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WIMDI Speaker Series - Building Relationships with Sponsors
In 2018, The WIMDI Speaker Series is inviting engaging speakers each month to give talks on topics that help women kill it at work. Welcome to Talk 12 of 12 - Building Relationships with Sponsors After Mentoring and Impostor Syndrome, Sponsorship of junior or intermediate employees by more senior colleagues is the hottest topic in career management. Sponsors help elevate careers by giving sponsees visibility and support in obtaining new and exciting promotional and development opportunities. You need a support system around yourself professionally just like you need to build a support system in your personal life to succeed. In this talk you'll learn how to identify, understand, build relationships with, and gain support from high-level sponsors to aid your career. We’ll cover: - Identify potential sponsors and pitch yourself accordingly - Winning the trust of and building relationships with executive-level sponsors. - Using the four social styles to understand your prospective sponsor The goal of this talk is to help you develop a plan to engage a sponsor in 2019. This workshop is facilitated by Sarah Nahid, Management Consultant. Over the last decade Sarah has worked as a management consultant in the area of Strategy and Operation in a variety of industries including high tech, health care, higher education, and natural resources. Among her professional accomplishments, Sarah has worked as a senior consultant as part of Ernst and Young’s advisory team with key decision makers such as Associate Deputy ministers across Canada and helped the government of BC with resettling Syrian refugees in the Fraser Valley region. Sarah has an MBA from Sauder School of Business and a bachelors of honours in biotechnology from UBC. As a hobby, Sarah sometimes appears in movies as a Special Ability Actress. For all of you Star Wars fans out there, she has played beside Mark Hamill as a figure skater in an episode of Flash. Sarah has not only struggled with the “only female in boys club environments syndrome” but also with “babyface syndrome” throughout her consulting career. She has come up with a set of guidelines that have helped her build successful sponsorships and gain credibility among her male peers. Doors open at 5:30 for mingling and socializing. The official start time is 6pm, with additional networking time to follow. Hosted by ACL Services. Attendance Notes: 1) Gender: This event is open to individuals of any gender identity. 2) Children: WIMDI events are for parents too! We know childcare can occasionally be a challenge, but we don't think that should stop you from connecting and learning with us. WIMDI doesn't offer childcare at our events, but we'd love you to bring your little one along with some quiet activities to occupy them. Suitable for ages 0+

ACL Services

980 Howe St · Vancouver, BC

What we're about

This is a networking and career resource group for women in male-dominated industries (eg: mining, finance, tech, engineering, construction, politics, etc.). WIMDI hosts a monthly speaker series focused on actionable advice that will help you achieve your career goals. We also meet once a month for coffee/tea to chat, commiserate, strategize, and cheer each other on. It's a great way to connect with women facing your issues when they are few and far between in your work life.

I hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Holly Burton
Leadership Coach for Women in Male-Dominated Industries
c: 604 354 8684

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