Mentoring Notes from PI Meeting

November 11, 2010 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

We recently attended the annual ADVANCE PI Meeting.  During the two-day event, we attend the workshop “Mentoring that Works,” presented by Dr. Donna Dean, Professor Miriam Rossi, and Professor Barbara Whitten.  Notes and reflections include:

  • watch for iceTo the woman looking to be mentored: mentoring is not cloning.
  • You want to find multiple advisers for the many facets of your professional career.
  • Seeking advice and lessons that you can adapt and adopt for yourself.
  • One of the strongest points presenters made about their participation in an alliance or peer-mentoring group was an incredible decreased sense of isolation.
  • These women (the other participants in their alliance) were similar to them, but not in direct competition; and they were personally committed to the group.  They even used Skype to cost-effectively video chat with each other every other week.
  • These alliances were funded (and given credibility) through an NSF ADVANCE Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) award.
  • Participants also reported the support they received from peers made them a better mentor themselves.
  • For program sustainability they identified the following key components:  composition, credibility, and meetings.
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