Shattering Glass

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  • Title: Shattering Glass: e-Mentoring and the Advancement of Diversity
  • Author(s): Catherine Elliott, Joanne Leck
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Organizational Diversity
  • Keywords: Mentoring, Women, Visible Minorities, Immigrants, Aboriginal Peoples, Disabled Persons
  • Volume: 16
  • Issue: 4
  • Year: 2016
  • ISSN: 2328-6261 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2328-6229 (Online)
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  • Citation: Leck, JoanneD, and Catherine Elliott. 2016. "Shattering Glass: e-Mentoring and the Advancement of Diversity." The International Journal of Organizational Diversity 16 (4): 1-15. doi:10.18848/2328-6261/CGP/v16i04/1-15.
  • Extent: 15 pages


Mentoring is a popular strategy to develop future leaders. Unfortunately, traditionally disadvantaged group members (TDGMs) face challenges in the mentoring process. Extending the analogy of the glass ceiling illustrates these challenges. First, the shortage of suitable mentors makes it difficult for TDGMs to pass through the “glass door” to access positions and establish early career success. Second, negative biases and discrimination limit the sponsorship of TDGMs to climb the “glass staircase” and develop leadership acumen. Third, the necessary career-related support needed to break the “glass ceiling” is lacking. e-Mentoring is argued to be a tool to help shatter this glass.