I've seen Joanna and Susie enthusiastically present their findings in several different settings over the past two years, but this Summit offered the unique opportunity to interact with other McKinsey and West Coast company leaders including the CMO of Wells Fargo, a brand I admire. They encouraged us to be of service to one another and have meaningful conversations while working on 'Connecting' in our small groups and in that spirit they had us begin by answering three questions:
- How are you feeling today?
- What motivated you to come to the Summit?
- What is your next big goal?
The rest of the day's activities focused on sponsorship, which is different from mentorship, and is something they've found in their research that women require if they want to reach top management. Sponsors are senior players who will stake their reputation on your behalf. While mentors offer informal advice and coaching, a good sponsor opens the doors of the promotion elevator and pushes a protégé through. I have been fortunate to have many client sponsors as a consultant, including some incredibly talented women executives, and I am grateful to each of them for giving me the opportunity to help them and their organizations reach new heights. I'm also grateful to McKinsey & Company and the fantastic women I had the pleasure of meeting at this event who inspired me to commit to sharing more of my thought leadership on this blog and to one day publish a book. Yes, that was my big goal and so you can understand why I'm feeling energized. I have a lot to accomplish! How are you feeling?