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Professional Mentoring Programs

IMA Conference: April 26-28, 2017

Share and learn about mentoring at the International Mentoring Association conference co-hosted by UNCW April 26-28, 2017.


UNCW written in the sand of Wrightsville Beach


  • Mentors and mentees
  • Mentoring program leaders in higher education, K-12 education, youth mentoring, government, business/corporate, legal, medical, non-profit, consulting, including practitioners
  • Researchers of mentoring
  • Policymakers interested in mentoring


Learn the latest research and best practices around professional mentoring.

Conference Information


The conference is being hosted by UNCW in beautiful Wilmington, NC. Request the official visitors guide!


There are three hotels near the campus offering a rate of $99/night. Rooms are still available at:

Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach
Call 910.256.9600 and request the International Mentoring Association group block.

You can read more about the hotels available here.

Transportation to/from airport is not provided; transportation to UNCW from the hotels in the morning/to the hotels from UNCW in the evening will be provided.


Keynote Speaker: Judy Girard, Food Network & HGTV

Judy Girard

"Are you Building a Resume or a Legacy?"

Judy Girard is a long-time television executive, having worked extensively overseeing programming, production, and operations at both TV stations and Cable networks.

Upon her retirement in 2008, the National Academy of Arts & Sciences bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Emmy to Ms. Girard.

Her career began in 1968 as a management trainee for Walter Annenberg’s Triangle Broadcasting. She served as a production assistant to Dick Clark before becoming a producer-director of Newscasts and Specials.

In 1979 she joined Hearst Broadcasting as Director of Programming at WBAL-TV Baltimore and then on to their flagship station WTAE-TV Pittsburgh.

In 1987, NBC placed her at WTVJ in Miami. In 1988 she went to NY to oversee programming and operations at the flagship station, WNBC-TV. A few years later she was named VP of Program Development for the NBC owned and operated stations where she helped develop such shows as Maury Povich and Jerry Springer.

In 1993, Ms. Girard became Senior Vice President of programming and production at Lifetime Cable Network. The network moved into the top 10.

Wanting a break from business, in 1997 Ms. Girard took a year to travel with the Dalai Lama, climb Mt Kilimanjaro, get married, and just do life.

With batteries recharged, she jumped at the chance to turn around the fledgling Food Network for the EW Scripps Company. Food Network became the fastest growing cable network in 2002 and today still consistently places in the top 10.

In 2005, Ms. Girard assumed the Presidency of Scripps’ flagship network, HGTV, now the number 3 cable network in the country.

Ms.Girard is the co-founder of the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW),the first single gender, non profit charter school in North Carolina. The school educates young women from largely economically challenged families and rigorously prepares them for college, leadership, and success.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Dawn Chandler, Associate Professor of Management, McColl School of Business

Dawn Chandler

"Navigating Mentoring: Formal Programs & Networks"

Dr. Dawn Chandler is a recognized authority on organizational development, organizational behavior, mentoring and coaching. Her knowledge of and experience with talent management and strategic human resource management enables her clients to make effective human resources decisions and create innovative programs.

Dr. Chandler has more than 20 years of experience in consulting, doctoral and master's studies and corporate experience in the recruiting (finance and accounting) and finance industries.

Dr. Chandler is savvy with translating research into practical solutions for real-time business issues and challenges. She consults with corporations, bringing value through the identification of key business drivers and practical business solutions.

Dr. Chandler is very accustomed to working with the national media. She has appeared on CNN's HLN multiple times and written or been interviewed for articles featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes.com and the Los Angeles Times.

Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh"Mentoring High Potential Leaders"

Richard Walsh brings over 20 years of industry experience providing advanced expertise in leadership, transformation, mentoring and coaching. Rich served as an executive at AT&T, IBM, GE and Bull of France, as well as an associate dean of a business school in executive education. Rich currently serves as senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership(CCL), where he works with global clients in designing and delivering such topics as change, executive presence, communications, global leadership, spanning boundaries, talent management, strategic thinking, and innovation as well as mentoring talent.

2017 Workshops

The pre-conference workshops will take place from  8:30 AM to 11:30 AM on April 26th. (Sign in at 8:00)

Applying Self-Mentoring with Coaching and Mentoring: Tools for ALL Leaders in ANY Setting

Marsha CarrDr. Marsha L. Carr, a National Milken Educator, Teacher of the Year, and Fulbright Specialist, is on the faculty as associate professor in educational leadership at UNCW after previously serving a decade as a school superintendent.  She is an international consultant to business and education on self-mentoring and author of Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader (English and Spanish versions), Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader Manual, and a self-mentoring app developed by APPLE.

Workshop: Are you successful in reaching goals? Do you want to improve your arsenal of strategies and skills to be more successful personally and professionally? Self-mentoring is a learner of any age, profession, gender, race, or ability willing to initiate and accept responsibility for self-development by devoting time to navigate within the culture of the environment to make the most of the opportunity to strengthen competencies needed to enhance leadership skill. Self-mentoring, coupled with mentoring and coaching, provides strategies in navigating in any setting to create change – waves of change. Develop your toolkit of practices to be successful in ANY environment.

Models for Mentoring Advanced Career Professionals

Randy KohlenbergRandy Kohlenberg is a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he has taught trombone performance studies and courses in music education since 1985. Currently, he is Assistant Director of the School of Music and Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Kohlenberg’s recent work has focused on mentoring advanced career adults who may be dealing with issues that have prevented them from being effective, respected as colleagues, and able to enjoy satisfying and healthy pre-retirement years.

Workshop: Substantial numbers of professionals continue to remain in their careers and even teach into retirement. Through a project intended to rejuvenate the careers of long-term professionals, mentoring has been demonstrated to generate a profound impact on the concluding years of a career of service. Working through a one-to-one informal mentoring approach and concluding with the concept of self-monitored mentoring, the extended years of professional educators were transformed from being unproductive and just waiting to retire to an empowered revitalization in the delivery of instruction, working toward initiating significant studies and projects, and engaging colleagues and learning community.

Leadership in Action: Creating Mindful Mentoring Programs

Carol RadfordCarol Pelletier Radford is the founder and CEO of MentoringinAction.com. Carol began her career as a public school teacher where she served in leadership roles and received numerous awards. She received her EdD from Harvard University where she focused her studies on mentoring and teacher leadership. Her journey continued in higher education where she served as an administrator, a mentor trainer, and a licensing officer. She recently published the 2nd editions of her two books; Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing and Reflecting with Novice Teachers and the companion book for novice teachers, The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher. She works with a team of dedicated teacher leaders who empower mentors and novice teachers in realizing their full potential as teachers and emerging leaders. MentoringinAction.com offers resources in the spirit of “paying it forward” to support the success of students.

Workshop: Research shows that mentors are important, yet their preparation and the design of effective mentoring programs is often limited. In this interactive session participants from varied backgrounds will: 1) reflect on their journey into mentoring, 2) discuss 5 principles for mindful mentoring, 3) review steps to creating a “train the trainer” leadership mentoring program, 4) learn how to train mentors effectively online and, 5) practice mindfulness strategies that promote clarity and focus. Using videos, hands-on activities, paired share, and small group listening processes, participants will explore ways to apply these ideas to their own contexts. All materials will be accessible online after the session.

Building a Culture of Mentorship: Mentoring and Coaching Skills for Effective Leadership

Allison McWilliamsAllison McWilliams is the director of Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Career Development within the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. In June 2010, Allison returned to her alma mater to develop and lead the University’s Mentoring Resource Center, which provides training, support, guidance, and resources for formal and informal mentoring relationships across the University. Prior to joining the University in June 2010, Allison was a public service faculty member at the University of Georgia.

Workshop: This pre-conference session will explore the opportunities and challenges inherent in building a culture of mentoring within an organization, particularly in the face of internal or external change. Included in the session will be an examination of the biases and burdens that we each bring to our roles as organizational or programmatic leaders, definitions of “success” and the power dynamics that create those definitions, as well as specific strategies to engage stakeholders, build collaborative partnerships, and elevate the strategic value of mentorship within an organization. Participants will learn how to use mentoring and coaching skills as part of any strategic initiative, including the development of mentoring programs, and how to use advocacy in their conversations as both ethical and necessary work of the leader to support her/his own and others’ development.