Friday, March 24, 2017

Q&A about the EvCC Mentoring Conference

April 7 marks the 2nd Annual Mentoring Conference hosted by Everett Community College in Everett, WA. The Mentoring Conference is a full day of networking, speakers and workshops focused on sharing best practices, bright ideas and both individual and institutional experiences with mentoring. 

Because mentoring focuses on the future, we believe that the more successful a mentoring program is, the more successful an institution can be. A strong institution supports both students and staff to achieve their goals, and mentoring can contribute to helping a person reach those goals.

Q: Who will be at this year’s conference?
A: We are proud to have Brandy Brown, PhD. as our keynote speaker. Brandy is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Organizational Leadership program at University of Arizona South. Her keynote presentation will be: Unlocking the Power of Cultural Intelligence in Mentoring. Brandy will also be presenting a session during the conference. We’re so lucky to have her!

Q: What are some session titles?
A: Here’s a short list of some of the exciting sessions at the conference (and there are many more!):
  • Reflective Practices in Mentor/Mentee Relationships
  • Improv for Team Building, Creativity and Trust
  • The Power of Staff Mentoring
  • Peer Mentoring for Retention and Leadership Development
  • A Guide by my Side: Reflections on Mentoring Throughout a Career
  • Get That Group Going! Mentoring Tools for Teams
  • Beyond Yoda and Luke: An Alternative Faculty Mentoring Model
  • Mentorship for Faculty of Color
Q: I heard there is a pre-conference workshop. What’s that all about?
A: This year we have a special workshop on Designing a Successful Mentor Training. What are the keys to a successful mentoring partnership? The first step is a training to provide mentors with the necessary tools to create quality mentoring relationships and programs. This workshop will guide participants in developing a training for potential mentors in their organization. Note: the pre-conference workshop is now sold out. 

Q: Will I have a chance to network at the conference?
A: You bet! We have registrations from CTCs across the state as well as various agencies such as DSHS. We will begin the day with an opportunity to network and meet lots of new friends over coffee and a light breakfast, and continue those rich conversations at lunch (and afterwards at the Mentorium!)

Q: Mentorium? That sounds interesting. What is a mentorium?
A: At the end of the day, the MENTORIUM is your place to dream, explore, connect with your peers, and reflect on All Things Mentoring.  We will model a mentoring icebreaker using a fun tool.  Then, there will be opportunities to have informal conversations with mentoring groups focusing on faculty, women, men, students, and perhaps a wild card group!  This is also an opportunity to bring your own table topic to find like minds for a discussion, or you can talk shop with your colleagues and new friends.  We will help you activate your imagination with light snacks and beverages.  Join us at The MENTORIUM for a meaningful and joyful end to your conference experience.

We hope to see you on Friday, April 7th for the Mentoring Conference, or at the pre-conference workshop on April 6th. Want to know more? Visit the conference website or email us at

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