2017 Pre-conference Workshops

Jane Lewes Eileen Murphy

A Pragmatic Approach to Mentoring

Jane Lewes     and   Eileen Murphy  

Part A will focus on the six building blocks required to guarantee a mentoring relationship of genuine worth: the personal ethics of the mentor, the preferred learning styles of mentor and protegee, the learning agreement between mentor and protegee, the protegee’s learning plan (“route map”), notes to track progress, the mentor’s reflections on practice.

Our experience in designing and delivering workplace mentor development programs confirms that these “building blocks” are the foundation of every effective mentor: protegee relationship, providing a clear framework for building mentor competencies to underpin excellent practice. We will introduce each one, encouraging exploration through short and snappy practical exercises to reinforce learning. show more

Chad Littlefield

The Power of We: Creating Community through Positive Social Risks and Conversations that Matter

Chad Littlefield Co-founder and CEO of We!  

How might we create more conversations that matter? Chad Littlefield, TEDx speaker, will facilitate a deep dive pre-conference session to unpack this question. You will be left with a compelling and thoughtful perspective on how to break down communication barriers and boost connection and engagement in your programs. The session will introduce a new framework for viewing our interpersonal interactions leading to the development of critical skills for success in mentoring relationships. Chad’s style is lively, highly interactive, and rooted in both research and stories of his practical experiences working with clients. To make the power of "we" come alive, we will experience exercises featuring We! Connect Cards™ - a tool being used in over 50 countries around the world to create conversations that matter. show more

Laura Lunsford

Evaluating Mentoring Programs: A Review of Benchmarks and Assessment Techniques to Monitor and Improve Your Program.

Laura Lunsford University of North Carolina Wilmington  

Successful mentoring programs are tailored to individual and institutional needs. In this workshop you will review common elements to successful programs, while developing benchmarks and creating a plan to monitor and improve your program. This interactive workshop will review case studies and ideally, examples from participants to engage in learning that ‘sticks’. Bring what you use in your evaluation efforts to the workshop for group sharing, critique, and improvement. You will learn how to: design activities that support program goals; monitor activities and relationships for early interventions; collect evidence; and, prepare compelling reports. All attendees will receive a copy of Lunsford’s recent Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs.


2017 Plenary Sessions

Tammy Allen

Mentoring that Matters: Using the Power of Mentoring to Help Veteran Transitions

Tammy Allen University of South Florida  

With an estimated average of 200,000 talented and experienced military members transitioning from the military to the civilian workplace each year, U.S. companies and organizations have responded in concerted fashion to assist with this transition and take advantage of this strong source of talent. Veterans adjusting to the civilian workplace culture face a number of challenges such as different levels of uniformity and formality in language, dress, conduct, etc. In this talk I will review the features of mentoring programs designed to help veterans with this transition and their potential for impact for the veteran workforce population.

Ann Betz

This is your Brain on Mentoring: The Neuroscience of Creating the Optimal State for Receptive Engagement

Ann Betz Co-founder of BEabove Leadership  

As human development practitioners, whether mentors, coaches, or counselors, we are ultimately concerned with wanting those we serve to connect, engage, and be able to make the changes they desire. In this fun and lively plenary session, neuroscience and human development expert Ann Betz will take you through current research on the neuroscience of connection and engagement, exploring how we can more effectively put others’ brains in an open, receptive state where learning and change can occur. show more

David Clutterbuck

The Future of Supported Mentoring — What’s Happening Now and What Comes Next?

David Clutterbuck European Mentoring and Coaching Council  

With a few, isolated early exceptions, supported mentoring programmes emerged less than 40 years ago. Their evolution over that time has been rapid, both in North America and around the world. show more

Lillian Eby

East Meets West: How Mindfulness Might Be Leveraged to Enhance Mentoring

Lillian Eby University of Georgia  

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the application of mindfulness principles to organizational and educational settings. Mindfulness is a state of consciousness characterized by awareness and observation in the present moment without reactivity or judgment. There are also reliable between-person differences in mindfulness, suggesting that mindfulness has trait-like features as well. The evidence base linking mindfulness to positive psychological, behavioral, and physiological outcomes is strong and well-established. show more

Lisa Fain

Cultural Competency in Mentoring: Strategies for Connecting Across Difference

Lisa Fain Center for Mentoring Excellence  

There is near universal consensus that paying attention to Diversity and Inclusion is beneficial for student, staff and faculty engagement and organizational success. Often, organizations employ mentoring programs to effect inclusion, or to help promote diversity within the organization. Rarely, however, do participants in these mentoring initiatives understand how much difference in culture, background and perspective can impact the mentoring relationship or how to leverage those differences to maximize the effectiveness of mentoring. This session will introduce a model of cultural competency, create deeper understanding of the pillars of culture, and offer concrete strategies on how to leverage differences to create understanding, trust and results in mentoring.

Bob Garvey

Adding to the Mentor’s Repertoire or Innovation in Mentoring Practice Through Coaching Skills

Bob Garvey  

Both mentoring and coaching often share similar skills and processes. Much depends on the context and the purpose of the mentoring as to when to use coaching skills.

In this keynote I will explore the skills from a specific technique in coaching known as ‘solution focus’. This is a particularly effective process in helping people to resolve difficult problems and enabling them to become ‘unstuck’. show more

Brad Johnson

Competence, Boundaries, and Cultural Humility: Toward a Mentoring Code of Ethics

Brad Johnson US Naval Academy, Johns Hopkins University  

Strong and enduring developmental relationships often progress along a relational continuum from transactional and formal to transformational and relational. As a relationship becomes more mutual, reciprocal, and emotionally bonded, mentors may experience several relationship-based ethical tensions. After all, like all human relationships, mentorships are fluid, complex, and sometimes messy and dysfunctional. Persistent mentoring tensions and quandaries often center on relationship formality, competence in the mentor role, advocacy versus evaluation, privacy and confidentiality, intimacy and attraction, boundaries, equal access by diverse mentees, and cross-cultural competence. This plenary session will frame mentoring relationships as fiduciary relationships, special relationships in which a mentor accepts the trust and confidence of a mentee to act in the latter’s best interest. Mentors must act with the utmost good faith and—whenever possible—always for the benefit of the mentee. This session will conclude with a proposed mentoring code of ethics.

Frances Kochan

Exploring the Cultural Aspects of Mentoring

Frances Kochan Emeriti Auburn University  

Mentoring is a complex and varied relational endeavor, which is growing in international prominence. The success of failure of mentoring programs is dependent upon many factors. Among the most prominent, and yet also most overlooked of these factors are the cultural values, beliefs and mores of the individuals, organizations and the society in which the relationship or program exists. Although there is an expansion of mentoring endeavors on an international scale and increasing recognition of the impact of culture on mentoring endeavors, the research on this topic, although growing, is still very limited. show more

Chad Littlefield

Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations that Matter

Chad Littlefield Co-founder and CEO of We!  

How might we foster a culture of asking more powerful questions? Chad Littlefield, TEDx speaker, presents a compelling and thoughtful perspective on how to make a shift in both mindset and a culture from a place of "me" to a place of "we."

The session will introduce a new suite of tools for building relationships of trust in a mentoring context. Chad’s style is lively, highly interactive, and rooted in both research and stories of his practical experiences working with clients. The purpose of this session is to transform regular conversations into high-impact moments of learning and development. Additionally, everyone will leave with concrete, fresh tools to better their mentoring programs.

Maggie Werner-Washburne

Embracing Who We Are: The Significance of Narrative in Successful Mentoring and Inclusion

Maggie Werner-Washburne University of New Mexico  

In thinking about decades of mentoring, I have come to believe that mentoring success comes from the two-way conversation, a sharing of narratives between mentor and mentee. When we think of “what stuck” in what we gave a mentee and what they gave us, it is usually the story of each person that we remember. So, as mentors, it is incumbent on us to spend time remembering our personal narratives, pulling out the lessons from our experiences, and thinking more deeply about “our” story. show more

Lois Zachary

Looking Back/Moving Forward

Lois Zachary Center for Mentoring Excellence  

Lois Zachary surveys the mentoring landscape and reflects on how it has evolved over the last ten years. She offers her unique perspective on how the terrain has changed, what the lay of the land is now and what the most likely next stage will be. Dr. Zachary will offer practical tips and raise penetrating questions for us to reflect on and discuss together as a community of mentoring researchers and practitioners moving forward.

Last Modified: May 03, 2017