Nearly 100 coworkers from the U.S., Canada & the U.K. participated in CDW’s 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) to drive solutions for key business issues. Participants were nominated or interviewed by their function’s senior leaders to be selected for the program.
Last October, the Emerging Leaders were divided into 16 cross-functional teams, each guided by a Director/Sr. Manager sponsor. Teams attended development sessions and worked with key stakeholders as they solved their business challenge. During the program, participants sharpened their skills in communication, problem solving, relationship building and project management. All teams closed out their projects by delivering their final recommendations to an audience of CDW senior leaders in July.
ELP is just one of the ways that CDW focuses on developing talent by assisting coworkers to better position themselves to advance their careers and transition into leadership roles at CDW.
We asked some of this year’s participants to share their experiences. Here’s what they had to say:
"The Emerging Leaders Program resets your perspective and allows you to see the diverse business units, people, and processes that sustain and grow CDW. ELP helps one to pause and ask more questions to gauge intent and historical context to make better decisions and communicate more effectively."
– Brittany, Sales
"I learned the value of teamwork and the importance of individuals contributing to the pool of ideas in a diverse team. My team members' different perspectives based on their role in company, tenure, and background helped in refining our approach to the solution by challenging each other's perspective and better collaborating."
– Adrian, ITS
"I was able to stretch outside of my area of expertise and challenge myself in solving for a complex and critical business issue, making a long-term impact for CDW moving forward."
– Faiz, Coworker Services Canada
Congratulations to all teams on their versatility, focus and virtual executive presence this year!