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Mentorship Vs. Sponsorship: The Difference Between The Two And Why They Both Matter

Professionals often strive to advance throughout their careers, and there are several ways that they can achieve this goal. Two of those ways are through mentorship and sponsorship. The differentiation between the two is that a mentor will enhance your skills, provide guidance on a project or task you are undertaking, or elevate your way of thinking. A sponsor will be useful to advocate on your behalf, create opportunities for you, and help promote you within an organization. Matthew C. Meade, a financial services executive with experience working with Fortune 100 companies, stopped by AfroTech to provide some insights on what to consider when seeking either route to move up the career ladder.

Samantha Dorisca

Mar 7, 2023

LegacyShift Partners With Connecticut State Agency To Make Mentorship And Coaching More Accessible

LegacyShift, a Connecticut-based mentorship and coaching tech platform, has entered into a partnership with CTNext to support startups and entrepreneurs in the state of Connecticut.

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 23, 2023

Candace Parker Tag Teams With adidas To Mentor Female Student-Athletes Through The NIL Era

Candace Parker is helping adidas keep its promise to student-athletes.  

Samantha Dorisca

Jul 27, 2022

This Entrepreneur Is Defying The Odds With Her Million-Dollar Trucking Business And Mentoring Other Women To Follow Suit

Tristen Simmons is forging a pathway for women to shake up a male-dominated industry through her trucking and logistics brokerage firm.  

Samantha Dorisca

Jul 27, 2022

Harlem's Fashion Row Partners With LVMH In Support Of Emerging Black Designers To Carry On Virgil Abloh’s Mission

Rising talent will be supported in the fight toward a more equitable and inclusive fashion industry in light of a new partnership between Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) and LVMH North America.

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 17, 2022

Google For Startups Is Now Accepting Applications For Its 2022 Cohort

Google for Startups is on the hunt for promising Black, Latinx, and Veteran founders across the country. Starting now, these founders can apply to be a part of the third cohort of the Founders Academy. The four-month virtual program will provide Google’s best practices, top tools, and the community required to raise capital and upscale startups, according to information provided to AfroTech. “Boddle had begun raising a round of funding when we started the Founders Academy. The timing was fortuitous because it allowed us to take advantage of the program’s investor-in-residence. Tony was instrumental in helping us crystallize our pitch to VCs and gain better insights on negotiating for the $1.45M funding round that we eventually raised,” said Edna Martinson, Founders Academy alumna and founder of Boddle Learning in a statement provided to us.

Samantha Dorisca

Dec 17, 2021

Ryan Leslie Says He Turned A $100K Investment Into $16M Thanks To Advice From His Mentor

Ryan Leslie could teach us a thing or two about investing in stocks! The iconic singer/songwriter/producer, responsible for hits like Cassie’s “Me & U,” is also quite the entrepreneur and businessman with an eye for investments. Leslie must’ve known that Apple would become the tech giant that it is today, having first invested in the company back in 2009. In 2018, Apple became the first trillion-dollar company. According to Complex, the “Addicted” singer’s initial stake of $100,000 reached millions of dollars thanks to a wise lesson from his mentor. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Earn Your Leisure (@earnyourleisure) Leslie detailed exactly how during an episode of the “Earn Your Leisure” podcast stating: “I remember a conversation I had with my mentor. I said, ‘Hey look, man. I took your advice and man, $100,000 to $350,000. I’mma cash out and get something nice for my mom.’ And he gave me the ultimatum at that time– he said, ‘Ryan,listen. You can go ahead and cash...

Shanique Yates

Sep 10, 2021

Spelman College, IDEAYA Biosciences Partner to Build Black Women Leaders in the Biotechnology Industry

A new partnership between IDEAYA Biosciences and Spelman College aims to help develop the next generation of Black women leaders in the biotechnology industry. The Spelman IDEAYA partnership is an eccentric academic and industry collaboration that will provide Spelman students with the learning platform necessary for pursuing a career in biotechnology, reports PR Newswire. Using the guiding principles of education and mentorship, the Spelman IDEAYA Health Science and Biotechnology Program is the combination of a development program, professional internship, and scholarship for select Spelman students with an interest in biotechnology as a future career path. “As an institution with one of the nation’s highest number of medical school applications from Black Americans, we are passionate about not only the discovery on new therapeutic options but the delivery of the treatments as well,” said Rosalind Gregory-Bass, M.D., associate professor of environmental and health sciences and...

Shanique Yates

Jan 20, 2021

The Hidden Genius Project Sparks the Minds and Talents of Black Youth

The U.S. consumer technology industry generates hundreds of billions in revenue each year. From Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley, the tech industry represents the pinnacle of success. Yet minorities remain critically underrepresented in the field, drastically cutting billions in potential tech revenue. Studies conducted by TechRepublic between 2014 and 2018 revealed the low percentages of non-Asian, minority workers at major tech companies, such as Google, Twitter, Pinterest, and eBay. A more recent study by Statista shows minority representation in the tech industry increasing slowly and steadily, but not enough to match the number of youth exploring the field. Nathan Dudley, an alumnus of The Hidden Genius Project, convinces a Bank of America employee to invest in the pivotal program. That is where programs such as The Hidden Genius Project have stepped in and made their mark. The Oakland-based program is the brainchild of Executive Director Brandon Nicholson and several other...

Emily Adeyanju

Jan 27, 2020