Women more than happy to ‘pay it forward’

Leaders who are sponsored more likely to help develop others: Catalyst report
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/25/2012

In her career, Carol Stephenson has both mentored and sponsored others and been mentored and sponsored herself. There’s a real benefit to helping others, a feeling of accomplishment along with obligation, said the dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont.

“If you care about the issue, it feels great to get results so if you get results, you want to do it again,” said Stephenson. “You have seen how it has benefited you, if you’ve been sponsored so, therefore, you’ve seen how it works… so you’re probably more likely to want to do that for somebody else.”

That kind of attitude is mirrored in a study released by Catalyst, an organization dedicated to building inclusive environments and expanding opportunities for women at work.