Doing good work and getting on with colleagues are - of course - solid steps towards getting promoted. But you should not rely solely on your employer to create a career that works for you. In this webinar with Fiona McDonnell and Dr Monique Valcour, we investigate the proactive steps we can all take to increase our chances of securing a new internal role.

 We are pleased to partner with SensibleMedia and offer alumni discounted tickets for these online webinars. Cranfield Discounted tickets are £14.95. Please book your ticket here.


Programme & speakers

In this panel webinar, we investigate the proactive steps we can all take to increase our chances of securing a new internal role.

We will discuss:

  • What research shows about who gets promoted
  • How to get the feedback you need
  • How to recruit supporters (including managers, mentors and sponsors)
  • How to create visibility (and why it matters)
  • How to reverse engineer the promotion process
  • Why a belief in meritocracy may be holding you back.

Finally - if you don’t like any of the current roles in your organisation - we will discuss how you can go about creating a new role for yourself. This is one of the most promising routes to a satisfying career and much easier than most people realise.

Fiona McDonnell
Fiona McDonnell is the author of Two Mirrors and a Cheetah and is vice president of global partner services at She has more than 30 years' experience with global companies like Amazon, Nike, Kellogg's, McCormick and Kraft and is a professional mentor and STEM Ambassador. She is a graduate of INSEAD and Cambridge University (Engineering) and she speaks regularly on the topic of careers. She was voted diversity leader of the year at the 2019 Tech Leaders Awards.

Monique Valcour
Monique Valcour is a professor of management and executive coach for the United Nations, London Business School and the European School of Management and Technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and M.S. and PhD degrees from Cornell University. In her research, teaching, and speaking she focuses on helping companies and individuals craft high-performance, meaningful jobs, careers, workplaces, and lives. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Harvard Business Review where she writes about issues like defining career success, developing employees and job crafting.

Location & travel details


Who should attend

All alumni interested in this subject area.

Cost & concessions

Cranfield Discounted tickets are £14.95. Please book your ticket here. (use code "cran-disc" if discounted ticket does not show)