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Anna Marie Valerio - The Role of Men in Developing Women Leaders

  • NYU Wasserman Center 133 E 13th St New York, NY 10003 (map)

Please join us for an interactive session conducted by Anna Marie Valerio in which she will help us to understand and answer the questions: “What is the role of men in developing women leaders?” and “What are the leader behaviors that foster gender inclusiveness in organizations?”

Men have a critical role to play as agents of change in women’s leadership.  Many organizations have “male champions” for talented women, that is, men who are known informally through the organization for advancing women leaders and valuing diversity in the leadership pipeline.  But what are the most effective behaviors of male champions that are supportive of women’s career advancement and an inclusive workplace?  How are these male behaviors identified and described by female leaders in their organizations?  What can be learned from the actions and behaviors of successful male and female leaders that may result in diversity in leadership pipelines and improved organizational performance?

Join us for this interactive session as Anna Marie shares qualitative results from ongoing research with senior male and female leaders in Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations, done in collaboration with Katina Sawyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Villanova University.  

Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D. is a consultant specializing in executive coaching and leadership development and a published author and writer. President of Executive Leadership Strategies, LLC, Anna Marie’s areas of expertise include executive coaching, women’s leadership, team leadership, performance management and gender inclusiveness in organizations.

Anna Marie’s broad background includes experience working with hundreds of senior executives in a wide variety of Fortune 500 organizations across many industry sectors, including technology, insurance, financial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, consumer products, fashion, and professional services.  Special strengths include accelerating the development of senior leaders as they grow into more complex global roles.  Her current research centers on male champions for female leaders and leaders in STEM.

Focusing on helping men and women improve their working relationships, Anna Marie’s book, Developing Women Leaders: A Guide for Men and Women in Organizations, was published in 2009 by Wiley/Blackwell. Her prior book, co-authored with Robert J. Lee, is Executive Coaching: A Guide for the HR Professional.  Published in 2005 by Wiley, it is a best-practice roadmap to using coaching for talent management in organizations.

Her corporate experience includes working in IBM with the CEO’s direct reports and their teams to build worldwide leadership capability. Prior to joining IBM, Anna Marie directed the Organizational Effectiveness function in Sony Electronics, Inc., where she was responsible for talent management initiatives, including coaching. At Verizon, she led teams with responsibility for designing and implementing selection tests and assessments, employee opinion surveys, and multi-rater feedback surveys.

Dr. Valerio is a licensed psychologist and a member of The Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, The NY Metropolitan Association for Applied Psychology, and The Society of Consulting Psychology.  Anna Marie is a frequent speaker at professional conferences.  Articles by Anna Marie have been published in Harvard Business Review,, Bloomberg, Business Horizons, and SHRM’s HR People + Strategy.

For further information see her website,