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Wednesday, January 29, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

A Profile of the Mentors of Mumbai Program: Workplace Integration for First Time Job Seekers

Priya Agarwal, Founder of the Antarang Foundation, a non-government agency, Mumbai, India

This webinar will present the Indian employability context, especially the challenges that young adults face, and the Mentors of Mumbai model. It will focus on how mentoring is used as a tool to enable workplace integration for first time job seekers. The presenter is Priya Agrawal, the Founder-Director of Antarang Foundation, an organization that systemically addresses the gap between education and productive employment for high risk youth. India’s employment ecosystem lacks the crucial aspects of career guidance and planning at all levels and the Mentors of Mumbai program supports young adults in the job force.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 – 1:00 pm EST – 2:00 pm EST

Addressing the Needs of Early Career Teachers through Mentoring

Dr. Ben Kutsyuruba, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Keith Walker, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

This webinar will discuss the role of mentoring in addressing the needs of early career teachers. It is based on the extensive multi-phase pan-Canadian research study that examined the differential impact of teacher induction and mentorship programs on the retention of early- career teachers (ECTs). The webinar will describe the findings from the international systematic review of the literature on contextual factors in early career teaching, document analysis of policy and programmatic supports, new teacher survey (N=1343), and interviews (N=36) regarding their lived experiences during the first years of teaching as they dealt with the requirements, expectations, and challenges. Key themes related to the role of mentoring will be discussed: teacher attrition and retention; teacher development; and resilience and wellbeing. The webinar will conclude with the discussions of research implications for policymakers, academics, and practitioners who work with early career teachers in international settings.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 – 4:00 pm EST – 5:00 pm EST
(Friday February 28, 2020 - 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Australia)

Before They Leave: Intergenerational Mentoring Research

Melissa Richardson, Co-founder and Managing Director - Art of Mentoring, Australia

Governments and employers are becoming increasingly aware that they are facing a substantial departure of wisdom, experience and knowledge with Baby Boomer retirement.  This research explores the existing dynamics between the generations in the workplace, along with the expected changes that will occur with this mass exit. How well organizations manage this significant transition will shape their future success. Through six focus groups and surveys of more than 300 people across three generations in the workplace, we explored how governments and employers can prepare and use mentoring strategically to lessen the impact of the Boomer exit. In this webinar we will present the research findings and share our Five Top Tips for success.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 11:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST

Emotional Intelligence Development via Mentoring - A Framework

Rimjhim Banerjee-Batist, Ed.D.,
Assistant Professor, Business Programs, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL

Soft skills and competencies are now increasingly sought after by employers while the economy has moved its focus from manufacturing to service and technology. Soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and conflict resolution all need employees to have a high degree of self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, and social awareness which are the pillars of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence, the ability to manage emotions, make good decisions & have good relationships, accounts for majority of job performance. A mentor can work out a plan for developing emotional intelligence of the mentee (maybe even vice-versa through reverse mentoring), by reflection and various reflective activities. After the plan is developed, the activities can be implemented, and the progress of the mentee can be reviewed and revised through a continuous improvement process.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 11:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST

Leveraging Mentoring for Gender Equality: What Women Wish Men Knew About Cross-Gender Mentorship

Brad Johnson, Ph.D., US Naval Academy

IMA Conference 2021 Keynote Speaker

Annual research evidence reveals stagnation on progress toward gender equality in the workplace. In addition to a persistent gender pay gap, women are underrepresented in positions of significant leadership in many fields. Although mentoring and sponsoring relationships offer a proven strategy for addressing these disparities, in the post #MeToo era, research evidence from Lean In, Bloomberg, Forbes, and others reveals that men are reluctant to engage women in deliberate, public mentoring relationships. This practical webinar with the author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women, will summarize research evidence bearing on what women say they find most useful in cross-gender mentoring experiences and how men can use these findings to become more effective colleagues and mentoring partners for women in the workplace. This webinar will offer practical strategies for men and women who want to be intentional, inclusive, and excellent at leveraging mentorship to create a more diverse workforce.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – 11:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST

Mindful Mentoring: How to Inspire Your Mentee in Ten Minutes or Less

Carol Pelletier Radford, Ed.D., “Mentoring in Action”

Mentors and mentees are busy people and it is often challenging to find time to meet. Is it possible to have a purposeful conversation in 10 minutes or less? In this webinar you will learn how a mentor 1) prepares for a "mindful mentoring" conversation, 2) intentionally selects a protocol for a short meeting, and 3) reflects on the effectiveness of the meeting. Webinar attendees will watch a short video and notice what the mentor is doing to transform a frustrated mentee's perspective in less than 5 minutes. The webinar will also include a handout with topics for short meetings.  Scheduling mentoring conversations can be challenging, but if we use our time intentionally, we can influence the way we provide “just in time” support on a more consistent basis. There will be time for questions and an opportunity to reflect on how these ideas can be applied in any any mentoring context.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020 – 11:00 am EST – 12:00 pm EST

IMA Accreditation and Certification Program

Nancy Phenis-Bourke, Ed.D., CEO and President, International Mentoring Association, Naples, Florida
Donna Augustine-Shaw, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership,
Kansas State University

Join in this webinar to learn about the IMA Accreditation Program process as well as the individual certification program. Promote your organization’s productivity and your personal skill levels through the IMA programs.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 3:00 pm EST – 4:00 pm EST

Strategic Mentoring with the INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (IDP)

Noro Andriamanalina, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

How do we encourage mentors and mentees to maximize their mentoring relationship?  How do we encourage mentees to assist mentors in thinking strategically about the mentor’s role over time? This webinar will focus on a strategic approach to mentoring using the Individual Development Plan (IDP) as a tool for effective communication and relationship building for mentees and mentors. The session will outline the IDP process, benefits to using the IDP and offer examples developed by doctoral students and postdocs across disciplines at the University of Minnesota.

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