The 4 Key Relationships You Need AND How to Identify Mentors and Sponsors in the WorkplaceYour Next Move

The 4 Key Relationships You Need AND How to Identify Mentors and Sponsors in the Workplace

Who is going to bring your paper into the room? Who can you go your whole career with and without? Who is going to help you level up to that next role?

Kimberly answers these questions and more in this episode about one of the most requested topics she receives from her audience, how to identify and develop key relationships in your career. Tune in as she guides you to analyze the people in your workplace and start building authentic relationships to get you to that next level.


  • Why you need peers in and out of your company
  • The importance of coaches and teachers
  • Who is a mentor?
  • What differentiates a sponsor from a mentor?
  • How to strategically start building relationships


“Most people know who mentors are, but I explain it as that person who's been there, done that. They have literally been in your shoes before, so they can help you in that situation.”

“These are the professionals who can take you from where you are to where you rightfully belong. They literally have the power and influence to pull you up from where you are and put you in that next role.”

Have career and leadership development questions? Email Kimberly at

Learn more about Kimberly Brown and download a free career strategy template at

Read the book “Next Move, Best Move: Transitioning Into a Career You’ll Love” at

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I really enjoy this podcast! I love how encouraging the message is but also REAL advice even if it may be unsettling to hear!This podcast gets me excited and empowered to take actionable steps in my career!

Not your average Jo
Your Next Move

Kimberly’s content is billed as being for women and people of color. As a white male, I feel that her content is universally applicable. As a person that benefited from privilege I appreciate having access to this point of view. I feel that being able to get an understanding of these topics from her perspective helps me better approach these topics with my employees.I hope she keeps producing new episodes and publishing books.

manager dwh
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I just listened to Episode 22, Being an Ambitious Woman with Tiffany Aliche and was so impressed. The time just flew by as I enjoyed the solid career advice Kimberly and Tiffany shared. Documenting your accomplishments was one of the ideas that I thought was especially good -- because if YOU don't know what you accomplished and what your big wins are, you cannot possibly expect others to remember. I look forward to tuning in again.

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Kimberly is a gem! Going to grab a copy of her book.

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