Sponsors vs Mentors

Posted October 14, 2011 from Kenya

I just read an interesting article on women leadership that refers to a study bY Catalysts which points out that sponsorship may in fact be the single most critical strategy for accelerating a woman’s career.

According to the article mentors are the friendly guides who dispense helpful information, offering up input and advice to mentees. Sponsors, on the other hand, are defined by their organizational clout and ability to open doors; they will personally advocate for a cause, project or promotion on a protégé’s behalf.

You can read the full news article here http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/women-and-the-troub...

Access the report by Catalyst - Sponsoring Women to Success here http://catalyst.org/publication/485/sponsoring-women-to-success

So what does a women need most - A sponsor or an advocate? I think both!

What do you think?

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  • Jenna Kellam
    Oct 15, 2011
    Oct 15, 2011

    I agree that both is ideal but might not always happen. Thank you for sharing the article.


  • Okeny-Lucia
    Oct 21, 2011
    Oct 21, 2011

    Missin you dear sister,have been up and down.Great hearing from you. I can say my professional progression has been largely from sponsors who have at the same time been advocates for women career development.Having been a recipient of a grant from the Aga Khan Development Network.My life changed for the better and have been their Ambassador for nurses to continue with higher learning.Check out the AKUNAMA Newsletter online from 2008,there are articles in my honor. Looking forward to read more from you. Good day