Beyond the boys’ network (Guest commentary)

Sponsoring women (and business) makes most sense
By Deborah Gillis
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/10/2011

Why are employers from CH2M Hill to Deutsche Bank to Citibank adopting formal programs to foster sponsorship of high-potential employees?

Because it’s good for business. Sponsorship has long been a staple of corporate culture: A senior executive spots a talented protegé and ensures he receives the opportunity to demonstrate ability and grow into leadership. The sponsor helps him navigate corporate politics and etiquette and advises him on how to successfully manoeuvre through complex situations, especially at management level. Typically, sponsors and protegés share similar backgrounds and interests.

But that’s changing, as corporations seek to reflect the diversity of their marketplace in senior management and recognize the power of sponsorship in achieving that goal.