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Business Leaders Assert “Sponsorship Matters” If Women Want to Get Ahead


Business Leaders Assert “Sponsorship Matters” If Women Want to Get Ahead

Companies have spent millions of dollars and invested significant time and budget to create diversity programs and even women’s networks, but time and again they are proving ineffective. Despite gains in middle and senior management, women hold just 3.6% percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions, according to research from Rebecca Shambough, Bentley Center for Women and Business’ executive partner and author of “It’s Not A Glass Ceiling, It’s A Sticky Floor.”

As organizations are increasingly looking to retain and advance talented women, the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University is answering the call and hosting Best Practices Forums - a series of events meant to engage thought leaders and business professionals from around the world and provide solutions for organizations to adopt a culture of inclusion in order to harness the full potential of current and future women leaders. These forums bring together high-level executives and experts and offer dynamic sessions with leadership practitioners that include hands-on learning exercises and case studies for all attendees.

This semester’s Best Practices Forum will focus on how to create effective programs to advance women by asserting that “Sponsorship Matters” and will take place Tuesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the LaCava Conference Center on the Bentley campus. Sessions will include:

  • Moving From Conversation to Action: Sponsorship Matters – The Facts About Sponsorship and Its Impact for Men, Women and Organizations
  • The Difference Between Mentorship and Sponsorship
  • Case Study: A Five Step Model for Setting the Foundation and Implementing Sponsorship for Sustainable Results
  • The “How To’s” for Mastering the Role of a Sponsor or Protégée
  • Organizational Best Practices on Sponsorship

For more information or to register for this event, please visit the Center for Women and Business website or contact Elisa Vincent at or (781) 891-2306.


BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduate, 82 part-time undergraduate, 1,000 graduate and 24 doctoral students. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the country. The Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges Guide names Bentley number one in the nation for career services and internship opportunities. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.


by Meredith Mason  January 31, 2017

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