Sponsorship is when leaders or people in power actively advocate for employees from underrepresented demographics. While white men often thrive in our current structure due to tiresome and exclusionary rituals such as the boys’ club, marginalized groups do not. Sponsorship aims to right that power imbalance bu actively lifting up employees without such privilege and helping them network and make the right connections need to advance their careers.
Sponsors in leadership roles are both allies and cheerleaders, and their support really works. one study from PayScale showed that people who have a sponsor are paid 11.6 percent more than those who don’t.