100+ senior leaders

  • Many assignments focused on leadership communication, executive presence and building personal brand and voice as a leader

  • 3 years in DMG talent development program; partnered with company SVP on a yearlong officer development program; cohort of 8 leaders, 4 quarterly offsites, monthly coaching sessions, 360 feedback report and personalized leadership plan for each leader

  • Invited to speak to entire human resources organization; developed Picturing Success deck which went viral in company

  • Teambuilding with smaller individual teams

  • Many leaders who were coached were successfully promoted

  • Business gained senior leaders with courage, savvy and point of view in sync with company culture, the CEO and leadership team

  • Year-long officer development program fostered connections across the company and yielded powerful results for individual leaders

  • Leaders able to be more strategic and self-starting about how to navigate and drive change with key stakeholders