John China

Why You Need a Sponsor and How to Get One at Work

By John China, Head of Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank I’m a living, breathing example of how sponsorship works—literally. A decade ago, my sponsor saw something in me and started grooming me for the bank’s executive suite. I wasn’t a perfect fit, so eager to jump in every conversation that I would literally gasp for breath. But because of my sponsor’s willingness to put his credibility on the line, coupled … [ more ]

2018 Session | A Conversation on Sponsorship for Men and Women

Click Play below to listen to this session from the 2018 conference. Women with leadership aspirations need advocacy from men and women in positions of power. In other words, they need a sponsor. A mentor can help define a dream; but a sponsor doesn’t stop until the dream has been realized. These mutually beneficial relationships are especially critical at transition points; a great sponsor can help remove obstacles, reveal opportunities, … [ more ]

2018 Session | A Conversation on Sponsorship for Men and Women

Click Play below to listen to this session from the 2018 conference. Women with leadership aspirations need advocacy from men and women in positions of power. In other words, they need a sponsor. A mentor can help define a dream; but a sponsor doesn’t stop until the dream has been realized. These mutually beneficial relationships are especially critical at transition points; a great sponsor can help remove obstacles, reveal opportunities, … [ more ]