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What Does It Mean to be a Strong Woman?

Posted by Carol Seymour on Nov 24, 2020 10:00:00 AM

I came across an old magazine article over the weekend. You may not remember her name, but you likely remember seeing photos of the young female surfer competing without an arm. Bethany Hamilton was 13 when she lost her arm in a shark attack while surfing in Kauai. After losing 2/3 of her blood, her future was uncertain. Yet 24 days after the attack, Bethany was back on a surfboard. Two years later, she was a national champion.

Bethany’s mindset – her ability to focus on what she could do and what was possible instead of the obstacles and challenges – kept her moving forward. I was struck by the words Bethany gave the interviewer: “My passion for surfing outweighed my fear of sharks. I dreamed of surfing competitively and the loss of my arm didn’t stop that dream.”*

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Topics: Sponsorship, Women in Business, Intentional Mindset

“K” is for: Know that you benefit – you get as much as you give.

Posted by Carol Seymour on May 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

We can all agree that sponsoring talented people into leadership roles is good for the business and good for your sponsorees, but as a sponsor, how do you benefit? Choosing to be a sponsor is a commitment, requiring significant investment on your behalf. But if you choose to take on this important role, know that you will benefit more than you thought possible.

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Topics: Sponsorship, Women in Business

“R” is for: Respect her authentic style of leadership

Posted by Carol Seymour on Apr 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Leadership is both a privilege and a responsibility. When leaders commit to developing others, their goal should be to bring the unique gifts of that individual to the forefront. It’s not about trying to lead them on your same career path, but to help them find their own inner compass to lead with. It’s about increasing their skills, adding your experience and perspective, and exposing them to opportunities they can’t see.

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Topics: Sponsorship, Women in Business

“A” is for: Affirm her potential as a leader

Posted by Carol Seymour on Apr 18, 2018 10:58:50 AM

The Korn Ferry Institute just released a wonderful report, called “Women CEOs Speak,” where they surveyed 57 women CEOs about their paths to leadership. One finding that struck me was:

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Topics: Sponsorship, Women in Business

“P” is for: Provide access to your powerful network

Posted by Carol Seymour on Apr 10, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Good leaders look behind them and create opportunities to develop rising stars. For those just hearing about TWOthroughYOU, join other leaders in making a commitment to sponsor two women to accelerate their careers. This is the second part of a five-part series on how to be a good Sponsor for these women. 

The acronym S.P.A.R.K., is a simple guideline of actions sponsors can take to accelerate the career of their sponsorees. 

Last week, we discussed the “S” in S.P.A.R.K., which stands for: Shine a light on your sponsoree and advocate on her behalf. If you missed that blog, you can check it out here. This week, our focus is on the letter “P”, which stands for: 

Provide access to your powerful network.


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Topics: Sponsorship, Women in Business

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