University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center


Mentoring Programs that Work

Coming Fall 2018


UNCW Swain Center is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Professional Development Credits (PDC). This program is valid for 7 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

UNCW Faculty/Staff/Students/Alum receive a 10% discount. Choose the appropriate rate when registering for Swain programs online. If a UNCW department is funding your participation, use the Promo Code “SEAHAWK” to register online and initiate billing to your department with an IDI (internal Invoice). You can not pay with a UNCW Purchasing Card.

UNCW Campus

Cameron Hall 104

Parking Information

Coming from out of town? We'll reserve rooms at a discounted rate at the Blockade Runner for you!

I. Developing a strong foundation for your mentoring program. The overarching goal is to put in place the infrastructure that will enhance mentoring relationships.

  • Clarify program goals,
  • Discuss how to engage stakeholders, and
  • Develop strategies to recruit, match and orient the right protégés and mentors to your program. 

II. Support high quality relationships while recognizing and reducing dysfunctional relationships.

III. Learn how to evaluate/assess mentoring efficiently.  

Course fee includes:

  • Workbook and handouts
  • Boxed lunch
  • A Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs by Dr. Laura Lunsford

Download the course brochure

Millennials desire mentoring and mentoring programs provide an important way to pass on your organization's valuable knowledge. This session will help your organization leverage mentoring to get maximum results. Same time and money by avoiding common mistakes. Learn the key elements to a great mentoring program that will promote a mentoring culture.

Every participant will leave with a:

  • one page description of your mentoring program with resources mapped to activities and program outcomes;
  • recruitment plan to find the right protégés and mentors (who, how and when);
  • strategy to make the best match between protégés and mentors;
  • a program briefing to orient participants to your program;
  • methods to accelerate participant learning with enhanced crucial conversations;
  • 3-5 ways to assess your success.

Learn from real case studies on how to improve your mentoring program. You will leave with an actionable plan for the next offering of your mentoring program.

This program is designed for human resource professionals and other individuals who oversee a formal mentoring program.

This intimate, interactive workshop is designed for you if you are a new or experienced mentoring program manager who has oversight for a mentoring program and a desire to improve it. You will develop plans for designing (or redesigning) your mentoring program and learn how to support flourishing mentoring relationships. You’ll also develop your professional network by sharing with and learning from other mentoring professionals. Course fee covers your own personal copy of Laura's Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs (valued at $50).

"Great workshop. I learned a lot."

"I didn't realize I knew so little about mentoring programs. Really helpful information."

Laura LunsfordDr. Laura Gail Lunsford has spent the last eight years at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she was an Associate Professor in psychology. She taught classes on the psychology of leadership and the psychology of happiness, and she is a frequent consultant and speaker nationally and internationally on optimal relationships and leadership development. She was Duke University's Fuqua School of Business first alumni relations director and went on to found the Park Scholarships at NC State, where she was its first, full-time director. She received her BA and PhD in psychology from NC State and her MS from the UNC-Greensboro.