How to Be a Sponsor of Diverse Teams

How to Be a Sponsor of Diverse Teams

May 6, 2020 | Online :: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central Time

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Conscious Inclusion: The Leadership Competency of the Future, May 5, 2020

Economies, companies and businesses will not thrive without fully utilizing the talents of women. The data is clear: Fully engaging more women and gender balancing leadership teams will increase success and profitability.

There is money on the table. According to the World Economic Forum and McKinsey we can add 12 trillion dollars in global GDP by 2025 if we close even some of the gender gaps. Although companies spend millions of dollars on gender diversity initiatives,

  •   Women aren’t advancing any further, and in fact, in the ten years since the World Economic Forum began measuring it, the global economic gender gap has only narrowed by only 2 percent.
  • Contrary to conventional wisdom, in recent decades, global rates of female labor force participation have stagnated, or even fallen.
  • Although millennials believe that they will be the generation to achieve gender parity, research indicates that it will take another 170 years to close the gender gap.

Why should we care? There is a dramatic and growing shortage of skilled talent in a marketplace where over 50% of university graduates are women. Countless studies irrefutably demonstrate that gender balanced teams improve business results. Women entrepreneurs are a source of innovation and employment that drives economies

What’s the problem? Both male and female leaders are relying on a decades old playbook that is outdated and missing a key strategy. Women’s development programs, women’s networks, women’s conferences and traditional diversity and initiatives are very important, but alone they are not enough. Making organizational changes and enlisting executive leadership commitment is critical but insufficient.

What’s the solution? You keep being told to be more inclusive (or to be an inclusive leader) but no-one ever tells you how. Here are the practical answers you’ve been looking for. 

Leadership expert Rania Anderson provides the new playbook men, managers and leaders have been looking for to successfully work with women in our new economy. Anderson guides men, managers and leaders with an unprecedented framework of four intentional behaviors, so they can:

  • Generate opportunities for themselves, their company, and the capable women they work with
  • Recruit, retain, and advance women to create and work on the highest-performing teams
  • Be the colleague, mentor, and sponsor who advances women and benefits equally from working with them
  • Identify, interrupt, and address unconscious bias
  • Rely on leading-edge gender-balanced practices during meetings, feedback conversations, and networking

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the benefits of diverse teams
  • Explain how to move beyond unconscious bias awareness to becoming an ally and advocate
  • Describe the difference between mentors and sponsors
  • Address high potential leadership in a broad, inclusive way
  • Discuss how to become an effective sponsor of talent
  • Assess challenges of sponsoring someone different from you
  • Utilize leading-edge gender-balanced practices during meetings, feedback conversations, and networking
  • Identify components of effective, inclusive, and diverse virtual teams
  • Discuss the ‘new playbook’- opportunities for your company, your colleagues, and yourself



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Course Timing: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central Time

  • The Benefits of Diverse Teams
    • Financial
    • Customer needs
    • Decision-making
    • Innovation
  • Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias Awareness
    • Identify, interrupt, and address unconscious bias
    • Becoming active as an ally and an advocate
  • Mentors and Sponsors
    • Differences between a mentor and sponsor
    • Women’s experiences with mentorship and sponsorship
    • Recruit, retain, and advance women to create and work on the highest-performing team
  • Identifying High Potential in a Broader, More Inclusive Way
  • Becoming an Effective Sponsor of Talent
  • Addressing Challenges of Sponsoring Someone Different from You 
  • Relying on Leading-Edge Gender-Balanced Practices During Meetings, Feedback Conversations, and Networking
  • Leading Effective, Inclusive and Diverse Virtual Teams
  • The New Playbook: Generate Opportunities for Yourself, Your Company, and the Capable People You Work With


Rania Anderson, Keynote Speaker, Author and Executive Coach, The Way Women Work

Rania Anderson transforms the way women and men work, lead and succeed together. She is an author, international keynote speaker and an executive business coach.  Rania is the author WE: Men, Women, and The Decisive Formula for Winning at Work, a cutting-edge guide for men, managers and leaders to recruit, retain, advance and lead with women and Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies. As an international keynote speaker, Rania has spoken to thousands of women and men worldwide, at corporations, conference and universities, including to executives and teams at Fortune 100 companies including PepsiCo, Bank of America, P&G, GE, GM, Microsoft, PwC and Black and Veatch.  Rania began her career at Bank of America where she worked in several capacities and attained a senior leadership role. She started her executive business coaching practice in 1997 and works with executives and senior leaders around the world. In 2010, she founded to provide evidence-based, practical career and business guidance to men and women. She is also the co-founder of a women’s Angel investor network of 45 women investors who invest equity in high-growth women-led businesses.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time. 
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


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