The Rockefeller Foundation recently released a report outlining the lack of women in leadership, and how this affects the search for female mentors and role models. They found that two-thirds of Americans recognize the value of women in leadership who can serve as mentors for women starting their careers. However, this ideal is not seen in companies themselves: only one third of those surveyed say their company has made adding more women leaders a high priority and one quarter say there are no women in leadership in their organization at all.
Professor Murphy notes that mentors can become a personal board of directors or, in academic terms, a developmental network. Recommendations to find mentors when none are obvious include: