Why Sponsorship is Important for Women of Color

Clarissa Fuselier knows how it feels to be overworked and ignored. 

About six years ago, she had a manager who didn’t respect or appreciate her work. Fuselier recalls being passed over for much-earned promotions twice to lesser qualified individuals. She was prepared to quit. But everything changed when Fuselier got a new manager who she says “put the gas on her sponsorship and the trajectory of her career.” 

He recognized and acknowledged her contributions and supported her work publicly, even when she wasn’t in the room. Aside from work-related meetings, they consistently met one-on-one to discuss how he could help Fuselier achieve her career goals. 

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