Career Development

Craftsbury’s unique approach to career development provides an invaluable resource for companies seeking to attract, promote and retain top female talent. Craftsbury’s career development work can take the form of a One-on-One Engagement, Cohort Engagement, Group Workshops and/or retreats.

The Need

The evidence is clear: Companies with greater gender diversity outperform their peers on such important metrics as innovation, culture and financial performance. Studies show that firms with a strong record of promoting women to the executive suite are more profitable than those that do not.

Unfortunately, despite efforts to diminish the gender gap, many organizations still struggle to attract and retain top female talent for a variety of reasons:

  • Junior women lack senior female role models and sounding boards.
  • Cultural challenges often leave women feeling excluded; people want to belong.
  • Confidence issues can be compounded when an employee is the only woman in the room.
  • Lack of clear feedback on career progression can lead to frustration and attrition.

Workforces are stressed and turnover is at an all-time high. Employees need support now more than ever. They need a safe space to air uncertainties, they need role models and they need sounding boards. Finally, they need tools that will help them and their organizations thrive.

“As a newly appointed CEO, I knew that I was going to need some help. Not only with the day-to-day responsibilities, but also how I was going to manage it from a personal perspective, which is why I started working with Caroline. She was the perfect choice to help me work through all of the new challenges and expectations that I was facing, and help me become the best version of myself in this new role. Her wealth of knowledge and experience coupled with her unique ability to connect with her clients, is the perfect combination of a successful coach and mentor. She has helped me identify where I have opportunity to grow, and is providing me with the road map and the support system to get there. I believe that we, as women in business, need more women like Caroline to help empower us and build confidence in every aspect of our lives. She has been that person in my corner, that I didn’t even realize I needed and I am so thankful to be working with her.”

Portfolio company CEO

“As I was struggling to navigate the new responsibility that comes with being a first-time manager, I was very grateful to have Caroline as a guide and cheerleader. Caroline helped me to learn not only effective leadership strategies, but also a roadmap to achieve my near- and long-term professional goals. Her years of experience as a woman in private equity and her warm personality come through in the thoughtful, tailored advice she gives. I highly recommend her to women at all stages of their career journeys.”

Investor Relations Manager, Buyout Fund

The Solution

Craftsbury’s Career Development Engagement addresses these pain points, helping firms become better homes for their female leadership and encouraging women to excel in their career paths. The efforts invested now will exponentially improve not only the lives of individual women in the workplace, but also the workplace itself.

Through Craftsbury’s guidance, clients learn to:

  • Recognize and play to their strengths
  • Hone their presentation styles to be more impactful
  • Increase confidence levels to overcome career hurdles
  • Develop leadership skills and a management style that enables them to build effective teams
  • Set goals and take strides toward their next promotion

The result is a team that draws from the unique talents of its individuals and functions more effectively, with clearer, more direct communication between supervisor and supervisee and a stronger sense of unity.

Learn more about how we can help you craft a path to success.