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What if you had a mentor who could help to pave the way for your success?

When paired with the kind of mentor who understands an employee's goals and aspirations in life, success is on the horizon. Mentors can help provide confidence to other employees when approaching senior leadership. And in some cases, employees with mentors are even more likely to pursue top executive positions — this is especially true for women. Therefore, women who are striving for specific leadership roles can benefit from mentor relationships.

The graphic below can help to identify ways in which mentorships could benefit your career and help you take the steps necessary in finding and building your ideal mentor relationship. Your career future is waiting.

How Women in the Workforce Can Find the Ideal Mentor

Women-owned businesses employ 9.2 million people and generate $1.8 trillion in revenue.1 That said, employees with sponsors are 1.4 times more likely to say they've had a meaningful interaction with a senior leader and 1.5 times more likely to aspire to be a top executive themselves — and this is especially true for women.2

Did You Know?

  • 65% of women who have been mentored will go on to become mentors themselves
  • 67% of women rate mentorships as highly important in career advancement
  • 63% report that they've never had a mentor3

Benefits of a Mentorship

Mentorships can:

  • Shift Mindsets: Help women on the rise see themselves as leaders when they see other women succeeding.
  • Define and Articulate Career Goals: Provide a safe space to discuss career ambitions and strategize on how to ask for what you want in the workplace.
  • Build Support Networks: Discuss business challenges and share advice with other women.
  • Boost Accountability: Help set goals and track progress, determine what acts as a "stall" in women's careers and learn how to move forward.

How to Find a Mentor

  • Look Beyond Existing Relationships: While a mentor may be found in the workplace, you can also look to a service organization, community group or professional association.
  • Choose a Mentor from a Different Industry: A little professional distance helps to minimize any hierarchical pressure of having a mentor who holds a senior position in your department.
  • Find a Mentor with Complementary Experience: Compatibility is important, but access to new skills, ideas and resources matters more.
  • Determine What You Want in a Mentor: Having a specific vision of what you want from your mentorship can inspire your choice of mentor to say "yes" when you ask.

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