The business case for investing in the professional advancement of women has been proven.
As organizations now search for measurable solutions to increase the representation of women in their leadership forces, many are leaning in to the idea of sponsorship – but most have yet to figure out how to implement it successfully. On June 21st , we’ll help demystify the concept and demonstrate successful sponsorship in action by shining a spotlight on three organizations that are leading the way and their involvement with the #gosponsorher program that is sweeping across corporate Canada.
Joining us for the Season Finale of the Women of Influence Luncheon Series is a panel of industry leaders and #gosponsorher champions who will share their unique insights and expertise on how to make sponsorship work in your organization:
- Lili Ibarra, Chief Financial Officer of AMEX Bank of Canada, is not only a champion for creating an environment where sponsorship thrives, but has first-hand experience with the benefits: Lili started her career with American Express twenty years ago as a call centre representative in Mexico and credits the sponsorship bonds with male and female role models as a significant factor in her journey through the ranks to the C-Suite role she now holds.
- Tanya van Biesen is Executive Director of Catalyst Canada, the leading global non-profit working to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion and founding partner of the #gosponsorher initiative. As a recognized influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector at the most senior levels of corporate Canada, Tanya has over two decades of industry research to share on why sponsorship is so effective in advancing women.
- Erick Vandeweghe, Partner, National Technology Consulting Leader at Deloitte Canada, has not only embraced the #gosponsorher initiative personally, but has helped roll out the program across his entire practice. As a senior consultant with over 18 years at Deloitte, Erick has sharp insights on how to get a large national organization to invest in the concept of sponsorship and engage teams to participate.
This discussion is a turning point. Join us to learn how sponsorship works - and how to make it work for you. Our thought leaders will weigh in on:
- The difference between sponsorship and mentorship
- How sponsorship has been proven to impact the performance of an organization
- How to get leadership buy-in and implement a sponsorship program across departments – or throughout a national organization
- Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of a sponsor and sponsee
- Tackling the taboos and getting to task
- What makes an effective one-on-one sponsorship and how to measure its success
If you are in leadership or human resources and interested in accessing a proven business case for sponsorship, or an emerging leader looking for opportunities and insights to engage with a sponsor and advance your career, this conversation will leave you inspired and prepared to take the next step.