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Sponsorship and Mentoring Initiatives Score Big at Cardinal Health


Thu Jun 02 2016

Sponsorship and Mentoring Initiatives Score Big at Cardinal Health

Cardinal Health Dublin, Ohio

MentorCliQ Columbus Ohio Cardinal Health


ATD Excellence in Practice 2015 Award Winner Cardinal Health helps providers focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency, and improving quality.

A formal mentoring program was implemented as a primary focus within the organization’s global talent management strategy. It enables employees to build leadership capabilities across the enterprise and provides the organization with a distinct, sustainable competitive talent advantage. Currently there are more than 700 employees participating globally, from hourly workers to senior vice presidents.

Specifically, the mentoring/sponsorship initiatives help address improvement opportunities, such as:

  • increasing the number of women and minorities in the leadership pipeline

  • building a more inclusive culture

  • assimilating new leaders

  • increasing collaboration across business segments, functions, and geographies

  • increasing employee engagement and retention.

The corporate mentoring initiative provides resources and connections to help employees continue to develop and grow great careers. In addition, the initiative supports such talent development objectives as:

  • providing employees greater access to mentoring as a development resource

  • providing a structure and process flexible enough to support a variety of mentoring formats that meet business or function-specific needs

  • gathering relevant data to inform talent development opportunities and decisions.

ATD Excellence in Practice Awards are Presented to practices that have demonstrated clear and measurable results of achieving organizational goals, meet a demonstrated need, have appropriate design values, and are clearly aligned with other performance improvement initiatives. These practices have long-term, sustained results. Read about past Excellence in Practice winners by visiting the Winners Archive.


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