Adobe Women's Executive Shadow Program Resources for Executives


The Women's Executive Shadow Program (WESP) is an active shadowing experience where high-potential women partner with an executive to experience a day in their life, gain cross-functional exposure to the business, and network with like-minded peers.

WESP is a volunteer-run program at Adobe. It started in 2012 with 5 shadow pairs in the bay area and grew to 113 pairs and 5 regions by 2017.

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 various 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.



2. PRE-SHADOW DAY Briefing (May 21st ~ June 7th, 2018)

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

3. SHADOW DAY(S) (June 11th ~ August 15th, 2018)

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

4. DEBRIEF (~ August 24th, 2018)

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

5. CELEBRATION EVENT (September 19th, 2018)

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.”


  • 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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