2014 Mentoring Conference

About the Conference

Each year, the UNM Mentoring Institute hosts its annual mentoring conference. Featuring four keynote speakers and over 250 concurrent presentations, the 2013 conference brought over 600 people to New Mexico.  We aim to host a broad constituency, which includes divisions of higher education, academic researchers, educators, community leaders, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals.

For the 2014 conference we anticipate a rich mix of conversation, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, and engagement with professionals from a diverse variety of disciplines.

What Attendees Thought

“I am writing to express my comments regarding the conference. It was absolutely outstanding! This year was my first time attending and my doctoral student identified your conference. I really learned a lot and was able to communicate with colleagues throughout the country. UNM really has a strong resource with your institute. Every aspect of the conference was very professional, organized, thorough, and effective. I truly enjoyed participating and attending. You provided a perfect conference, perfect organization, and perfect location! I really appreciated being able to interact with, communicate, and learn from professionals from different disciplines. Again, the conference was very valuable. Please feel free to forward my comments to your University administration. Thank you!” 


 Lisa D. Hobson, Prairie View A&M University 

 “Thank you again for all of your work in putting together the recent Mentoring Conference. I really enjoyed attending and found the experience to be very worthwhile! There were a tremendous number of networking opportunities, as well as chances to hear about successful programs that others are coordinating.” 


 Kristen Kung, University of California, San Diego 

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Conference Speakers

Bob Garvey, Ph.D.

York St John Business SchoolRead Bio
Keynote SessionThe Dynamics of Coaching & Mentoring Relationships in the Workplace
Wednesday, October 22 at 11:00 – 11:45 am

Mentoring and coaching are employed increasingly in the workplace for a variety of purposes. As human beings, we are brilliant at relationships and very poor at them as well.  Human relationships are both dynamic and complex, and mentoring and coaching relationships are no less complex than other types of relationships. This keynote presentation explores some of the key elements of the dynamics of mentoring and coaching relationships, and considers the consequences for operationalizing schemes in the workplace. The keynote will first explore the historical discourses of coaching and mentoring and then develop this knowledge to consider the relationship dynamics; For example, the importance of trust and rapport building, confidentiality, expectations, triviality, intimacy and the power dynamics. The presentation will then consider how these elements may be woven into the design of schemes in order to maximize the potential and minimize the difficulties.

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Maggie Werner-Washburne, Ph.D.

University of New MexicoRead Bio
Plenary SessionMentoring for Life: Inspiring Today's Students to Become Tomorrow's Most Creative, Thoughtful Leaders
Friday, October 24 at 11:00 – 11:45 am

This plenary session will address the importance of fostering emotional intelligence and psychosocial support in the mentoring relationship for the development of scientists and researchers, and propose best practices for successful application in scientific research fields.  Over the past 10 years, the NIH-funded IMSD program for STEM juniors and seniors has developed into a highly successful mentoring program.  Given the initial success of the mentoring program and the still prevalent problem of low graduation rates for American Indian students, the Gateway Scholars Mentoring Groups (GSMG) was created for freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds, with a focus on American Indian students. Understanding and meeting the wide range of needs for young professionals is vital, especially within the context of underrepresented minority students in these fields, who must bridge additional obstacles to achieve success.  By allowing students to not only understand who they are, what they love and value in life, but also how to deal with challenges and failures as learning opportunities, they can more readily achieve their goals, and contribute to their field.  This session highlights the importance of creativity for success, barriers such as the Imposter Syndrome and Implicit Bias, and best-practices for success in scientific research fields.

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Ann Rolfe

Mentoring WorksRead Bio
Workshop SessionDesigning Effective Mentoring Programs
Tuesday, October 21 at 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Imagine what it would be like if your mentoring program were the benchmark for other industries.  Or, other organizations looked at what you had done as a model. If you design your mentoring program well, they will! The design model shared in this workshop was used to develop the mentoring program that was awarded the LearnX Asia Pacific Platinum Award for Best Coaching/Mentor Training Program 2011. It’s based on two decades of practical experience in developing and implementing mentoring programs. There is no “one-size-fits-all” in mentoring. Your program must be tailored to your organization, your people and the outcomes you want to achieve. Designing your mentoring program involves: Planning – a well thought-out blueprint that clearly ties mentoring to important outcomes and maps out how they will be achieved and evaluated; Promotion - communicating so that mentoring is recognized and welcomed by stakeholders; Preparation of People – mentors and mentees recruited, selected, trained and properly equipped to succeed in mentoring Program Support - a structured program of ongoing assistance, follow-up and feedback.  This workshop introduces core elements of effective mentoring programs and leads you through the design steps. It is suitable for people who are:  Planning to introduce mentoring into their organization and want to make sure it works; Reviewing their mentoring strategy against leading edge practices; or Happy with what they’ve achieved so far with mentoring but need more tangible ways to capitalize on the value mentoring offers individuals and organization.

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Plenary SessionMentoring (alone) Is Not The Answer: Take A Strategic Approach And Achieve Much More!
Wednesday, October 22 at 1:00 – 1:45 pm

We look to mentoring to achieve workplace outcomes but are these goals realistic?  Too often mentoring is seen as a panacea - it’s assumed mentoring will remedy all ills and resolve the discrepancy between the current situation and the desired one. However, most goal achievement requires a suite of integrated actions. Mentoring alone is not the answer! There is no doubt that mentoring produces significant results. However, we must be clear why mentoring is the strategy of choice and what it can and cannot do. Other factors may need to be addressed if the goal is to be achieved.  Based on two decades of experience, this session will explore the place of mentoring in achieving the strategic objectives of organizations while meeting the development needs of individuals. It will provide a process for: Determining realistic outcomes for workplace mentoring; Identifying the barriers and enablers to goal achievement and; Focusing on the development needs that mentoring can address.  You can achieve so much more with mentoring when you take a strategic approach and this session will show you how. In addition, using the tools provided will enable you to evaluate your program in ways that support your business case for mentoring and show the return on investment.

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Jerry Willbur, Ph.D.

The Leadership Mentoring InstituteRead Bio
Workshop SessionThe Power of Positive Mentoring
Tuesday, October 21 at 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This pre-conference workshop will use both qualitative and quantitative research, plus insights from thirty years in the field of mentoring, to explore the importance of the development of emotional intelligence ‘people savvy’ skills in the effective mentoring connection. It will also look at findings from the field of positive psychology and how they can be applied to the mentoring relationship.

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Plenary SessionCultivating a Highly Efficient Mentoring Culture via Neurological Breakthroughs
Thursday, October 23 at 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Based on research conducted by The Leadership Mentoring Institute, and recent breakthroughs in brain scan technology, this plenary will discuss mentoring strategies for establishing highly effective organizations, and how neuroscience can be used across disciplines to supplement existing research available on mentoring.  Specifically, many scientists are heralding the discovery of neuroplasticity, the never-ending ability of the brain to change itself, as the greatest scientific breakthrough in the last 400 years.   We can now observe the brain as connections take place. We will explore the implications for the field of mentoring, why this break-through should stimulate us, and how we can use the new knowledge to improve the mentoring experience, and complement existing trends identified by The Leadership Mentoring Institute.

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Mary Fernández, Ph.D.

MentorNetRead Bio
Plenary SessionCreating a Sustainable STEM Talent Pipeline
Thursday, October 23 at 11:00 – 11:45 am

Over the past 10 years, U.S. growth in STEM jobs was three times greater than non-STEM jobs. Yet demand in many STEM fields is dramatically outstripping supply.  Only one out of ten students who attend college will graduate with a STEM degree, and while 7 out of 10 college students are women or under-represented minorities, only 4 out of 10 are STEM graduates.   Our shared challenge is to encourage women, minorities and other under-represented groups to enroll in STEM programs, to ensure that they persist and graduate, and to prepare them for life-long careers.  But because these students drop out and divert into non-STEM fields at much higher rates than majority students, they need comprehensive academic, personal, and professional support to help them persist to degree completion.  Since 1997, MentorNet has paired more than 32,000 STEM student protégés with professionals working in STEM fields in guided mentorships that help mentors and protégés tackle key non-academic issues affecting student success.  We believe that mentorships focused on student success can and should be available to any student seeking support.  But to support tens of thousands of students, we must be able to reach and engage individuals directly, and social networks are the most powerful and efficient channels for doing so.  I will share insights on how one-to-one mentorships – guided by developmentally appropriate topics and delivered on a modern, scalable social network designed for mentoring – can help tens of thousands of STEM students persist and succeed. 

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Carlos E. Cortés, Ph.D.

University of California, RiversideRead Bio
Plenary SessionReaching Across: Mentoring in a Multicultural Society
Tuesday, October 21 at 1:00 – 1:45 pm

In our increasingly multicultural nation and shrinking globe, all of us are likely to mentor -– and be mentored by –- people with whom we share both similarities and differences.  This talk will address the opportunities and challenges inherent in such mentoring.  In particular, it will consider some of the complexities of what it means to be engaged in a mentoring relationship that involves diversity, including such factors as race, ethnicity, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, or disability.  Among the topics to be considered will be personal identity, intergroup perceptions, cultural worldviews, privilege, privacy, intersectionality, stereotyping, and micro aggressions.  The talk will also address the complications raised by such factors as citizenship status, conscience laws, and professional codes of ethics.  

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Special SessionA Conversation With Alana: One Boy's Multicultural Rite Of Passage
Friday, October 24 at 1:00 – 2:00 pm

"A Conversation with Alana" is a one-hour, one-person autobiographical play written and performed by Carlos E. Cortés, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Riverside.  In his play, Cortés presents his story of growing up as a young man of mixed ancestry in racially segregated, religiously divided early post-World War II Kansas City, Missouri.  The son of a Mexican Catholic immigrant father and an American-born Jewish mother, whose parents came from Austria and Ukraine, Cortés had to learn to navigate Kansas City's rigid racial, ethnic, and religious fault lines, while simultaneously dealing with the internal conflicts of his own divided family. 

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Important Dates

Abstract Proposal Submission Deadline May 15, 2014
Call for Proposals Release March 28, 2014
Final Paper Submission Due August 30, 2014
Notification of Submission Acceptance May 30, 2014
Paper Submission Due (First Draft) June 30, 2014
Peer-Reviewed Papers Returned August 1, 2014
Registration 'Deadline' October 10, 2014