The Mentoring Institute at UNM is pleased to announce its 8th annual mentoring conference. The 2015 conference theme is New Perspectives in Mentoring: A Quest for Leadership Excellence & Innovation. This four-day event will be held on Tuesday, October 20 through Friday, October 23 at the Student Union Building situated on UNM’s main campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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 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 

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2015 Speakers

Dr. Carol A. Mullen

Professor, Virginia TechRead 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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Important Dates

Call for Proposals Release March 27, 2015
Abstract Proposal Submission Deadline May 15, 2015
Notification of Submission Acceptance May 29, 2015
Paper Submission Due (First Draft) June 30, 2015
Peer-Reviewed Papers Returned August 01, 2015
Final Paper Submission Due August 30, 2015
Registration Deadline October 10, 2015
Last Modified: Apr 07, 2015