Sponsorship/Mentoring

Sponsors are advocates in positions of authority who use their influence intentionally to help others advance, while mentors provide advice, feedback, and coaching. Both are important to advancement as employees navigate the workplace and earn opportunities for growth.

  • Catalyzing
    Why Helping Women Become Financially Savvy Is My Life’s Work

    You can’t be what you can’t see. It’s that simple.

    When I was in college, my father fell into a coma, suddenly leaving my mother to manage our family's finances alone. Lacking experience in this area, Mom was completely overwhelmed. I watched her struggle to find an advisor she could trust....

    August 20, 2015 by Elle Kaplan

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    Three Lessons From Three Years at Catalyst

    After three years of working at Catalyst, I’ve learned a lot about women in the workplace.

    My peers, especially other young women I know who are just starting out in their careers, are often surprised at the barriers they face or have seen other women face at work. These obstacles are especially...

    July 30, 2015 by Kerry Goodenow

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    Catalyst Connects: Vancouver

    Catalyst Canada presents a Catalyst Connects event in Vancouver featuring executive level women speakers. This series, which is sponsored by RBC, aims to bring high-potential women together with speakers considered to be powerful role models, and to provide an opportunity for participants to...

    Date & Time:

    29 September 2015

    4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PT


    Location:

    Vancouver, BC


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    Catalyst Connects: Toronto

    On September 10, Catalyst Canada and RBC proudly hosted Catalyst Connects in Toronto featuring Annette Verschuren, former President of Home Depot Canada and Asia, and eBay Canada’s Andrea Stairs. The event, facilitated by Alex Johnston, Catalyst Canada’s Executive Director, brought together an...

    Date & Time:

    10 September 2015


    Location:

    Toronto, ON


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    Europe Webinar: Live Q&A with Deutsche Bank & AXA: Sponsorship 2.0

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    Catalyst research has found that while mentoring is essential to leadership development, it is not enough, on its own, to help women advance. Our studies point to a more influential professional relationship: sponsorship.Sponsorship can help combat three key barriers to...

    Date & Time:

    28 May 2015

    14.00 - 15.00 CEST

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM UTC


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    Catalyst Europe Roundtable: From Mentoring to Sponsoring

    “A mentor talks with you. A sponsor talks about you.” Have you ever wondered what the difference between mentoring and sponsoring is and how mentors and sponsors can help women in their career? Well, here is the short answer: Sponsors are advocates in positions of authority who use their...

    Date & Time:

    20 May 2015

    14:00 - 17:00 CET


    Location:

    McDonald’s Deustchland Drygalski-Allee 51, 81477

    Munich, Germany


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    Profiles in Disruption: Why Mentorship is Key

    Some of the most prominent people have credited their success to mentors who have had an indelible influence on their lives. Oprah Winfrey confided in Maya Angelou when it came to navigating through life; Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg turned to Larry Summers for advice while she was at student  at...

    March 20, 2015 by Catalyst

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    Ask a Catalyst Expert: How to Get a Sponsor

    What is the difference between mentoring and sponsorship, and how can I get a sponsor?

    The best way to describe the difference is, “A mentor will talk with you, but a sponsor will talk about you.” A mentor will provide you with advice and guidance on your personal and professional development....

    February 2, 2015 by Anna Beninger

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    Top 7 Quotables From Our Catalyst Connects Series

    No career journey has ever followed a straight path; there are often unexpected twists and turns. Whether it’s deciding to make a complete career change, trying to balance your professional and personal lives, or figuring out how to advance within your organization, the road to success is far...

    January 22, 2015 by Catalyst

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    India Webinar: Advancing Women in Tech-Intensive Industries

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    Technology-intensive fields, such as high tech, oil and gas, and energy, have grown rapidly in the 21st century, far outstripping other industries.

    It’s no secret that women in tech roles in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—face significant challenges....

    Date & Time:

    19 August 2015