Heather Brilliant has had plenty of mentors. She's been a mentor herself. But there's a different type of relationship she thinks can be even more beneficial to women looking to rise in the workplace.
"The thing we need to focus on setting up for ourselves as much as mentorship is sponsorship," said Brilliant, who earlier this year became CEO of Columbus-based Diamond Hill Capital Management. "We need to make sure we are cultivating relationships with people who are in the room when decisions are being made about things like promotions and compensation.
"It's the people who … stand up for you when you aren't there that really help you take your career to the next level."
Brilliant shared her thoughts on the importance of those sponsorship relationships, something she said men are better at building than women are, during a recent taping of our Women of Influence podcast.