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Publisher's Summary

Who's pulling for you? Who's got your back? Who's putting your hat in the ring? Odds are this person is not a mentor but a sponsor. Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board - but they're not your ticket to the top.

If you're interested in fast-tracking your career, what you need is a sponsor - a senior-level champion who believes in your potential and is willing to advocate for you as you pursue that next raise or promotion.

In this powerful yet practical audiobook, economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett - author of 10 critically acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking Off-Ramps and On-Ramps - shows why sponsors are your proven link to success. Mixing solid data with vivid real-life narratives, Hewlett reveals the "two-way street" that makes sponsorship such a strong and mutually beneficial alliance. The seven-step map at the heart of this audiobook allows you to chart your course toward your greatest goals.

Whether you're looking to lead a company or drive a community campaign, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor will help you forge the relationships that truly have the power to deliver you to your destination.

©2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"Hewlett's book is full of smart advice, backed up by data, about the impact that a senior-level leader who acts as an advocate can have on others." ( Washington Post)

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Extremely easy to listen to

I was able to relate to a lot in this book. I often worried how I can propel my career. I will listen this book again...I'm encouraged but recognize how hard it's been to find a sponsor in corporate America as an African American woman.

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Game Changing

This is by far one of the best and most impactful books that I have read on ascending in the ranks of corporate America. It inspired me to call my very first sales manager at Xerox Corporation to let him know just how amazing of a SPONSOR and mentor he had to been to me and the other woman on his team.

It's too bad, that I did not realize what was really going on, how I was being singled out for more or what to do with the opportunity. It was my generation that was the first to come into corporate America en masse quite often into sales position. Our mothers wanted a singular thing for us and that was for us to be able to take care of ourselves.

If only this book had been around then. I remember my sales manager giving the 8 women on his team a Book that was groundbreaking in its time entitled "Games mother never taught you corporate gamesmanship for women."

I have already shared this book with several women, and I promise to take this information and share it with as many women and minority's as will listen.

Thank you for writing this book. It will forever change my one on one coaching practice.

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Started well... ended with advice mostly for women only

Good overall message. Not enough info on how to reciprocate sponsors. Last few chapters focused too much on advice for women.

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Misleading title, focuses on women and minorities

This was a huge struggle to finish.

I was initially excited about all the stories of powerful women and "professionals of color", until I realized that was *every* example. The data felt misrepresented and often times anything having to do with white males was simply omitted.

In addition, the narrator, while incredible clear, felt better suited for something like a commercial, and the accents were a little distracting. Nothing against her, but didn't help this story.

This was a huge struggle to finish.

I was initially excited about all the stories of powerful women and "professionals of color", until I realized that was *every* example. The data felt misrepresented and often times anything having to do with white males was simply omitted.

In addition, the narrator, while incredible clear, felt better suited for something like a commercial, and the accents were a little distracting. Nothing against her, but didn't help this story.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful