NetworkPeninsula / MentWorks

NetworkPeninsula is pleased to offer this new Mentoring Program for our nonprofit members.
This program has been designed for multiple applications within individual nonprofit organizations AND among various nonprofits:

  • For Boards – senior/more experienced people mentoring junior/less experienced people
  • For New hires – new staff needing to be oriented, trained and assimilated into new roles
  • For Reverse mentoring – senior staff looking to junior staff to broaden their understanding, learn new skills, understand different perspectives, reignite their passion, etc
  • For Clients – by nonprofits whose services include mentoring their clients, perhaps adding to or at least strengthening what they already do for their community members
  • For One-on-one – with individuals from different organization in similar roles but at different levels of experience

INTRODUCTORY SESSION* – Mentoring Essentials:  The Purpose  —  June 7, 2019* — 11:30 am—1:30 pm — What is Mentoring?  What does a Mentor do?  What should a Mentee expect or ask from a Mentor?  What benefits result from Mentorship? This first session explores whether Mentorship is for you or your organization, how to define Mentoring, and how to begin to foster commitment to this important opportunity.

FUTURE SESSIONS (Dates to be determined by interest of participants in June session)

Mentoring Essentials:  The Match  —  This session adds strategy to the matching. How can you be sure that a Mentor/Mentee are a good match?  What assessment tools might help a Mentor or Mentee assess options for possible matches?  What information is important to gather during Mentor/ Mentee recruitment?   How can you determine the correct “level” of Mentoring and the proper Mentoring “investment” that fits the Mentor/Mentee expectations?

Mentoring Essentials:  The Relationship —- How do you build a Mentoring relationship with a complete stranger?  How can you build onto an existing coworker relationship to make this a true partnership in mentoring? This session uncovers the nuts and bolts for how to get the most out of a mentoring relationship – one that creates a mutually beneficial experience. This includes the ten critical building blocks that establish a strong foundation, how to build trust or deepen trust between the Mentor and Mentee, and how to turn shared expectations into a Mentoring agreement.

Mentoring Essentials:  The Work — So, you have a Mentor or Mentee, now what?  In some cases, mentoring without an action plan is as effective as a parachute that opens on the first bounce.  Every journey begins with a first step.  This session explores three elements that can lead to a strong start. Where do the Mentor/Mentee begin?  What role does a Mentee SWOT Analysis play?  How can the Mentor/Mentee use the SMART goal formula to optimize professional development?  How does a Mentor structure a professional development conversation with a Mentee using the GROW model, resulting in a thoroughly assessed action plan?

*If you are interested in joining us on June 7, please email Karen to reserve your spot.
We will meet at the Community Education Center in Denbigh, however, as with our new Leadership Cohorts, depending on interest at the Intro Session on June 7, we hope to offer this program in Williamsburg as well.

Program Facilitator:

Robert Kenney, Ph.D. has worked within the nonprofit sector since 1983.  Bob has taught in Duke University’s Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management since 1995 and in Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence for its first 9 years.  Bob has a doctorate in Organizational Psychology and has designed and delivered management, leadership, and team development workshops since 1993.  He works with nonprofit organizations, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing and biotechnology businesses, corporate service-based organizations, colleges and universities, local and state governments, as well as US federal government agencies.