Finding some type of mentor or sponsor is a good idea for any women, Tierney said, regardless of where they are in their career. If nothing else, it's somebody to bounce ideas off of, and, she said, a mentor doesn't have to be somebody at the same company. In fact, it's probably better if they're not.
"I think it's important to have sounding boards," said Tierney, who acts as a mentor herself.
Tierney has noticed that many women don't have mentors simply because they are afraid to ask. But, remember, she said, the mentor in the relationship can learn just as much from the mentee.
"It's not a one-way street," she told CRN.