Society, Arts & Culture

Why Women Lawyers Need Sponsors, Not Just Mentors

September 03, 2018

Mentoring in the legal profession is not new. For women lawyers, in particular, mentors can be invaluable sources of guidance on everything from the nuts and bolts of the practice to work/life balance strategies. Many firms have formal mentoring programs for associates, pairing them with a partner or senior associate who can help them develop their skills as lawyers. Every young lawyer should seek out and develop a positive relationship with a mentor (and pay it forward to the next generation by becoming a mentor in the years ahead).

Sponsorship is an Important Key to Unlocking Women’s Career Potential

September 03, 2018

Did you know that …

There are more CEOs named John than female CEOs in total?

Just 2 per cent of venture-capital investment goes to women?

While we've made significant strides since the suffragettes of the early 1900s, we have ways to go. One way we can move the dial is through the power of sponsorship.

Sponsorship – often confused with but very different from mentorship – is one step beyond advocacy: It's someone being your champion, putting their reputation on the line for your career advancement.

Why Having A Sponsor Is Important For Women And How To Get One

September 03, 2018

Having the right sponsor can make a dramatic impact on your career advancement. It’s such a powerful relationship that I have included it in the political toolkit in my book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead. In fact, I call it the “Get Out of Jail Free Card”. Because just as this card gets you out of tough situations and propels you forward in Monopoly, a sponsor protects you and promotes you to win in the workplace.

Sponsorship: It's Not Who You Know, But Who Knows You

August 30, 2018

We all know how important mentoring is to career success. Yet having a sponsor is even more critical to advancement in the workplace. What exactly is a sponsor? And how do they differ from mentors?

According to Catalyst research, a mentor is usually someone outside your current organisation who provides career direction and advice, helps to identify opportunities, and offers feedback and support.

Women's Powerful Weapon: Sponsors

August 30, 2018

What do Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, Chita Rivera, Abigail Adams, and Susan B. Anthony have in common? They all received a crucial career boost from another woman.

Throughout history, it's always been true that connections count. Today, as women around the world increasingly move into positions of power in politics and in the workplace, they are learning that one connection in particular is the springboard to success: sponsorship.

Mentors Are Good. Sponsors Are Better

August 30, 2018

As Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook tells it, what accounts for her spectacular leap to leadership is her unfettered embrace of career opportunity. By “leaning in,” she maintains in her new book, she has been able to join the male-dominated ranks of corporate executives.

Why Women Need Mid-Career Mentors

August 27, 2018
The trials and benefits of seeking a mid-career mentor. By: Julia Carpenter

Mentorship vs. Sponsorship, And How To Maximize Both

August 20, 2018
Louise Pentland, senior vice president, general counsel, and company secretary at PayPal clarifies the difference between mentorship and sponsorship, and provides advice for maximizing both.