University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center


Make Mentoring Work! What MENTORS Need to Know and Do

Spring 2018 - Coming Soon

3-hour workshop: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Networking social: 5:00 - 5:45 pm

Registration Coming Soon


(discounts for more than 2 people from the same organization)

Note: limited availability to keep the session small

1844 Sir Tyler Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405

  • Characteristics of high-quality relationships
  • Sources of dysfunction & case study analysis
  • Mentoring ethics & case study discussion
  • Learning conversations & role-play, fishbowl experience

The week before the program participants will be asked to complete a brief survey (online) to provide:

  • a short statement of your mentoring philosophy;
  • a self-assessment on mentoring skills;
  • information about desired skills to acquire

Mentoring is in demand and an important part of organizational life. Being able to coach and mentor others is expected of leaders today. This workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be an extremely effective mentor.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Ensure you are engaging and ways that promote high quality relationships.
  • Recognize and reduce mentorship dysfunction.
  • Analyze the ethical responsibilities for mentors.
  • Use the right activities for each stage of the mentoring relationship.
  • Implement at least two techniques that promote reflection and learning.

This fast-paced, interactive session will engage you in case studies, fishbowl experiences, and role-playing to maximize your learning and ability to implement new knowledge.

  • Enhance quickly your mentoring skills;
  • Contribute to a culture of mentoring in your organization;
  • Research-based evidence that has been shown to work;
  • Reflect on and improve upon your mentoring practice;
  • Enhance your mentoring relationship to maximize personal and organizational outcomes;
  • Meet others interested in improving mentoring.

New and experienced mentors have benefited from attending this workshop to polish their mentoring practices. This workshop is ideal for those who participate in formal mentoring initiatives as well as individuals who mentor informally. The workshop is targeted for participants who mentor in workplace settings.

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Laura Lunsford, Ph.D. is an expert on mentoring, leader development, and developing optimal relationships. Her work includes over 40 case studies, chapters, and articles on leadership, mentorship dysfunction, optimizing mentoring relationships, mentor benefits, and evaluating mentoring. Her work has been cited in Inc. Magazine, BBC Business News and featured by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. Her book, A Handbook of Managing Mentoring Programs, was published in May, 2016 and she edited the new Sage Handbook of Mentoring that presents the latest thinking and case studies on mentoring from around the world. She consults frequently consults with organizations on great mentoring.

She earned her BA and Ph.D. in Psychology at NC State University, with time at the University of NC, Greensboro for her MA. She was the 2009 recipient of the International Mentoring Association's Dr. Hope Richardson Dissertation Award. Dr. Lunsford was the Alumni Relations Director at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and was the first, full-time director for the prestigious Park Scholarships at NC State University. She was a tenured associate professor at the University of Arizona before returning to NC to direct the Swain Center, which provides executive education and professional development, in UNC Wilmington's Cameron School of Business.

She was a Southern transplant to the Southwest for eight years before returning to her home state, loves cycling, and is a practicing black belt in Shoto kan Karate. She enjoys gardening and eating her husband’s cooking.