Attracting Sponsors and Mentors in a Hybrid World

Wednesday 17th August 2022 12:30pm to 1:30pm Add to my calendar
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A popular misnomer is the concept of having a sponsor OR a mentor. For many years, a sponsor or a mentor has been the ‘must have’ for any aspiring executive. But how do you obtain one? Who should it be and what will they do? Who is advocating for you on those crucial promotion panels?

Almost every key decision about your future career, including annual appraisal ratings and pay decisions will take place when you are not even in the room. To fulfil your career aspirations and potential, you will need both sponsors AND mentors. This may mean applying a variety of personal approaches to open up opportunities in this post-pandemic hybrid world. Once attained, you will need to form an agreement with your sponsor and mentor and control what you want them to do – ultimately, driving your desired career outcomes.

The GOOD FINANCE Framework (GFF) promotes the importance of facilitating advocates for high-achieving women and creating networking opportunities, which are central themes of this event. The GFF is a unique, action-focused framework that aims to create a better work environment for all employees and was launched to mark the end of the first year of the Accelerating Change Together (ACT) Research Programme. You can learn more about the ACT Research Programme and the GFF here.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the subtle yet significant difference between sponsors and mentors
  • Learn how to identify the sponsors and mentors you most need to fulfil your personal and career objectives
  • Discover how you can influence your progress towards attaining sponsor and mentor support in a hybrid world.


ABSTRACT specialises in improving business through people by creating and delivering award-winning Learning and Development programmes.

We work with clients in the UK, Ireland and internationally. We present at business events, conferences and expert forums on these topics, offering our experience, expertise and insight as speakers, hosts or panel members.

ABSTRACT won External Learning Solution of the Year at The 2021 Learning Awards from The Learning and Performance Institute. Our career management development programme, ACCELERATE, won the Diversity Initiative of the Year at the 2019 Women in Finance Awards in Ireland and was a finalist in 2019 for Best Diversity and Inclusion Programme at the Training Journal Awards.

Our non-executive Director, Sue Liburd MBE, was Champion of Inclusion at the 2019 Inclusive Companies Awards and IOD Director of the Year, Midlands Region, for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In 2020, as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, ABSTRACT was recognised as a ‘Friend of WIBF’ for being a true advocate, supporter and champion of their work to bring a gender lens to UK financial services.

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