Sponsorship Is Critical, but Coaching and Mentoring Still Matter
“A coach talks to you. A mentor talks with you. A sponsor talks about you.” Either way, engaging in conversations is critical to getting ahead in the workplace.
Happy New Year! January is Mentoring Month. If you’ve been a long-time Catalyst supporter, you know that mentoring is a critical asset in the workplace and that sponsorship is increasingly more important for career development, access to hot jobs and board service. So if you’ve resolved to find a mentor and/or sponsor, or even be one of those yourself, read on.
Relationships are an important aspect of any work culture. Cultivating a strong network and ensuring you have advocates are critical steps for advancement and development—especially for women, who are often left out of more informal activities. Sponsors are often those individuals of influence who are talking about you when you’re not in the room and therefore critical for advancement opportunities.
Our Sponsorship Guide (also available in Japanese) details research, practices, and quotes from leaders about the importance of sponsorship relationships as well as actionable tips from Catalyst and leading organizations for developing and sustaining sponsorship programs globally.
Communication Skills for Bridging Divides
Communication is key in mentoring conversations, sponsorship discussions, and in just about every interaction we have. In today’s world, we’re increasingly going to school, working, and living in communities with people who think, look, and have beliefs different from our own. Learn how to bridge those divides and find common ground with this free skills-based online course. It takes just 45 minutes to discover the difference between dialogue, discussion, and debate as well as how to be an ally. Learn more and enroll.
Catalyst Women On Board™
This Catalyst initiative promotes the appointment of women to corporate boards by engaging CEOs and board chairs who are committed to improving board diversity, to mentor and sponsor CEO-endorsed women board candidates. Since 2007, more than 50% of Catalyst Women On Board™ alumnae have been appointed to corporate boards. Learn more.
Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner
Mentors and sponsors are leaders. But what does it mean to be an intentionally inclusive leader and what does one look like in this ever-changing landscape? Join us in NYC for our Catalyst Awards Conference and Dinner as we examine Leadership Redefined and celebrate 30 years of Catalyst Award-winning initiatives on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017. For all you loyal fans, note the new location: New York Hilton Midtown!