Sponsors vs. Mentors: What’s the Difference & Why It Matters

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Mentorships help professionals learn about their fields and roles from senior practitioners.  Mentors serve as advisors, helping mentees shape their ambitions and plans. Mentors are qualified to serve in this capacity because they have a general expertise relevant to the professional experience that they share with mentees. It isn’t necessary for mentors to work at the same company as those they mentor.

Economist, founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation Sylvia Ann Hewlett explains: “Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board – but they’re not

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