Why Male Mentors Matter

Why Male Mentors Matter


Feb 7, 2018

Mentorship. We all know how critical it is to getting ahead, but—if you're a woman—how important is it to have a male mentor?

"Women can mentor women and that's hugely important but, if men don't do it, we know what the data says," Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said at the 2018 MAKERS Conference on Tuesday. "Women won't get the leadership roles they deserve."

This is why Sandberg's Lean In and MAKERS are teaming up to launch the #MentorHer campaign, stressing how important it is for men to mentor women—now more than ever.

Sandberg, SEIU Local 2015 president Laphonza Butler, and "Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women" author David Smith took to the stage to talk about the importance of mentorship, but also raised a provocative question about the #MeToo movement—is there going to be a backlash in the workplace? A recent survey by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey, shows almost half of male managers are now uncomfortable participating in common work activities with women, including working alone and mentoring.

"If the reaction to what's going on in the workplace is going to be an excuse to not mentor women or to isolate women further, that is not the answer and that is unacceptable," Sandberg said.

"Mentorship is critical for getting into leadership roles in all industries," said Sandberg. "That's been proven over and over again."

For more highlights from the 2018 MAKERS Conference, click here.

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