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Mentorship - Crucial to Career Progression-Sheryl Sandberg, Oprah Winfrey & Justice Sotomayor

From Debbie Oaks McBride

We recently discovered Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Conversations Podcast. Oprah always shares thoughtful and meaningful content through podcasts, book promotions, and much more. In this SuperSoul Conversation, Oprah Winfrey travels to Silicon Valley to have lunch with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who ignited a firestorm with her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Sheryl takes Oprah to her favorite restaurant, the place where she and Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg first sat down to discuss her future at his company. Oprah also travels to the Bronx to sit down with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The two meet at the Justice Sotomayor's alma mater, Cardinal Spellman High School, where Justice Sotomayor candidly talks about her revealing memoir, her humble beginnings and the promises she made to President Obama. She also discusses the perils of dating when you sit on the highest court in the land.

When you look at every legend who has ever succeeded at any significant level, they have always had a mentor…without exception! Sheryl Sandberg is someone who has benefitted from mentorship throughout her career and it enabled her to rise through the ranks to become the COO of Facebook as well as becoming a billionaire. In her book, Lean In, she has some advice to share when it comes to how we should see mentorship. “The strongest relationships spring out of a real and often earned connection felt by both sides." "Instead, of telling young people, 'Get a mentor and you will excel',” she wrote, “we need to tell them, 'Excel and you will get a mentor.'”1

In the opening statement for her Senate confirmation hearings in 2009, Justice Sonia Sotomayor acknowledged the help she’d received from mentors, friends, and family over the years to “make this day possible,” and added: “I try to pass on this legacy by serving as a mentor and friend to my many godchildren and students of all backgrounds.” It’s a theme she’s repeated often. In a recent speech, Sotomayor said she urges young people to “find someone you admire” to act as a mentor. Her autobiography also talks about the mentorship she has both received and given over the years.2

We hope you enjoy this as much as we did.



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