Women Executives Forum: Take Flight with the Right Sponsor

Women Executives Forum: Take Flight with the Right Sponsor

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Jul 21, 2021 - Jul 21, 2021


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



United States

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The Women Executives Forum explores the challenges and opportunities facing women executives in the C-suite. As one of the 41 Drivers of Change in ForesightWorks, “Empowered Women” is a significant area of development and programmatic priority for ASAE. Through the Women Executives Forum, ASAE explores and acts on our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion in general, and the achievement of gender parity in association leadership specifically.

Women Executives Forum workshops throughout 2021 will feature notable speakers from the association, nonprofit, and public sectors. Following each thought-provoking presentation, participants will join facilitated small group discussions to explore topics in depth with their peers.

Supporting other women in their leadership journeys has been identified as a top priority by C-Suite leaders. To that end, the 2021 Women Executives Forum has been designed to facilitate this important process. C-Suite participants are encouraged to invite one “mentee” to join the program. Upon registration, they will be provided with a discounted registration code for their “plus one”. Mentees will participate in parallel cohort discussions following each session, providing for unique perspectives to bring back and explore with their mentor.

Please join us for session six, Take Flight with the Right Sponsor.

While a mentor speaks with you and shares from their invaluable learning, a sponsor speaks about you behind closed doors and champions you to others. Sponsors have a dramatic influence on an individual’s career advancement, company succession plans and elevating diverse leaders. As Twomentor Founder and CEO Julie Kantor says, “the hiring room is often not a meritocracy. Every successful candidate in that room has a champion speaking up for them.” Unfortunately, not all high potential employees have equitable access to sponsors and most leaders mentor and sponsor in their own likeness.

Research from Mckinsey, the Center for Talent Innovation, the Boston Consulting Group have all shown that people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals and other under-represented groups often lack sponsors. Formal sponsorship programs engineer and ensure access to internal champions for high potential employees. Simultaneously, these initiatives also help executives build their leadership skills and living legacies.

Join us for this important discussion to discuss strategies for adding sponsorship to your association leadership agenda.

Registration for this workshop will close Wednesday, July 14th at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Participants will have access to recorded sessions, reference materials, and more for up to 30 days following the program.

Accessibility Features:

This program will be hosted via Zoom and will have captioning provided by Otter.ai.

During the program, the content leader will be utilizing breakout rooms for group work. Otter.ai captioning is not available in the breakout rooms. If you would like to request a live captioner to be available in the breakout room, please reach out to Courtney Peck

  • Speakers

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      Julie Kantor

      Julie Kantor is an ‘all-in’ roll-up your sleeves leader & social impact entrepreneur committed to building mentoring cultures to drive employee engagement and elevating women in the STEM workforce. Whether in a boardroom with executives or working with collaborative teams, Julie instills excitement, inspires commitment, and demonstrates an unwavering drive to help others succeed. Two adages Julie often shares with clients are “Mentor your Millennials or they will leave and find a company that will,” and “If you want more diversity, you need to mentor and sponsor more diversely.” In 2017 Julie stepped up as Co-Chair for Leadership Greater Washington Signature program and has chaired multiple conferences focused on women in the workforce, STEM, and entrepreneurship. Julie’s 5th start-up Twomentor, LLC, focuses on elevating women in STEM, and retaining a skilled diverse workforce, builds on Julie’s 24 years in workforce development and building movements including Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (former Executive Director 1992- 2012 of DC Region, Boston, National VP) and Million Women Mentors (team lead and Chief Partnership Officer). As a sought-after global speaker and connector, Julie is well networked to the national community of top business, academic, nonprofit, & government leaders. She has worked & consulted with clients such as: Cisco, Samsung, Tata (TCS), Intel, Sony, BP, Ernst & Young, The Federal Reserve Bank, The World Bank, American University’s Kogod School of Business, Anthem Inc., Barilla, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Stratasys, UPS and more (testimonials here). She recently gave a TEDx style presentation to 400 Millennials from 85 countries at the UN on social impact (speaking engagements and videos). Julie was honored by the White House in 2012 for her 20-year career in youth entrepreneurship education & as a SmartCEO (“15 Leaders We Admire” & Brava Hall of Fame for Women’s Leadership). She has been featured on CNN.com, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Forbes.com, Huffington Post Live, and AT & T Women Who Inspire. She is also the author of I Said Yes: Youth Entrepreneurship in America’s Schools (Gazelles Publishing) and numerous other publications including Million Women Mentors & BP’s 20 Hour Mentor Action Guide, The Mentor Road Trip™ Training Guide, Youth Entrepreneurship in America (The Aspen Institute). Julie is also a contributing author to Women in STEM: Realizing the Potential with Tata Consulting Services, has written for The Diplomatic Courier, and has been a Business and Tech Blogger for Huffington Post since 2012. She was born and raised in Washington DC, graduated from Sidwell Friends High School and Simmons College. 1994 Price-Babson Fellow and Leadership Greater Washington 2017. She loves to travel to Asia and Europe and spends her free time making jewelry, singing karaoke, swimming, watching Netflix, and having coffee with mentors and mentees CONTACT: [email protected]

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