In the challenging world of conservation, our need for help is great, and community members respond eagerly to our calls for assistance. Conservation leaders engage the service of many volunteers, interns and coworkers, who vary in experience, age and expertise, but may not realize their role as mentors to them. What is mentoring? How can conservation leaders serve as mentors without being overwhelmed? Mentoring is dynamic, rapidly transitioning from traditional models of expert-novice dyads which “mentor at” to collaborative, mutually beneficial networks of “mentoring with” our partners. Given the diversity of our collaborators, this contemporary approach appropriately benefits everyone and utilizes our limited resources effectively. Participants in this workshop will explore how mentoring differs from supervision or training, what mentors and mentorees can offer one another, and how to develop effective mentoring networks, then discuss their own mentoring opportunities, challenges and needs. Participants will receive materials to take home.
Mentoring 101: (Em)powering Your Network
Grand Valley State University