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This week I’m talking with Patrice Gordon about reverse mentorship, a practice that sets up a junior team member, often a member of an underrepresented group, to mentor senior staff. Patrice did a TED talk last fall on how reverse mentorship can help create better leaders, and I loved the approach. We talk through best practices and how to set up a program that provides psychological safety for individuals and for the organization.
Patrice Gordon is an Executive Coach and Personal Development advocate specializing in Inclusive Leadership, Reverse Mentoring and Women’s Development Programs. Her efforts on building an inclusive environment for all at Virgin Atlantic have been recognized internationally by Richard Branson & the TED leadership community.
She has a passion for helping people realize their potential which is what led her to developing a career in coaching. She is currently supporting two women-focused consortiums, which both aim to redress the gender balance in Travel, Hospitality and Leisure and more broadly across Aviation and Aerospace. She has coached leaders across FTSE 250 businesses and her commitment to helping others ‘be their best’ places her as one of the most astute Personal and Business Coaches in the field today.
Originally training as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, Patrice has developed both her Financial & Commercial acumen to rise expeditiously through the ranks. She now has over 12 years of experience at a senior level within the Commercial Airline & Logistics space across British Airways, Royal Mail, and now at Virgin Atlantic. She currently heads up the Joint Venture & Commercial Planning team at Virgin Atlantic.
Personally, Patrice loves exploring new cultures, diving in warm waters, cooking and eating great food. She attempts to maintain balance through reading, exercise (Peloton has been her lockdown addiction) and walking her beloved dog Charlie.
How Reverse Mentorship Can Create Better Leaders, Patrice Gordon, TED, The Way We Work, November 2020
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