Sponsoring Women to Success

Research by Heather Foust-Cummings, Sarah Dinolfo and Jennifer Kohler, 16 MAR 2017

While mentoring is essential for leadership development, it is insufficient for advancing to top levels. Recent research has pointed to a more influential and specific professional relationship: sponsorship. Lately, organizations and the media have given sponsorship widespread attention, but questions abound. 

Sponsoring Women to Success addresses many of these questions and clarifies what sponsorship is—and isn’t—based on the experiences of people well-positioned to provide answers: executives acting as sponsors and high-performing employees currently being sponsored. The report also presents data, practices, and participant insights that provide actionable advice on how to foster sponsorship within organizations.

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