Monday, July 29

10:25 am - 11:10 am

In 2014, Google’s People Development department noticed some concerning results from the company’s annual survey, Googlegeist. Women senior leaders were reporting low wellbeing when compared with their male counterparts. The trend was across the board, and People Development decided to do something about it. The team created a leadership course for women — Sustaining High Performance for Women — and piloted it with about 20 women leaders. The results were astounding. Not only did wellbeing scores increase, but so did scores related to retention, innovation and belonging. That’s when we knew we had something. Today, we’ve reached nearly 300 senior women leaders at Google with this course and have evolved the content over time to meet the challenges that Google’s female leaders face today, and in the future.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Why traditional wellbeing programs often fail to produce sustainable results.
  • How to create an environment where leaders can examine both their physical and emotional wellbeing, and interplay between these domains.
  • What you can do in your own organizations to raise the bar on leadership wellbeing through a variety of strategies.

Sarah Devereaux

Head of Strategic Initiatives, The Google School for Leaders

About Sarah Devereaux

As the Head of Strategic Initiatives for the Google School for Leaders, Sarah and her team are responsible for driving highly strategic, long-term initiatives that are focused on improving the overall experience of Google’s leaders with The School. Sarah’s depth of experience in operations, events, user experience, instructional design and facilitation makes her uniquely qualified to lead a team that’s focused on ensuring every experience our leaders have with the Google School for Leaders is exceptional.

Sarah is a proud Michigander and a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She joined Google in 2006 in the Ann Arbor office, and has spent the majority of her Google career leading teams in the learning and development space. She’s held a variety of positions over the years, including: internal product training, external agency training, certification, evaluation, instructional design and community building. Before joining the Google School for Leaders team, she led a program called “Googlers-to-Googlers,” or “g2g,” which is a volunteer teaching network that brings learning opportunities to tens of thousands of Google employees around the world, every year.