Keri Dixon was an MBA student at Stanford University when she heard about a recruiting program by Alpine Investors that was generating a buzz on campus. Instead of offering the same junior roles as other recruiters, Alpine’s program offered the opportunity to become a chief executive officer within a few years after getting their MBA.
The luncheon she attended about the program was standing-room only. After being selected CEO-in-Training at Alpine, Dixon landed her first CEO job at Wilson Language Training in 2022, just a five years after getting her MBA.
Keri Dixon, CEO of Wilson Language Training, was mentored under the Alpine Investors CEO-in-Training (CIT) program that makes the coveted job emphasizes attributes instead of experience.
Dixon credits Alpine’s emphasis on attributes of candidates in its selection process for its CEO-in-Training (CIT) program for opening up opportunities to women and people of color to be considered for top management jobs. “It creates a wider pool than just the people who have climbed up in other organizations,” Dixon told MarketWatch. “Diversity is tied to better performance.” Launched in 2015, the Alpine Investors CEO-in-Training program has hired former consultants, professional athletes, military pilots and professional dancers. Nearly 50% of the CIT alumni are women, well below the roughly 10% of female executives at S&P 1,500 companies. As of Dec. 31, 2021, the CIT graduates that became CEOs include 14 women and 13 people from underrepresented groups.
Graham Weaver, founder and CEO of Alpine Partners
Graham Weaver, founder and CEO of Alpine Investors, said the Alpine CIT program has been the No. 1 most-applied-to job among grad …