May 28, 2023

Hello, mentors and mentees!

As you move forward in your mentoring relationship, it is important to remember the Mentoring Program Objectives:

  1. Provide guidance and support to career professionals
  2. Encourage an exchange of ideas, practice, and scholarship
  3. Connect members, so as to foster community and longevity with NCDA
  4. Facilitate NCDA’s mission of providing professional development
  5. Promote the strategic plan of NCDA

NCDA supports these objectives by providing resources, which mentors and mentees are encouraged to use as they strive for a successful relationship. Recalling the mission of NCDA, it is understandable that there are many resources to choose from! We can help!

Why mentors and mentees should connect to these NCDA resources:

Podcasts - including a 3-part series on Mentoring Listen to career conversations that support your mentoring goals

Webinars - free viewing of recorded presentations

Watch subject matter experts present on the topics relevant to your professional work
The Hub - continuing ed courses, on-demand Select a new way to learn and grow  - a guided video tour of the NCDA website Join the tour and together learn more about NCDA resources; gain tips on how to put them to use in new ways
Constituency Groups - webpages located under Membership Connect with Board Trustees and their top resources for members working in each constituency area
Calendar of Events - linked on the homepage
View a variety of career-related events at the state, national and international level

By connecting to these resources together, both mentors and mentees grow professionally and personally!


As your mentoring relationship continues through the four phases: (1) initiation, (2) negotiation, (3) growth, and (4) closure, keep in mind the key points of each phase which aid the success of the relationship:


  • Building rapport – getting to know each other
  • Addressing ambivalence
  • Begin to build trust


  • Set boundaries
  • Goal setting: Formulate a working plan and map out strategies
  • Decide on the process for accountability
  • If the parties discover that they are incompatible it is at this stage to decide on how to part ways amicably.


• Expectations are clear.• Trust is apparent.• Authentic engagement - Mentor is sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and mentoring resources with the Mentee.• Learning phase for the Mentee• Goal tracking 







View this 3-minute video message from Sharon Givens about the third stage of mentoring:

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2023 Conference logoYou're Invited! 

WHO: NCDA Mentors and Mentees *

WHAT: NCDA Mentoring Program Reception

WHEN: Friday, June 30, 2023, 11:30am - 12:45pm (central time)

WHERE: the NCDA Global Career Development Conference in Chicago, IL

WHY: To meet your mentor or mentee, face-to-face, and others in the program

WHAT to DO: Register to attend the Conference, mark your calendar, check the conference app for the location, get ready to have fun! A complimentary light buffet will be served.

QUESTIONS? Contact Sharon Givens or Melanie Reinersman

* Note: This reception is only for current mentoring program participants. No RSVP is needed.


This month's Mentoring Reminders!


Are you utilizing the NCDA tools to nourish the growth, engagement and efforts toward goals in your mentoring relationship?
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View the Resources section of the NCDA Mentoring Program webpage to discover links, tips and insights for a successful mentoring relationship, such as:

  • Mentoring Program Guidebook
  • a form to ask the Ethics Committee a question




Please feel free to contact us (or each other, using the online Safe Conversations space) if you need additional resources.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the NCDA conference in June!

Sharon Givens
Mentoring Program Visionary

Melanie Reinersman
Mentoring Program Coordinator