The Mentoring Institute at UNM is pleased to announce its 9th annual mentoring conference. This four-day event will be held on Monday, October 24 2016 through Friday, October 28 2016 at the Student Union Building situated on UNM’s main campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Important Dates:

Call for Proposals Release                              : March 15, 2016

Abstract Proposal Submission Deadline         : May 15, 2016

Notification of Submission Acceptance          : May 30, 2016

Paper Submission Due (First Draft)               : June 30, 2016

Peer-reviewed Papers Returned                   : July 30, 2016

Final Paper Submission Due                          : August 30, 2016

Registration Deadline                                   : October 12, 2016

We invite faculty, staff and students of higher education, researchers, K-12 educators, community leaders, administrators, non-profit partners, government agencies, and other professionals to join us in a rich mix of conversation, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, and engagement among scholars and professionals in the fields of mentoring, coaching, and leadership.

About the Conference

Each year, the Mentoring Institute hosts its annual mentoring conference. Featuring four keynote/plenary sessions and over 300 presentations total, the 2014 conference brought close to 700 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.

Who Attends the Conference?

At the 2014 Mentoring Conference, 87% of attendees were faculty, staff or students from higher education. The remaining 13% are from the areas of health care, government, non-profit, and corporate/business.  

2014 Conference Testimonials

“I am writing to express my comments regarding the conference. It was absolutely outstanding! This year was my first time attending and I really learned a lot and was able to communicate with colleagues throughout the country. Every aspect of the conference was very professional, organized, thorough, and effective. [...] 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. Thank you!” 


     -  Lisa D. Hobson, Prairie View A&M University 

  Download PDF for Additional Testimonials

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2015 Speakers

Dr. Carol A. Mullen

Professor of Educational Leadership, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State UniversityRead Bio
Keynote SessionThe Leadership Identity Journey: Transformative Leaps for Humankind

Imagining our leadership experience as a journey increases our capacity for leading and mentoring more effectively and purposefully. This “leadership identity journey” presents an absorbing and transformative experience that draws on Joseph Campbell’s universal mythology within a leadership frame of reference. Research findings discussed in this keynote session are anchored in school leaders’ responses to iconic photographs suggestive of Campbell’s five mythic phases—the human condition, trials in life, human triumph, human transformation, and human crossing—and how they typify what a leader encounters in life. During the study participants were asked if they had a sense of this journey model as they viewed a series of photographs containing symbolic elements (e.g., river) and universal themes (e.g., the struggle to overcome adversity). With the launching of The Leadership Identity Journey: An Artful Reflection (Mullen, English, & Kealy, 2014), the presenter (the book’s first author) reports outcomes of these unique interviews of female and male school leaders, bringing their verbal responses to life. She will describe how the struggle to make meaning of human life suggests an emotional, subjective depth to leaders’ inner worlds and a connection with the journey model. The contemporary novel approach taken to leadership studies will reveal intersections among leadership, mentoring, and artistry that can enrich research, practice, and life. An ecological understanding of the journey model builds knowledge about the quality of mentoring, team-building, and personal and professional development that can enhance leadership capacity. 

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Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard

Professor of Management, Simmons CollegeRead Bio
Plenary SessionConfronting Paradox: Insights from the Mentoring Experiences of Professional Indian Women

India is facing a number of changes that have implications for women and their participation in the workforce. These women face a challenging paradox. On one hand, there is the hope that they will be contributing factors in the rapidly changing and competitive economy through enhanced participation in the workforce. In direct contrast, and even in opposition, is the expectation that these women will keep family and home as their primary focus.

We have much to learn from this paradox. There are insights gained from the research itself.  How did these women navigate the competing demands of advancing their careers while staying firmly entrenched in home and hearth?  Through my research, I observed some dynamics that were quite similar to what American women face in their careers. Mentoring was a critical relationship widely experienced and appreciated by the 91 women whom I interviewed.  Yet there were also several different dynamics resulting from the intersection of gender, culture and career in their mentoring relationships.  The differences as well as the similarities are illuminating.

In addition to the research findings, this stream of thinking has also raised larger questions about how we conduct research on mentoring relationships.  What are the assumptions that we bring to the table as we explore the impact of mentoring on career development and advancement? What questions do we not ask because we are entering the research process with a set of blinders that obscures important dimensions that merit consideration?  In this presentation, research findings as well as questions/suggestions for the future will both be presented.

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Dr. Diana E. Northup

Professor Emerita, College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences
Visiting Associate Professor, Biology UNM
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Plenary SessionUsing Your Enthusiasm and Passion to Enhance Your Mentoring

Effective mentoring can make a crucial difference to young, intelligent students who lack confidence and the advantage of a few decades of experience. Lack of mentoring and a lack of perspective on my part, caused me to abandon my dreams at age eighteen.  The presence of two mentors twenty years later allowed me to regain those dreams and continue on a path to developing my passion of learning how life can live and flourish in caves.  To return that gift of mentoring, I’ve developed a mentoring style that combines: Caring, Acceptance, Relevance, and Enthusiasm. Sharing my passion for things that live in caves has allowed students to explore their own passion for science and determine where their interests lie. This is especially helpful for young students who often have not identified their passion. Creating a caring, diverse, supportive lab group environment allows students, especially those that are shy and lacking in confidence, to build the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need. One of the key elements of mentoring is acceptance of people from many different backgrounds and “seeing them as scientists” from day one.  I don’t limit myself to the top 5-10% academically achieving students.  My lab welcomes students who show a passion for science. Relevance: students want to work on research that’s meaningful and where they can make a difference. Finally, the most critical aspect of mentoring is showing your own enthusiasm for your life’s work so that you may inspire students to find their own passion.

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Dr. Lise Lewis

Master Coach Practitioner and EMCC International PresidentRead Bio
Plenary SessionAn Evidence-based Relational Approach to Creating Powerful Feedback Conversations

Feedback is generally accepted as being significant in improving leadership and ultimately organisational performance and is integral to coach / mentor practice. Given this emphasis there is scope for improving the activity when the anticipation of engaging with feedback can elicit feelings of anxiety sometimes escalating to fear. Whether you are a mentor or a coach, a direct report or a leader you will find yourself in situations where you’re involved with feedback either as a giver or a receiver. Ask yourself as a mentor or coach how comfortable you are with offering feedback and how prepared you are to ask about the effectiveness of your practice. From an organisational perspective, some will say it takes courage to offer feedback to those in more senior positions. What perceptions exist about the possible impact on individuals’ career development when giving the honest feedback that leaders say they want to hear? Leaders may believe they have the capacity to accept what others think of them. How realistic is this without an understanding of their own vulnerability and resilience to absorb what may be interpreted as criticism of their ability to lead. The default position can be that feedback is often avoided for areas perceived as ‘criticism’ and resorting to giving favourable comments only. The result can be that feedback is diluted which ultimately leads to disenchantment and reluctance to engage in what are perceived as sterile performance discussions. To support the developing emphasis on relationship in more recent coaching / mentoring text you will be introduced to case studies on feedback in leadership development and the PPR Coaching Framework© created from Lise’s doctoral study. This framework offers guidance on a ‘way of being’ and approaches to the feedback discussion.

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2015 Workshop Leaders

Dr. Jerry Willbur

Chief Executive Officer, The Leadership Mentoring InstituteRead Bio
Pre-Conference Workshop SessionDeveloping Mentor Leaders: Wired to Win

This workshop will employ exciting new research from the cognitive sciences especially concerning neuroplasticity (brain growth) and the role of mentoring.  Using new transcranial magnetic stimulation and scanning techniques we are learning new things about the brain and how mentoring and other interventions can actually change brain structure and functioning. Researchers are now observing the brain in real time as subjects go about learning and leading. Based on these revolutionary scanning results, we will look at seven major dimensions of leadership and how best to identify and develop mentor leaders using these new insights into the brain. We will discuss questions such as: What goes on in the brain when we make decisions? What is the best approach to goal setting? How can we best develop leaders to lead creative teams? What does a real serving leader actually look like?  Is the effective leader’s brain different? Can it be developed?

This is pioneering research that is breaking down old myths and expanding the borders on what we know about leadership. The presenter will share his experiences from working with some of the leading health care and high tech companies and new entrepreneurial start-ups. This is not the old “industrial model” of leadership. It is transformational leadership.

During this session we will also discuss the role of resilience, emotional savvy, strategic judgment, learning versatility and how to best use these concepts to execute and get results. You learn ideas and tools to better identify and develop the leaders of the future.

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Chris Cook, CPCC, ACC

President & CEO, Capiche ConsultingRead Bio
Pre-Conference Workshop SessionDeveloping Excellence in Leadership and Coaching—for Mentors

It’s important that mentees see their mentors as effective and resonant leaders both within their professional field of expertise and within their circles of influence. But that’s not all. To be an effective and inspirational mentor, leaders must have an understanding of the framework and fundamentals of coaching—along with a working knowledge of the skills and tools used by the most successful coaches.  In this workshop, you will learn about different schools of thought around coaching—specifically the co-active coaching model and the relationship systems model. Both models are built upon the belief that people/systems are naturally creative and resourceful. In other words, the belief that people/systems are capable of solving their own problems and achieving their personal and organizational goals—especially with the help of an effective coach.  This hands-on workshop will focus on the development of leadership skills and coaching techniques critical for effective mentoring within the organizational context. You will explore your leadership capacity within different frameworks built upon academic research and best practices from thought leaders in today’s business world.  You will also practice working within proven coaching models using such skills and contexts as: listening, curiosity, playfulness, respect, acknowledgement, championing, challenging and requesting—with the goal of moving your mentee forward while deepening their knowledge necessary for sustainable change. 

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Last Modified: Feb 04, 2016