My own career shows how sponsorship can be incredibly important. Some ways that I’ve been sponsored include:
Actions that may not rise to the level of sponsorship can also make a big impact. Specifically, I want to thank Hadley Wickham, for encouraging me to submit my talk to RStudio::conf 2018:
You should submit it to rstudio::conf!— Hadley Wickham (@hadleywickham) August 24, 2017
And Jim Hester citing me as one of the contributors to the glue documentation.
Want to give a belated shoutout to @jimhester_ and the tidyverse team for providing a really nice experience to a OS newbie:— Emily Robinson (@robinson_es) November 15, 2017
A month ago, I was trying to use a new function in glue and getting an error it didn’t exist. Colleague was pinging me about same error. 1/
Finally, I am incredibly lucky to have my amazing brother Dave Robinson. He has been my most encouraging data science sponsor and is a tireless advocate for women in data science in general. His tweets on international women’s day got all of those mentioned a lot more followers:
Five amazing #rstats data scientists to follow if you're not already:@juliasilge @JennyBryan @hspter @ma_salmon @robinson_es #IWD2017 pic.twitter.com/OWqi0PzyWM— David Robinson (@drob) March 8, 2017
I’m learning to be cautious predicting what my next posts will be, but I do have a couple ideas I’m drafting, including an introduction to A/B Testing for data scientists and analysts and how to prioritize and respond to the many ad-hoc requests you can get as a data scientist partnering with business teams.
Can you please blog about this— David Robinson (@drob) February 15, 2018
 What if you’re reluctant to closely mentor women because you’re worried about being accused of sexual harassment or the appearance of impropriety? Read this article from Adam Grant. One key point is hold yourself accountable for parity: if you won’t go to dinner alone with a woman, don’t do it with a man. But much of sponsorship is usually done in a public situation and you can sponsor people without them being aware, such as by raising their name positively in management meetings.