Futureproofing the Leadership Pipeline

An Appreciative Inquiry Exploring Reverse Mentoring to Prepare Millennials for Leadership in Pharmaceuticals

November 2023
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To futureproof the leadership pipeline at a top worldwide pharmaceutical company, an appreciative inquiry among 75 employees improved the existing reverse mentoring program. Promotion of the study introduced approximately 300 employees to Appreciative Inquiry and the program, and resulted in a 25% increase in program participants. The study contributed to and expanded our understanding of Millennials’ proclivities, reverse mentoring best practices, and offered future practitioners examples for applying AI.


Author: Renata A. Walton

Renata Walton, DM, received a doctorate from the University of Phoenix and is an organizational strategist with 30 years of experience. As a pioneer of innovation, Renata leads high performing teams in realizing operational excellence. 

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Author: Kelley A. Conrad

Kelley Conrad, PhD, an Industrial Organizational Psychology graduate from Iowa State University, is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and 2014 Faculty of the Year in The University of Phoenix Doctor of Management program. 

Contact: kaconrad@icloud.com

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