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Kate Sweetman

Kate Sweetman


Kate is a Founding Principal of SweetmanCragun Group, a global leadership development firm. She has 25 years of experience in the fields of leadership, teams, and high performance. She has twice been designated a Thinkers50 Radar, and is a former editor at Harvard Business Review. She has keynoted in over 28 countries, and has been featured in, among others,, Sloan Management Review, Huffington Post, Forbes, Economic Times India, and Rotman School of Business.

Kate has clients in North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Select clients include: HPE, Goldman Sachs, Novartis, Shire, ICICI Securities India, EMC, and ADIA.  Her team won the top ASTD Award for their Verizon Leadership Development Program.

From 2011-2014, Kate focused on Asia: she and her team created the Asian Leadership Index, a study of leadership and followership in 18 Asian countries.

Kate recently co-authored "Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption," which received the 2016 International Best Book Award and was listed by Enterprise Ireland magazine as one of "the best business books ever." Her forthcoming book will tackle the leadership upgrade needed in the Age of Disruption. She also co-authored with Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood "Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead By," now in 15 languages.

Kate is a former editor at Harvard Business Review. She has blogged for Fast Company and written for Sloan Management Review. Kate has been a mentor to international students at MIT's Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship. 

She graduated with a BA from Yale, has an MBA from Harvard Business School, speaks rusty French, and resides in London.

Select Articles Published

  • HBR, Embracing Change Means Disrupting Your Day

  • Sloan Management Review, Embracing Uncertainty

  • Huffington Post, Dodging the Six Deadly Blindfolds

  • Rotman School of Business Magazine, Interview with Kate Sweetman

  • DukeCE Dialogue Review, Artificial Intelligence: Inside and Out

  • DukeCE Dialogue Review, Lessons from the Edge of Disruption

  • Economic Times (India), Soft Leadership Creates Strong Companies

  • Verve (India), Women as Leaders in Business

  • Working Mums, Leadership and Reinvention in an Age of Disruption

  • Fast Company, blog series 2009 – 2011

Select Keynotes and Presentations

  • Cali, Columbia, Building the Leadership Culture for the Digital Age

  • Barcelona, Spain, Next Generation Leadership Skills to Compete in the Digital Age

  • Essaouira, Morocco, Leading For-Profit, Sustainable Start-Ups in Africa

  • Boston, USA, Raise Your Voice: Leadership in the Age of Digital Disruption

  • Istanbul, Turkey, 5 Ways HR Can Bring Order to the Age of Disruption

  • Los Angeles, USA, Leadership in the Age of [Digital] Disruption

  • Dubai, UAE, Leading Reinvention: 5 Ways HR Can Help

  • Qatar, Leading in the Age of Disruption

  • Beirut, Lebanon, Surviving Disruption

  • Samui, Thailand, Reinventing Yourself

  • Mumbai, India, Leading in the Age of Disruption

  • Islamabad, Pakistan, How Business Schools Can Better Impact Students and Society

  • Lisbon, Portugal, Leadership and Change

  • Toronto, Canada, Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption

  • Kuala Lumper, Malaysia, Dancing with Disruption

  • Kuwait City, Kuwait, Leading in the Age of Disruption

  • Seoul, South Korea, What Governments Can Do to Support Women in Business

Work History

President and Founding Principal, SweetmanCragun Group, London U.K, 2014-Present

  • Responsible for client management, IP creation/publication, delivery, speeches

Director Leadership Curriculum and Research, Bank Negara, Kuala Lumpur 2011-2014

  • Designed pan-Asian leadership study, and delivered leadership programs in SE Asia

Principal, The RBL Group, Boston, MA, 2008-2011

  • Designed and delivered leadership development and HR programs in US and Europe

CEO, Sweetman Consulting, Boston, MA, 1997-2008

  • Designed and delivered leadership development programs in US and Europe

Editor, Harvard Business Review, Cambridge, MA, 1995-1997

  • Acquired, developed and edited articles in leadership, OD, and human resources