Adobe Women's Executive Shadow Program Resources for Executives

WELCOME TO THE BAY AREA WOMEN'S EXECUTIVE SHADOW PROGRAM (WESP)!

The Women's Executive Shadow Program is a unique "day in the life" experience focused on providing high potential women the opportunity to "shadow" an Executive to gain a greater understanding of leadership and Adobe's business.

WESP is a volunteer-run program at Adobe. It started in 2012 with 5 shadow paris in the bay area and grew to 80 paris and 3 regions by 2016.

How do participants benefit from WESP?

Through WESP, each participant will observe an Executive applying the skills, traits, and personal characteristics that contribute to their success. WESP provides opportunity for professional development, networking, cross-functional exposure, and to learn about areas of the business.

How do Executives benefit from WESP?

Through WESP, Executives will have the opportunity to introspect on their leadership philosophy, contribute to talent development by way of preparing high potential employees, and gain exposure to other areas of the business.

WHAT TO EXPECT

SHADOW PAIR ANNOUNCEMENT (May 5th)

PRE-SHADOW DAY Briefing (June 1 ~ 15th)

  • 30 min briefing with your shadow (initiated and scheduled by her/him)
  • Make formal introductions
  • Discuss Shadow Day logistics
  • Align on expectations and guidelines

SHADOW DAY(S) (June 15 ~ July 31)

  • 1 “day in the life” experience for the shadow
  • Shadow day can be spread over multiple days if you and your shadow choose to do so

DEBRIEF (~ August 15)

  • 30 minute debrief with shadow
  • Complete an evaluation survey for the program’s Core Team

CELEBRATION EVENT (August 31)

What do Executives say about their experiences?

“Being an executive mentor in this program is great. My shadow asked so many great questions and pushed me to really think about and consider my leadership style. This was as valuable to me as it was to her.”

“Great opportunity to have a fresh set of eyes evaluate your style and pull out some great insights. Also a great way to force yourself to be introspective about what you do and how you do it. My shadow was very smart and thoughtful so the insights I got were great.”

TOP 5 TIPS

  • Align goals and expectations at the pre-shadow briefing.
  • Consider key meetings and discussions for the shadow experience that would accomplish the goals.
  • Share your experiences openly on how you got to where you are today.
  • Commit to the time you've scheduled for your shadow day(s).
  • Throughout the experience think about impactful feedback for your wrap-up session.

For questions, please contact us at WESPExecSupport@adobe.com.

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