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Attorney Susan Rosenberg firmly believes in serving as a mentor to other women lawyers. The trouble is, everyone at small firms like hers is usually strapped for time.
"Women in high-level positions are fighting for survival already. It's difficult to put them in a situation, especially in a small firm, where they have to add the responsibility of guidance to their duties," said Rosenberg, a partner in the Milwaukee law finn of Domnitz, Mawicke, Goisman & Rosenberg S.C., which employs 18 attorneys.
A mentoring program takes time, money and willing mentors - elements that already are in short supply at many small businesses. As a result, new employees at small or young companies may have a tough time finding out what it takes to climb to the top.
"People who have mentors during …