kate sweetman

Kate Sweetman


Kate is a Founding Principal of SweetmanCragun Group, a global leadership development firm. She has over 25 years of experience around the world in the fields of leadership, innovation, and high performance, always operating at the intersection of excellent ideas and superior practice. She has twice been designated a Thinkers50 honoree and is a former editor at Harvard Business Review.   She is also deeply experienced in creating and delivering compelling keynotes, workshops and enterprise-wide programs that clarify leadership behaviors at the top of the organization and translate them into a culture of leadership throughout.  Most recently, she has upgraded her decades of experience to align with the digital age through two years of intensive research on the next generation of leadership – code named Leadership 3.0, which identifies what will separate the winners and the losers in the digital age.

Throughout her career, Kate has worked with clients in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Middle East, and North America. She has consulted in many industries, including hi-tech, pharmaceuticals, biotech, oil & gas, publishing, financial services, telecommunications and real estate.   Select global clients include: HP Enterprise, Goldman Sachs, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), ICICI Securities, Verizon, Citigroup, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, Shire, ABK Bank of Kuwait/Egypt, British Petroleum, Telekom Malaysia, Citibank Malaysia, and Astro. She and her team won the ASTD Award for the Leadership Development Program Demonstrating Highest Practical Impact for their work at Verizon.

Kate lived and worked in Malaysia from 2011 to 2014, where she served as director of Research and Curriculum at Iclif, a commercial leadership development firm sponsored by Bank Negara.
In addition to her corporate work, Kate has also devoted her energies to helping to develop young people.  She created and ran a leadership development program for girls in Milton High School (where her girls went to high school).  She was on the faculty of iLive2Lead, a program for developing leadership in girls in the developing world.  In that role, she worked with high school aged girls in Chennai, India. For ten years, Kate was a mentor to graduate students from the developing world at MIT’s Legatum Center for Entrepreneurship.  Her inspiration for her work with young people is her own experience in being mentored and coached by teachers in her high school while growing up.  Among other benefits, that support encouraged and enabled her to become the first student from her small town to have the honor to go to Yale University, which she believes has provided a strong base for her life. She knows what a difference great teachers and great mentors can make to the lives of young people.

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 and NextGen leadership that will separate the winners and losers in the Age of Disruption. She co-authored with Ulrich and Smallwood “Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead By,” now in 15 languages (over 60,000 copies sold).

Kate has blogged for FastCompany and written for Sloan Management Review. She has keynoted in over 28 countries. Her work has been featured in HBR.org. Success, Huffington Post, Canadian Business Journal, Entrepreneur, CEO Magazine, Quality Digest, Times of India and National Law Review.

She graduated with a BA in English from Yale and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She resides in London.