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Mentorship: A Game Changer for Women 


Statistics demonstrate that the percentage of women entering the workforce continues to rise each year but that only 35% of women in the workforce hold a senior leadership role and continue to be underrepresented in the highest ranking senior executive positions (the C-Suite) with only 20% occupying a C-Suite position, and only 4% of them being women of color. Moreover, women continue to be paid less earning eighty-two cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. This paper discusses how woman-to-woman mentorship can be the necessary game changer in which time and energy should be invested.

Mentorship: A Game Changer for Women

Mentorship: A Game Changer for Women


Rita Stanziale

Rita Stanziale, MAEd, is the Central Valley Campus and Academic Director for University of Phoenix. She has spent over 18 years in higher education holding diverse roles within academic affairs.  Her experience includes academic management, leadership, and faculty development and coaching, Rita’s interests in academic topics such as mentorship, ethics and the ethical use of social media in instruction and practice have led her to co-present at national and international conferences. Most recent presentations include Women to Women Mentorship: A Tipping Point for Counselor Education, Hawaii International Conference on Educations, January 2022; Ethics and Social Media in Rehabilitation Counseling Programs, National Council on Rehabilitations Education Spring Conference, April 2019; and Safety in Cyberspace: Social Media Ethics for New Millennials, National Association of Multicultural Concerns Annual Conference, July 2018. She is currently a committee member for the 2023 UPCEA’s West Regional Salon.