There are plenty of women who are qualified to lead companies, but they will never get there if those ahead of them don’t take action to sponsor them. For the past 10 years, the gender gap in management levels has been relatively unchanged.
The spotlight is now brighter than ever on the lack of female leaders at all management levels. And there is a direct correlation between lack of sponsors and lack of women in leadership.
Mentors provide great advice, but Sponsors push you forward and pull you up to the next level by advocating on your behalf. Women are over mentored, but they are under sponsored. That’s because you can pick your mentors, but sponsors pick you.
Instead of waiting for the change, each of us can take action and make a powerful difference. Every leader. Every level. Every industry.
We can all make an impact. You can be part of the solution.
About Carol Seymour
Global Executive, Speaker, Author of Wisdom Warriors, and Founder of Signature Leaders and TWOthroughYOU
Carol Seymour is a sought after business leader and catalyst for growth. As an executive advisor to businesses and executives around the globe, she has a passion for helping leaders perform at maximum potential in their professions and lives.
In 2013, Carol found her true passion in coaching and developing female executives to be the future leaders in companies around the world. At the request of a dozen C-suite executives – who still had a gender diversity challenge despite their best efforts – she created Signature Leaders. She designed the curriculum, experience, and network based on her noteworthy track record navigating roles in operations, strategy, sales, and marketing with large global enterprises, PE-backed firms, and high-growth entrepreneurial ventures. Today, more than 100 market-leading companies use The Signature Program for investing in their key talent, including Cargill, Eastman Chemical, ADP, AholdDelhaize, Ingersoll Rand, Adecco, LinkedIn, Coca-Cola, Monsanto, UPS, Southern Company, ING, Hyatt, and more.
Carol’s book, Wisdom Warriors: Women with the Courage to be True to Themselves covers more than 200 stories and lessons of leadership AND life from amazing, accomplished executives. The book is being used by companies, coaches and executives to catalyze organizations to share stories. Carol’s emphasis on leaders developing future leaders shines through in her presentations and writings.
Carol is a Founding Member of Paradigm for Parity and uses Signature Leaders and TWOthroughYOU to do her part to address the gender gap in executive levels.