Mentors & Sponsors: How they help you succeed and why you need both

What’s the difference between having a mentor and a sponsor, and does it matter to your success? It turns out, it matters a lot. Both mentors and sponsors can play a critical role in your career, but the two aren’t interchangeable. While a mentor may guide you and help you gain the skills needed to make your next career move, a sponsor will be the one to advocate for you in meetings, help open the door for that promotion, and be your champion. In today’s environment and changing workforce, it’s critical as a woman to understand the distinctions between mentors and sponsors and how the two types of relationships can propel you forward. Developing and nurturing both types of relationships can be life-transforming and it doesn’t have to be hard; I’ll show you how! 

People and relationships are key.

Collaboration and authentic connection matters.

Who is in your circle?

If you’re interested in learning more, I have upcoming training on mentors and sponsors. In these interactive and engaging sessions, you will learn key distinctions between mentors and sponsors, and how and why these relationships are key to advancing women into leadership positions. You will also learn how to find and develop these types of relationships in your professional and personal lives, and how you can be a mentor and sponsor to others. Both roles are important and can be life-transforming; this session will help attendees understand how. These sessions will also give you:

  • Increased awareness and understanding about mentors and sponsors (what each of these typically do, the differences and benefits).
  • Increased visibility to sponsorship and its importance in advancing women in leadership.
  • Clear connection between a job/role you would like to get in the future and how mentors and sponsors can help you get there.
  • Clear idea of one possible mentor and one possible sponsor to develop relationships with (on handout).
  • Understanding of how to get a mentor / how not to get a mentor, how sponsorships are most often developed, and how to develop and nurture these relationships to help advance your own growth and career.
  • Understanding of what it means to be sponsor-ready, introductory understanding of how a strong personal brand can help.
  • Encouragement and inspiration to apply the knowledge from the session in your own life, as well as share it to help other women advance, too.

When you equip and empower yourself or your team to develop and nurture mentor and sponsor relationships, it puts you in the drivers seat of your own career and paves the way for more diverse leadership by creating:

  • Increased awareness and understanding about mentors and sponsors (what each of these typically do, the differences and benefits).
  • Increased visibility to sponsorship and its importance in advancing women in leadership.
  • Clear connection between a job/role they would like to get in the future and how mentors and sponsors can help them get there.
  • Clear idea of one possible mentor and one possible sponsor to develop relationships with (on handout).
  • Understanding of how to get a mentor / how not to get a mentor, how sponsorships are most often developed, and how to develop and nurture these relationships to help advance their own growth and career.
  • Understanding of what it means to be sponsor-ready, introductory understanding of how a strong personal brand can help.
  • Encouragement and inspiration to apply the knowledge from the session in their own lives, as well as share it to help other women advance, too.

Inquire about upcoming sessions by sending me a note here!