SXSW 2019

Male Allies, Mentors and Sponsors at Work


In 2016, Forté launched a pioneering Men as Allies program and toolkit to help men support their female colleagues in MBA programs across the country. That program has now extended to the corporate arena. Earlier this year, Brad Johnson and David Smith published Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women. Within the book, Johnson and Smith, both professors at the U.S. Naval Academy, offer a no-nonsense, timely guide that will benefit any man who wants to more effectively mentor or manage women in the workforce. In this session, Forte Executive Director, Elissa Sangster collaborates with Johnson and Smith to explore how male allies, mentors and sponsors are the key to achieving a more gender equal workplace.

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  1. Better understanding of the gender equity goal and its wealth of benefits for organizations, men, and women.
  2. Practical advice for serving as a mentor and ally in the workplace.
  3. Underscoring the importance of both women AND men participating in conversations around gender equity.



Amy Orlov, Vice President, Programs, Forte Foundation

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Future Workplace
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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