The Art of Becoming a Better Mentor and Mentee - Introduction
Part of workshop on mentoring lead by Donna Dean, executive consultant for Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and retired senior federal executive for the National Institutes of Health, and Cynthia Simpson, the chief business development officer for AWIS. The workshop was tailored to a community of both women and men and faculty, staff and students.
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[00:00:00.410]Good morning everyone.
[00:00:01.466]My name is Cindy Simpson.
[00:00:02.865]I am Business Development Officer
[00:00:04.409]with the Association For Women in Science
[00:00:06.261]and I'm very happy to see all of you here today.
[00:00:09.078]We are going to be talking about mentoring.
[00:00:10.504]It's going to be a very interactive discussion
[00:00:13.657]over the next three hours
[00:00:15.502]so that's why we asked you to come forward
[00:00:17.325]so you could form small groups during the remainder
[00:00:20.460]of the morning that we're here.
[00:00:22.654]We'll have a break in the middle of the session
[00:00:25.203]so you can get up and stretch, get some refreshments,
[00:00:27.875]before we reconvene and--
[00:00:31.563]A little bit closer?
[00:00:33.161]Oh, there we go.
[00:00:34.316]I was wondering.
[00:00:35.431]I was like, "Doesn't seem like it's on."
[00:00:36.592]I'm going to turn it over to my esteemed colleague,
[00:00:38.825]Dr. Donna Dean, to introduce herself as well.
[00:00:41.459]Hi, I'm Donna Dean.
[00:00:43.744]I'm a chemist undergraduate, biochemist PhD work.
[00:00:50.998]I actually joined the Association For Women
[00:00:53.071]in Science in 1971 when it was established
[00:00:56.933]when I was a graduate student
[00:00:58.436]and I spent the vast majority of my career
[00:01:01.664]in the U.S Federal Government,
[00:01:04.061]mostly at the National Institutes of Health
[00:01:07.190]doing lots of management and policy
[00:01:09.100]and administrative jobs and my last job there
[00:01:12.225]was being founding direction of it's new
[00:01:14.690]National Institute on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
[00:01:18.225]and after that I worked for five years for a government
[00:01:21.964]relations lobbying firm in Washington
[00:01:24.338]and I've been really retired for six years
[00:01:27.711]and have done a lot of volunteer work for AWIS
[00:01:31.350]working with Cindy and our executive director
[00:01:33.829]doing these kind of workshops,
[00:01:35.455]so it's really nice to be here.
[00:01:37.039]I've done a lot of thinking about mentoring over my career
[00:01:40.041]and upon retirement the AWIS National office
[00:01:44.493]prevailed upon me to write a couple of books for AWIS
[00:01:47.947]so I've done that in my retirement
[00:01:50.751]and I look forward to sharing some of my experiences
[00:01:54.652]as we go through our discussions today.
[00:01:58.553]Back to you, Cindy.
[00:02:00.323]All right, we'll start by first talking about AWIS
[00:02:05.159]just to give you a little bit of context of who we are.
[00:02:07.382]We've been around since 1971 and we focus on
[00:02:11.271]helping women to be successful in the workplace
[00:02:16.107]and we also do that through our various areas of focus
[00:02:22.727]that are listed up here on the screen.
[00:02:24.420]Advocacy is important to us.
[00:02:26.829]We have a full time public policy person
[00:02:29.352]that works in our office in Washington DC
[00:02:33.052]and interfaces with our elected officials
[00:02:35.797]and our federal agencies on topics of importance
[00:02:38.862]to women in STEM.
[00:02:40.832]We also develop a number of programs
[00:02:43.495]through our data and research that we collect
[00:02:46.277]and the program that you're participating in today
[00:02:48.899]is an example of one of those.
[00:02:50.751]We also have, on our website, a number of webinars
[00:02:54.043]and we also offer a variety of webinars,
[00:02:58.123]both live and recorded, that our members have access to.
[00:03:02.818]We also, as I've mentioned, have a director of research
[00:03:08.956]who does a lot of research and collects a lot of data
[00:03:11.684]that we then turn into white papers, case studies, etc.,
[00:03:15.293]that we push out to our elected officials
[00:03:18.360]and to our partners, our institution
[00:03:21.285]and corporate partners which I'm responsible for
[00:03:23.398]as well as to our members
[00:03:25.103]and then the fourth component which is very, very important
[00:03:28.217]relates back to our membership, our chapters,
[00:03:30.614]and our affiliate groups and here at the university
[00:03:33.621]we have a UNL affiliate group
[00:03:36.686]and I understand that they have a Facebook page
[00:03:40.546]that you can join and if you are not aware
[00:03:44.714]of the affiliate group and would like to be involved,
[00:03:47.758]you can access the main points of contact,
[00:03:51.135]Jessica Barnett is one of them.
[00:03:53.753]Jessica, you're back there, right?
[00:03:55.494]Wave your hand.
[00:03:56.497]There she is.
[00:03:57.514]And if you'd like to get more information,
[00:03:59.465]is anyone a member of the affiliate group?
[00:04:02.470]Has anyone heard of AWIS.
[00:04:04.196]We have a few people.
[00:04:06.398]So, if you would like more information,
[00:04:08.242]we would love to have you join
[00:04:10.047]our community of over 20 thousand people
[00:04:12.242]and we would appreciate your support
[00:04:15.434]at the local level as well
[00:04:17.042]because a lot of things happen, as you all know,
[00:04:19.310]at the grassroots level.
[00:04:24.542]So, we're gonna jump right into that interactive discussion
[00:04:27.584]where we talk about who you are, why you're here,
[00:04:33.126]your affiliation to the university,
[00:04:35.223]so we'd like to pass around the mic
[00:04:39.465]and if you could state, again, your name,
[00:04:44.828]your affiliation to the university,
[00:04:47.417]and then what would you like
[00:04:49.003]to take away from today's session
[00:04:50.728]or why exactly are you here,
[00:04:52.579]so I'll start here, we'll work our way around
[00:04:55.058]and eventually we'll finish up.
[00:05:00.509]My name Sidney Everhart.
[00:05:01.560]I'm a new faculty member in
[00:05:03.038]the department of plant pathology
[00:05:04.729]and what would I like to take away?
[00:05:07.975]Short notice here.
[00:05:09.009]I guess, how can I promote and get more women
[00:05:12.330]into my field of science which is, at least at UNL,
[00:05:16.896]fairly underrepresented at the faculty level.
[00:05:19.538]You know, graduate students up
[00:05:22.162]to post docs we're doing okay,
[00:05:23.706]but at the faculty level is where we have this big disparity
[00:05:26.411]and so I want to be a good advocate for women.
[00:05:33.834]I'm a master's student at SNR
[00:05:36.415]and I'm just interested in learning more about AWIS
[00:05:39.481]and how you can help me to be a better graduate student.
[00:05:45.170]Hi, I'm Nicole Bachelor and a technician
[00:05:47.428]in the virology center
[00:05:48.868]and also a master's student in Plant Pathology
[00:05:52.312]so I'm trying to be a mentor and a mentee
[00:05:55.474]in kind of a new sticky lab.
[00:06:01.790]Morning, Paul Hanson, I'm a faculty member
[00:06:04.573]and Associate Director of the School of Natural Resources
[00:06:07.154]and the administrative team is responsible,
[00:06:11.055]in part, at least, for mentoring young faculty
[00:06:14.770]and graduate students and so we're always interested
[00:06:16.806]in learning what we can in sessions like this.
[00:06:22.554]Hi, I'm Pat Shay.
[00:06:23.671]I'm a professor, faculty member, School of Natural Resources
[00:06:27.183]and I also am serving as the coordinator for mentoring
[00:06:32.574]within the School of Natural Resources
[00:06:34.339]and so I'm particularly engaged in mentoring
[00:06:40.213]and I'm always looking for ways that we can
[00:06:43.400]all be better mentors and how we can better receive
[00:06:47.667]the mentoring that's being offered to us
[00:06:50.982]from various sources.
[00:06:56.669]Hi, Martha Rhodes.
[00:06:58.133]I'm in the School of Natural Resources.
[00:07:00.507]I'm a research manager and, just like my personal life,
[00:07:05.788]my professional life I'm always striving
[00:07:08.333]to be a better person so I'm wanting to take
[00:07:11.417]some messages away today about mentoring
[00:07:14.445]or being mentored.
[00:07:22.962]Hi, I'm Becca Howard and I'm a new assistant professor
[00:07:26.470]in the Statistics Department and pretty much
[00:07:29.315]I would repeat everybody else.
[00:07:31.279]I'm just here to learn some new ideas
[00:07:33.541]and anything that's helpful.
[00:07:40.408]I'm Kelly Smith.
[00:07:41.627]I'm a longtime staff member at
[00:07:43.392]the National Drought Mitigation Center
[00:07:45.702]and I'm also in a graduate PhD program here
[00:07:48.918]and eager to learn both about mentoring and being a mentee.
[00:07:56.761]Hi, I'm Crystal Stiles.
[00:07:57.939]I'm an applied climatologist at the
[00:07:59.909]High Plains Regional Climate Center
[00:08:01.904]which is here in the School of Natural Resources
[00:08:03.934]and, just like everyone else, I'm really here
[00:08:05.578]just to learn about being a better mentor and mentee.
[00:08:11.575]Hi, I'm Natalie Umflet.
[00:08:12.788]I am a climatologist and interim director
[00:08:15.598]of the High Plains Regional Climate Center.
[00:08:17.711]I'm also halfway through a PhD program.
[00:08:20.004]So I'm a mentor and a mentee at the same time
[00:08:24.270]so I'd like to learn some new techniques
[00:08:26.647]to be better in that way
[00:08:28.073]and also I'd like to be more of an advocate
[00:08:31.238]for women in science.
[00:08:32.664]I know that I have struggled at times
[00:08:34.588]and I don't know a single woman
[00:08:37.395]who hasn't struggled at times
[00:08:38.980]and I think that, you know, bringing this group
[00:08:42.179]together with both women and men in the same room
[00:08:44.652]is really important and I think it's a great place to learn.
[00:08:51.765]Hi, I'm Melissa Penelo with
[00:08:53.934]the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
[00:08:56.413]I'm a wildlife biologist there.
[00:08:58.143]I work with the Natural Legacy Project
[00:09:01.109]which is our state wildlife action plan
[00:09:03.321]and I'm interested, today,
[00:09:05.294]in learning how to become a better mentor
[00:09:07.059]to a lot of our seasonal staff and volunteers
[00:09:11.082]that help with implementation of the wildlife action plan.
[00:09:16.242]Hi, I'm Erin Bower and I'm in entomology department.
[00:09:18.599]I'm a faculty member there
[00:09:20.122]and I do a lot of advising of our online students
[00:09:24.248]and so that's what I'm hoping to get,
[00:09:25.588]be able to help advise and mentor our students better.
[00:09:31.477]Hi, my name is Carl Erinson.
[00:09:33.356]I'm a graduate student here.
[00:09:35.062]From this workshop, I'm looking to gain
[00:09:37.640]some skills right now so that
[00:09:39.491]I can be a more effective mentee
[00:09:41.866]and in the future be a mentor
[00:09:43.609]and hopefully be able to apply things there.
[00:09:47.862]Hello, I'm Erika Brible.
[00:09:49.041]I'm a Designs and Mathematics undergraduate.
[00:09:51.293]I'm looking at learning more about AWIS today.
[00:10:02.205]Hi, I'm Laura Appleby.
[00:10:04.945]I'm a post doc here.
[00:10:06.609]Pretty new in biology education
[00:10:09.416]and I've benefited a lot from mentoring,
[00:10:12.868]specifically for women in science
[00:10:15.088]so that's why I'm here and that's why I'm here.
[00:10:18.542]It's why I'm here and it's why, what I want to get out of it
[00:10:22.255]too is, like, give back basically.
[00:10:25.101]Hi, I'm Audrey Forisitor.
[00:10:26.280]I'm a research associate for the (mumbles) department
[00:10:29.143]and I'm here to learn how to be a better mentee
[00:10:31.889]and maybe eventually be a mentor.
[00:10:39.143]Hi, my name is Susanna Fernandez
[00:10:41.572]and I'm in the Plant Pathology Department.
[00:10:43.528]I'm interested in learning more in mentoring
[00:10:48.021]because I'd like to go back home in my country
[00:10:51.800]and pursue the mentoring and help to have more women
[00:10:58.197]in my country who can get science has a place to go through
[00:11:03.073]and I would like to continue to learn the many skills
[00:11:06.036]because I think I'm going to pursue my degree, my PhD,
[00:11:10.980]so I think I will be better prepared for that.
[00:11:15.873]I'm Ashley Allred.
[00:11:16.872]I'm a master's student here at SNR
[00:11:18.741]doing science literacy research
[00:11:20.812]and I would like to just learn more about
[00:11:24.772]what makes a good quality mentor and mentee.
[00:11:29.306]Hi, I'm Heather Burkenroller, post doc here at SNR.
[00:11:30.821]I'm just looking to learn about
[00:11:33.631]how to promote women in science.
[00:11:37.817]Hi, I'm Christine Haney-Douglas
[00:11:39.587]and, two hats again like some of the others in this room,
[00:11:43.159]I am on staff here in the Environmental Studies program
[00:11:47.487]so I'm a mentor for my undergrads,
[00:11:50.413]but I'm working on my PhD so also looking to not self advise
[00:11:55.249]in my program or career any longer
[00:11:58.035]so looking for some mentorship.
[00:12:02.342]Hi, my name is Lisban Romer.
[00:12:04.391]I'm a faculty member split between the School of Vet Med
[00:12:06.812]and the School of Natural Resources.
[00:12:08.697]Maybe I'm not holding this close enough.
[00:12:10.998]And I'm interested in both sides of the relationship
[00:12:12.948]and how your thoughts and tips
[00:12:15.767]would differ at different levels
[00:12:17.638]from undergrad through post doc and faculty.
[00:12:21.539]I'm Jenny Dower.
[00:12:22.613]I'm a faculty member here in the School of Natural Resources
[00:12:24.488]doing science literacy research
[00:12:26.315]and I think as a relatively new faculty member
[00:12:30.092]I think I'm interested in both learning more
[00:12:32.755]about mentoring graduate students in particular
[00:12:35.866]and also figuring out what a
[00:12:37.915]mentoring relationship looks like
[00:12:39.825]for me and what relationship I should have with a mentor.
[00:12:47.488]Thank you all very, very much.
[00:12:49.804]It's a good way to break the ice
[00:12:51.389]and get everybody talking because won't be too long
[00:12:53.867]before you'll be talking again.
[00:12:55.917]Just to go over the agenda very quickly
[00:12:58.639]in terms of what you're expected to receive today
[00:13:01.832]throughout the morning.
[00:13:02.824]We're going to be talking about context and data
[00:13:06.075]as it relates to mentoring to provide you with information
[00:13:08.676]that you can utilize and put into your own framework.
[00:13:12.610]We'll be talking about communications
[00:13:15.201]because communications and communication issues
[00:13:17.679]are very important and an important component
[00:13:19.792]of an effective and successful mentoring relationship.
[00:13:23.206]We have a really fun exercise that we'll have you do
[00:13:24.994]to underscore some of the points we'll be talking about
[00:13:28.283]during that frame.
[00:13:30.236]We'll also be providing you with information
[00:13:33.010]to form a mentoring tool kit
[00:13:34.822]where we'll give you pragmatic tips and tools
[00:13:37.790]and techniques that you can utilize
[00:13:39.477]so that when you leave today
[00:13:41.248]you'll be able to develop your own mentoring plan
[00:13:44.377]based upon the information that we're going
[00:13:46.449]to be providing to you and at the end,
[00:13:49.375]hopefully we'll have time for some questions
[00:13:51.505]and a wrap up, however feel free to ask questions
[00:13:54.181]throughout the presentation.
[00:13:55.992]We don't want you to wait until the very end.
[00:13:57.867]This, again, is very interactive
[00:14:00.849]and we welcome your questions.
[00:14:04.296]Learning objectives are outlined on the screen
[00:14:07.530]as far as what we hope you will take away today
[00:14:11.731]and what you should receive after you leave here.
[00:14:16.485]An understanding of the core concepts
[00:14:17.950]of mentoring is very important
[00:14:20.063]as well as identifying opportunities,
[00:14:22.212]particularly as it relates to mentoring, networking.
[00:14:27.152]We'll be talking about some of the different components
[00:14:30.750]of mentoring, the differences between mentoring,
[00:14:33.553]coaching, sponsorship, why supervisors may or may not
[00:14:38.770]be viewed as mentors.
[00:14:41.622]We'll be getting to that discussion.
[00:14:43.387]And then achieving information through informal
[00:14:47.288]networking and relationships that you all
[00:14:51.737]will be developing here.
[00:14:53.730]Networking, again, is an important component
[00:14:55.537]of mentoring and we'll be talking about that.
[00:14:57.754]I want to say, too, that I'm very happy.
[00:15:00.233]We do a number of these presentations
[00:15:02.305]and we noticed over time that more and more men
[00:15:04.637]are attending the presentations
[00:15:06.590]because the information that we talk about
[00:15:09.010]is important to both women and men
[00:15:12.191]so thank you all for being here today
[00:15:15.111]and particularly for our male colleagues
[00:15:18.194]who we like to view as our allies and advocates
[00:15:21.119]on behalf of women in STEM and what we do
[00:15:25.572]so welcome to everyone.
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