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CANCELLED - Sylvia Ann Hewlett on "The Sponsor Effect: How to be a Better Leader by Investing in Others"

4:30-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm book talk

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Speaker Series | Initiative for Women in Business

Date: Thursday May 28, 2020 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Author of 17 Harvard Business Review Articles and 16 Acclaimed Books

Topic: "The Sponsor Effect: How to be a Better Leader by Investing in Others" (by Sylvia Ann Hewlett for Harvard Business Review Press, 2019)
Venue: Desautels Hall, (Second Floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $38.99 plus HST per person (includes 1 hardcover copy of "The Sponsor Effect" and 1 seat for the talk)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: Many people know the benefit of finding a sponsor--someone who goes beyond traditional mentorship to partner with a junior-level employee to help build their skills, advocate for them when opportunities arise, and open doors. But few realize that being a sponsor is just as important to career growth as finding one.

According to new research from economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett, senior executives who sponsor rising talent are 53 percent more likely to be promoted than those who don't. Similarly, middle-level managers who have proteges are 167 percent more likely to be given stretch assignments. Well-chosen proteges contribute stellar performance, steadfast loyalty, and capabilities that you, the sponsor, may lack, thus increasing how fast and how far you can go.

But how do you find standout proteges, let alone develop them so that they're able to come through for you and your organization?

This book has the answers you need. Combining powerful new data and rich examples drawn from in-depth interviews with leaders from companies such as Unilever, Aetna, Blizzard Entertainment, and EY, The Sponsor Effect provides a seven-step playbook for how you can become a successful sponsor. You'll learn to:

  • Identify the right mix of proteges
  • Include those with differing perspectives
  • Inspire your proteges and ignite their ambition
  • Instruct them to develop key skill sets
  • Inspect your picks for performance and loyalty
  • Instigate a deal, detailing the terms of a relationship
  • Invest three ways and reap the rewards

Along the way, you'll discover the enormous benefits of investing in these valuable relationships


Sylvia Ann Hewlett is an economist and the CEO of Hewlett Consulting Partners. She is also the founder and Chair Emeritus of the Center for Talent Innovation. In her scholarship and consultancy work Hewlett has focused on the “value of difference” and the challenges and opportunities faced by women, people of color, LGBT employees and other previously excluded groups.  She has forged a signature style of enquiry which blends hard data and rigorous analysis with in-depth story-telling and concrete solutions. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association.

Hewlett is the author of 17 Harvard Business Review articles and 16 critically acclaimed books, including When the Bough Breaks (winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award); Off- Ramps and On-Ramps; Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets; Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (an Audible best seller); Executive Presence (an Amazon “Best Book of the Month,”), and The Sponsor Effect (Financial Times “Business Book Of The Month.”) She has been recognized as the Most Influential International Thinker by HR Magazine and honored by Google with its Global Diversity Award.

Hewlett is a frequent speaker on the international stage. She has presented at Davos, keynoted the FT conference on “Women at the Top” and spoken at The Economist’s “Innovation Summit.” She has appeared on 60 Minutes, Panorama, The Today Show, Morning Joe and The View —and has been lampooned on Saturday Night Live. Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and she’s a featured blogger on the HBR Blog Network and an Influencer on LinkedIn. In 2017 she became an external member of the Fox News Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council as this company sought to transform its leadership culture.

Hewlett has taught at Cambridge, Columbia, and Princeton universities and has held fellowships at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London and the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard. A graduate of Cambridge University, she won a Kennedy Fellowship to Harvard University. Hewlett earned her PhD in economics at London University. Currently based in New York City, Hewlett grew up in Ebbw Vale – a coal mining community in South Wales

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