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The Mentoring Institute at UNM is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Mentoring Conference, Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 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 participate in this five-day event, which will be held from Monday, October 22, 2018, through Friday, October 26, 2018 at The University of New Mexico’s Student Union Building in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Together, we will develop dynamic conversations and networking opportunities through hands-on workshops, individual/panel presentations, and plenary sessions. We aim to foster engagement among scholars and professionals in the fields of mentoring, coaching, and leadership. 

Important Dates

Call for Proposals Release


March 23, 2018

Abstract Proposal Submission Deadline (Extended)


May 28, 2018

Accepted Proposal Notification

Last Date to Register as a Presenter and/or Peer-Reviewer


May 31, 2018

June 15, 2018 

Draft Paper Submission Due

Peer-Review Process


June 30, 2018

July 1–30, 2018

Peer-Reviewed Papers Returned


August 1, 2018

Final Paper Submission Due

Last Date to Register as a Volunteer


August 31, 2018

September 30, 2018

Standard Registration Deadline


October 14, 2018

What We Are Looking For

This year’s conference theme is Mentoring, Coaching, and Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Innovation and entrepreneurship exist throughout every field of study. Therefore, at this conference we seek to facilitate discourse on the effectiveness of developmental relationships for fostering innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset. The term ‘developmental relationships’ includes, but is not limited to, mentoring, coaching, networking, and sponsorship.

We are particularly keen to receive proposals that: (a) are informative and relevant to the term ‘developmental relationships’; (b) are supported by theory and research; and (c) demonstrate concepts and ideas that are applicable to the development of innovative and entrepreneurial practices. 

We are interested in hosting presentations based on the topics of mentoring, coaching, and leadership, within the following strands: teacher mentoring, entrepreneurship, business, STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics), education, arts, humanities, health sciences, and others. We seek proposals that accomplish the following:


  • Build on the knowledge base of existing literature in the field of developmental relationships
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of existing mentoring, coaching, and leadership programs
  • Propose a methodology or evaluation model for developmental relationships
  • Suggest new ideas and best practices for successful developmental relationships 
  • Promote diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural relationships 
  • Introduce concepts and ideas to promote and develop innovative and entrepreneurial practices


Presentation Requirements

Presenters in the 2018 conference must meet the following requirements for their session (please read these carefully, as they are mandatory for all presenters):

Individual/Panel Sessions

  • Presentation: Presenters are assigned a 45-minute slot; we suggest a TED Talk format for the first 30 minutes of the presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A, and 5 minutes for the session's evaluation.

  • Paper: Submission of a 5–7 page paper on the topic of your presentation is mandatory. Papers will be peer-reviewed and published in the conference proceedings.

  • Optional Poster Submission: In addition to your individual/panel presentation, we strongly suggest to bring a poster to be displayed during the conference poster session. You do not need to write an additional poster paper; however, you will need to submit a Microsoft Power-Point file (template will be provided) with the content of your poster.

Poster Session

  • Presentation: Poster presenters will have two hours to display and present their poster during the allotted poster session.

  • Paper: Submission of a 1–2 page paper describing the content of your poster is mandatory. All poster presenters are also required to submit a Microsoft PowerPoint file (template will be provided) with the content of your poster.

Presenter Registration

  • Presenters must register for the conference; registration will grant access to 15 plenary/round table/poster sessions and more than 200 individual/panel sessions. As a token of our appreciation for presenters' contributions to our conference, accepted presenters will receive a 20% discount from the standard fee of $500. Please register a using your acceptance code here.

Call for Reviewers

The Mentoring Institute is seeking reviewers to assist at the 2018 Mentoring Conference. If you are a past presenter, or your abstract is accepted to this year's conference, you may serve as a peer-reviewer. This is a great opportunity to read and critically analyze scholarly work in the field of mentoring, coaching, and leadership. The annual conference brings in scholars from all over the nation, as well as international researchers.

Reviewers’ Commitment Includes

  1. Review 5–10 papers during the review cycle from July 1–30, 2018

  2. Complete a thorough review within allotted time, following review guidelines

  3. Provide constructive feedback to enhance the work to be published in the conference proceedings

If you are interested in becoming a peer-reviewer, please check this option in your abstract submission form or send an email to The Mentoring Institute regarding your interest in volunteering as a reviewer.

We greatly appreciate your assistance and encourage you to take advantage of this valuable opportunity!

Call for Moderators

The Mentoring Institute is also seeking volunteers to assist as room moderators. This is a great opportunity for networking and professional development, and to serve at a great community of practice.

Moderators’ Commitment Includes

  • Work at least three hours as session moderator.

  • Introduce the presenter(s) of the session

  • Facilitate presentation setup

  • Start/end sessions on time

  • Handout and collect session’s evaluations

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please check this option in your abstract submission form and send an email to The Mentoring Institute regarding your interest in volunteering as a session moderator and times you will be able to help out!

We greatly appreciate your assistance and encourage you to take advantage of this valuable opportunity!

Submission Process & Deadlines

  1. Call For Proposals: The 2018 Call for Proposals will be released on Wednesday, March 23th. Abstracts should be submitted through our website, and must not exceed 250 words.

  2. Abstract Submission: The extended deadline to submit abstracts is Monday, May 28th.  Authors will be notified of proposal acceptance or exclusion by Wednesday, May 30th.

  3. Presenter registration: Accepted presenters must register to the conference no later than Friday, June 15th. Failure to complete registration by this deadline will result in removal from the accepted presenter list; subsequently, vacant slots will be offered to other presenters.

  4. Last Date to Register as Peer-Reviewer: If you are a past presenter or your abstract is accepted to this year's conference, you may serve as peer-reviewer. The deadline to register as an peer reviewer is Friday, June 15th.

  5. First-Draft of Paper: If your abstract is accepted for a presentation, you are required to submit a 5–7 page paper on the topic of your presentation. The deadline to submit the paper is Saturday, June 30th.

  6. Peer Review: Papers will be peer reviewed and returned on Wednesday, August 1st with comments. You may choose to accept or reject these suggestions. 

  7. Final-Draft of Paper: Final paper submissions are due electronically by August 31th.

  8. Volunteer: The last date to register as a Volunteer is Sunday, September 30th.

  9. Standard Registration Deadline: The last date for standard registration is Sunday, October 14th.

Last Modified: Sep 12, 2018