Mentoring Satisfaction Found in Diverse Professions

My graduated mentee and I submitted a proposal to speak at an IMA conference (peer reviewed). The conference was cancelled, but then we were engaged as webinar speakers in place of the conference. The presentation was a compare and contrast session of both of our dissertations and experiences concerning mentoring. 

International Mentoring Association (IMA)
Cassondra Williams-Stokes
Roxanne M. Williams
Presentation Date: 
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Event or Conference: 
Webinar in place of cancelled conference
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
Boyer's Domain: 
Presentation Attachment(s): 
Presentation Location: 
1716 Las Lomas Road
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States
In place of the audience response system that was listed in our proposal (abstract above), the facilitator fielded questions for us.
Analysis and interpretation of two diverse mentoring perspectives, presented by two practitioner-scholars, will keep audience participants thinking about implications for their mentor programs and practices. An audience response system (clickers) will allow participants to provide their input throughout the presentation. Discussion will be focused upon: Formal mentoring programs and informal mentoring programs, education mentoring programs and government/business mentoring initiatives, racially diverse mentoring pairs, relational satisfaction, quantitative research and qualitative research, and research results combined with practical experience. Personal experiences of a PreK-12 mentor-teacher coordinator and a state government employee with leadership roles will enlighten audience participants on the mentoring practice similarities and differences across professions. PreK-12 mentor teacher program overview materials will be provided from a formal mentoring program. Strategies to implement informal mentoring programs in the workplace and the possible outcomes will be shared during this discussion. Mentor success stories will enrich the understanding of diverse program implementation. Presenters’ mentoring research will provide data to connect to their lived experiences. Quantitative results from The Relationship Survey will help exhibit the relational satisfaction that can be achieved through formal mentoring. Additionally, professional teacher development will be shown to occur through mentor-inductee pairs mutually learning, teaching, and leading each other in a structured initiative. Results from qualitative interviews will demonstrate the impact of informal mentoring on state government employees. Discussion of the lived experiences of African American women, will aid audience participants’ understanding of how mentoring is a catalyst to assist women to advance in their careers. Data will demonstrate interview results: employee professional values revolved around relationship building to advance careers, the role a supervisor played in career advancement, overcoming barriers in the workplace, and strong work ethic practices. A mix of research results, practical experience, and audience participation make for a perfect blend of knowledge for future mentor program implications and practice.