STAFF MENTORING CIRCLES
The Staff Mentoring Circles Program is a yearlong professional development and mentoring initiative for Case Western Reserve staff, created in response to ongoing feedback from long-standing and newly hired employees who attempt to manage information flow across campus and by departments within divisions. These circles aim to increase the exchange of information between members of different department/units from across the university.
Staff Mentoring Circles were also designed to enhance personal and professional skills, forge new relationships and develop strategies to increase performance. The model of a mentoring circle lends itself to an open exchange and dialogue of various perspectives, including informal support networks; and the program runs from October through April.
What happens in a mentoring circle?
Each mentoring group consists of 7 staff participants (mentees) that meet once a month with one designated facilitator (executive mentor) for the purpose of enhancing leadership practices, networking skills, and knowledge transfer. Participants simultaneously act both as mentors and mentees under the guidance of the Executive Mentor as they exchange experiences, challenges, opportunities, and advice for the purpose of enhancing self-confidence, communication skills, leadership practices, and commitment to one’s career.
Why mentoring circles?
Mentoring circles are based on an action learning methodology whereby circle participants are encouraged to facilitate learning through asking open questions rather than offering advice and are encouraged to engage in self-reflection practices. Participants remain together as a co-hort throughout the program but will also meet as a larger group to share insights as well.
Who are the executive mentors?
Our mentors are executive level staff that have been selected based on their past experiences, expertise, and desire to support professional development initiatives for staff level employees. They serve as guided discussion facilitators that encourage learning and self reflection.
Senior Executive Director
Donor Relations, University Events, and Presidential Protocol
Topic: Powerful Networking
Associate Dean for Executive Education
Weatherhead School of Management
Topic: Career Development
Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration, Information Technology Services
Topic: Managing Professional Relationships
Associate Vice President for Campus Planning and Facilities Management
Topic: Leadership Presence
Staff Mentoring Circles program structure:
The Staff Mentoring Circles program takes place from September through April of the following year. Participants must be prepared to commit to all sessions. Mentor facilitated sessions are brown bag lunch sessions that will take place at various locations throughout campus. Lunch will be provided at co-hort group sessions.
|Orientation/meet & greet - (lunch provided)||September 12, 2013||12:00-1:30 pm||
Thwing 1914 Lounge (2nd Floor)
|Mentoring Circle Session 1||October 10, 2013||12:00-1:30 pm||
|Mentoring Circle Session 2||November 7, 2013||12:00-1:30 pm||
|Group Networking - (lunch provided)||December 5, 2013||12:00-1:30 pm||
Thwing 1914 Lounge (2nd floor)
|Mentoring Circle Session 3||January 9, 2014||12:00-1:30 pm||
|Group Networking - (lunch provided)||February 6, 2014||12:00-1:30 pm||
Thwing 1914 Lounge (2nd floor)
|Mentoring Circle Session 4||March 6, 2014||12:00-1:30 pm||
|Closing Reception - (lunch provided)||April 3, 2014||12:00-1:30 pm||