Company: Ingersoll Rand
Innovation: Ingersoll Rand Everest Program
Date Introduced: 2011
Award Recognition: Award of Excellence

Each year, Ingersoll Rand’s Everest Program brings together a group of twenty diverse employees to participate in a global, action-learning experience for upcoming leaders.

Began in 2011, program participants representing all functions of the company are divided into teams and commit 50 percent of their time for more than four months. A business leadership team selects global projects linked to Ingersoll Rand’s Industrial Technologies sector.

Teams complete most of their work virtually because of participants’ diverse geographic locations. There are three face-to-face sessions for the project, with one meeting held outside of the United States in a region most closely related to one of the projects. (Over the past three years, Everest participants have visited Shanghai and San Paulo.) At the end, teams present their final recommendations to Ingersoll Rand’s enterprise and sector leadership teams.

Participants build skills in project management, operational excellence, team management, business case creation, and presentation development and delivery. Throughout the program, Everest members receive coaching and feedback in a variety of forms including Myers Briggs assessments, 360 reviews, peer evaluations, and development dialogues with business leadership.