LinkedIn’s Nicole Williams: “There’s A Double Standard Around Women Seeking Out Men For Support” At Work
9:39 am, December 15th | by Amy Tennery
Nicole Williams, the connection director at LinkedIn, told NPR’s Michel Martin why seeking out mentors can be such a challenge for professional women: “During the course of my career, I’ve used male mentors, and there’s been some question as to the intention… because I think, sometimes, as a woman, if you’re using a male mentor, the question, you know, inevitably arises: Is she getting the promotion? Is she getting the raise? Is she getting the career advancement by virtue of the relationship and instead of her hard work? But I do think that there’s a double standard around women seeking out men for support.
Williams recently conducted a survey of 1,000 women for LinkedIn, in which she found that 82 percent of women believe having a mentor is critical for your career — but 19 percent said they didn’t have a mentor (and never have!).