GlaxoSmithKline Combines Social Impact and Professional Development

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GlaxoSmithKline Combines Social Impact and Professional Development

By Caroline McDermott, Senior Associate Consultant, Advisory Services, Taproot Foundation
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New @GSK program combines social impact & professional development through a #probono ScopeAthon w/ @taprootfound:

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Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:45am


GlaxoSmithKline’s Emerging Talent Program sought an experiential learning opportunity for the future leaders of the pharmaceutical company, and saw a perfect fit in the ScopeAthon. The ScopeAthon matches business professionals with nonprofit leaders in an intensive, three-hour diagnostic session to articulate one organizational challenge facing the nonprofit, brainstorm solutions, and develop a scope of work for a project that addresses that need.

GlaxoSmithKline’s Emerging Talent Program engages a selective group of high-performing employees in a competitive multi-year professional development program. The ScopeAthon aligns perfectly with the development areas this group had prioritized, including leading strategic conversations, framing an agenda, navigating ambiguity, and communicating effectively. 

To finish reading about the GSK ScopeAthon, visit the Taproot Foundation Blog


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