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, HBR.org, 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
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