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Sponsorship vs Mentorship

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Studies have shown that women (and nonbinary folks) are over-mentored, but under-sponsored.

My husband is great at sponsorship, I’m proud to see him be such an advocate for the women on his team. I don’t really do much of either – I’ve done informational interviews with people starting out which is more mentorship. When we’ve had interns I have done lots of training with them and given them opportunities to gain experience, which might be more like sponsorship 🤷‍♀️

Regardless, this is a good reminder to be cognizant of the ways we try to be allies, especially if I’m able to move to a higher level myself where I have more influence.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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