Bridging Differences: Leaning Into It, Learning From It and Leveraging It

Thursday, May 2, 2019
11:00 am MST - 1:00 pm MST

Ever wonder why your mentoring relationship never took off? Why it did not meet your expectations or took an unexpected turn? There is new research to help! We are honored to be the first group to hear about the new book developed by leading edge experts: Dr. Lois Zachary and Lisa Fain: Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring: Lean Forward, Learn, Leverage.

Lois and Lisa will help us to explore how curiosity can be a bridge to many relationships including mentoring (which is their sweet spot)! The art is in knowing how to notice, appreciate and use the differences that in the past may have been the roadblock.

Dr. Lois Zachary

Lois Zachary is an internationally recognized expert on mentoring. Her first book on mentoring, The Mentor’s Guide, was published in 2000 and has since has become the primary resource for organizations interested in promoting mentoring for leadership and learning and for mentors seeking to deepen their mentoring practice. With her best-selling books Creating a Mentoring Culture (2005), The Mentee’s Guide (2009), the 2012 revision of The Mentor’s Guide, Starting Strong: A Mentoring Fable, five Mentoring Excellence Pocket Toolkits and more than 100 published articles, she created a comprehensive set of resources for promoting mentoring excellence for individuals and organizations. She and Lisa are hard at work writing a new book with the working title Bridging Difference: A Better Way to Mentor to be published by Berrett Koehler in January 2020.

Dr. Zachary founded Leadership Development Services, LLC and its Center for Mentoring Excellence. Her innovative mentoring approaches and expertise in coaching leaders and their organizations in designing, implementing and evaluating learner-centered mentoring programs have been used globally by a wide array of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, educational and other institutions — profit and nonprofit.

Lisa Z. Fain,  CEO, Center for Mentoring Excellence

Lisa Fain is Center for Mentoring Excellence’s CEO, and an expert in the intersection of cultural competency and mentoring. Lisa also founded Vista Coaching, a division of Center for Mentoring Excellence, which provides group coaching for professional women looking to design and live their best lives. Her passion for diversity and inclusion work fuels her strong conviction that leveraging differences creates a better workplace and drives better business results

As Senior Director of the Diversity and Inclusion function at Outerwall, Inc., Lisa spearheaded the development, establishment and implementation of its diversity initiative. For almost a decade, Lisa practiced law in the Chicago office of a multinational law firm, where she counselled employers on creating inclusive policies and practices.

Event Details

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Gladly Restaurant


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