President & CEO, Manulife
Executive Director, Catalyst Canada
“When you sponsor a woman in her career, you are giving her access to networks and opportunities that will propel her success forward. You are investing in her career, but also in her momentum upward to the C-suite and the boardroom. Her success will be your success.”
Managing Partner & Chief Executive, Deloitte Canada
“Research shows that women are over-mentored and under-sponsored. We need more men and women serving as sponsors—not just talking to women about their careers, but leaning in on an unprecedented scale, putting their personal leadership on the line to support top female talent. Sponsorship is a critical enabler of women’s rise to equality in leadership positions. It will take courage—but we need to unite to include, to advance women and build a more prosperous country.”
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
“Sponsorship is the best accelerator for talent. It goes beyond mentorship to proactively create leadership opportunities for women. I was sponsored myself by 3 women as a young consultant and this was crucial in giving me a great start at McKinsey in New York almost 30 years ago. I’m a very proud member of the #GoSponsorHer movement. It’s another terrific way to ‘pay forward’ the great sponsorship I received years ago. It’s a simple, practical way to build more momentum behind this terrific cause.”
“All successful leaders and executives have benefitted from having a more experienced leader sponsor them–devoting time, and sharing their network and ideas to help their sponsoree succeed. Many high potential women, for whatever reason, do not have active sponsors. Let’s do something to close that gap!
I challenge all of you to find an opportunity to sponsor a high potential woman — be part of the #GoSponsorHer movement and make a difference.”
Founder, Free the Children; Me to We
Founder, CEO and Chairman, Mattamy Homes
Senior Managing Director, BlackRock Inc.
“Sponsorship of women is important to me because my business relies on talent. If we don’t have access to the best and the brightest from across the entire population, we are not doing our job for our clients and shareholders. Getting more high potential woman on the track to success is critical to the long-term success of my enterprise.”