The pilot project of the Leadership Program for Women Leaders [In]Visible Power, organized by Rosatom Corporate Academy, has been completed. Thirty-eight line managers of subsidiaries and organizations of Rosatom were the participants.
This is the first program to develop the leadership potential of women from the nuclear industry, developed based on research data and the human-centricity approach. A research by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, presented in March 2023, showed that the nuclear industry had developed a gender imbalance. Thus, according to the data from 17 countries of the world, including Russia, women make up 25% of the employees in the nuclear industry (32% in Russia), and only 18% of them occupy leadership positions. Survey participants believe that the key barriers to career growth consist of gender stereotypes (noted by 57% of respondents), corporate culture features (53%), the inability to fully combine work and family responsibilities (63%), as well as the inability to use social connections to build a career, as is customary in men (45%). An educational ecosystem was formed in the design of the [in]Visible Power program. It helps the participants overcome those barriers and succeed in the industry which has traditionally be considered a “male” one.
"By implementing the project [in]Visible Power, we sought to test various tools and methods to support women in the industry, assess their impact, and understand what kind of support female managers need," says Tatyana Terentyeva, Deputy Director General for HR of Rosatom. "Based on the results of the program, a set of tools has been formed that allow us to reveal the leadership and creative potential of our leaders more effectively. They will be included in leadership programs."
The program lasted four months. It combined online and offline formats, and was designed at three interdependent levels: personal, communication, and working ones. For this purpose, the program included various mechanisms for both individual support (coaching sessions, meetings with mentors, running a sustainability marathon) and team work (webinars with experts, masterminds, team coaching, cinemalogy – discussion of gender-related films).
The [in]Visible Power program helped the participants increase confidence in their competencies and skills, learn to manage their emotional state better, build effective communication strategies, push the boundaries, and upsurge business activity. At the end of the program, the participants became its co-producers and took over the organization of a number of activities. Following the project, a community of female leaders was formed. Its majority became program ambassadors.
The pilot project of the program was recognized as successful and got approved for scaling across the industry. The first program graduates are ready to participate in the implementation of a new milestone of the women's leadership program.