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challenges and biases, but not every woman is the same.
Ask your mentee about her career goals and what she
believes has limited her ability to fulfill her potential.

By mentoring or
sponsoring talented
women, high-ranking
men can ensure their
companies' leadership
teams are gender
diverse and reflect
a range of leadership styles.

Set your mentee up for success. Before recommending
a woman for a stretch
assignment, ensure she has
the strong network and
support needed to succeed
in her new role. Mentoring is
about assisting someone to
grow a career, not pushing
her into a job where the
most qualified, highest-potential candidate is likely to
crash and burn.

Be open to learning from
your mentee. I once
reported to a man whose
work and leadership styles
were 180 degrees from mine.
I learned from him and he learned from me, as he was the
first to admit. A sound mentoring relationship will help both
parties grow professionally.
We will never reach gender parity - or grow our businesses - if the best talent isn't working in the right roles.
That won't happen unless men support career paths without regard to gender. CSN

Convenience Store News is pleased
to continue this series of exclusive
educational columns by the Network
of Executive Women (NEW), coinciding with the annual CSNews Top
Women in Convenience awards given
out each fall. Fifty female managers,
executives and directors who work in
the convenience store industry were
honored in our 2017 program. In addition to being a presentation sponsor
for the Top Women in Convenience
program, NEW and CSNews have
partnered to develop this series
of columns directed at helping
corporate leaders drive more
inclusive company cultures.
Founding &
Presenting Sponsor:

Sarah Alter is president and CEO of the Network of Executive
Women, a learning and leadership community representing
nearly 11,000 members, more than 800 companies, 100 corporate partners and 21 regional groups in the United States
and Canada. Learn more at newonline.org.
Editor's note: The opinions expressed in this column are
the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of
Convenience Store News.

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