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Melanie Breaux, Larsson & Scheuritzel

There is little question that effective mentorships can profoundly benefit a professional’s career, including a lawyer’s career. Mentors provide mentees with advice and lessons not formally taught in school or on the job, constructive criticism and a safe space to vent about workplace concerns and frustrations. Yet, while mentorships are important, they are not enough. In order for a professional to ascend to the pinnacle rank of his or her chosen field—especially if that professional is a female or minority—there is another essential component that is less commonly understood and more determinative of the endpoint of one’s occupational journey: a career sponsor.


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