Leadership

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.

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.

Why You Need a Sponsor, Not Just a Mentor

August 20, 2018
There are mentors, and then there are sponsors. Both play critical roles in burgeoning careers, and yet a lot of people don't know the difference. By: Julia Carpenter

How to Turn a Mentor into a Sponsor

August 20, 2018
A step by step guide to turning a mentor into a sponsor. By: Natasha Koifman

Quotas Only Help One Type of Woman to Progress

July 30, 2018
The trend of publishing diversity figures is causing tech companies to recruit the same women again and again – falling into the ‘golden skirt’ trap. By: Harriet Minter