Sunday 4 p.m.–4:50 p.m.

The Art of Mentoring and Being Mentored (because we are all always both)

Jess Unrein

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Let’s explore the lifecycle of a mentorship. Mentorships are relationships like any other that need to be started, maintained, and ended with intentional effort and care. We’ll talk about how to identify, grow, and gracefully end mentoring relationships.


Mentorships are some of the most important relationships we can foster for professional and human development. Whether or not we realize it, most of us are simultaneously mentors and mentees to many people in our lives. The best way to improve the strength and health of those relationships is to recognize them, focus on growing them, and acknowledge when a mentorship has outlived its usefulness.

In this session we’ll explore the lifecycle of a mentorship. First we’ll discuss finding mentors and making yourself available to mentees. Next is growing those relationships. Mentoring is a partnership built on trust and mutual respect. Third, we’ll talk about how to set healthy boundaries and manage mentoring with other professional and personal responsibilities. Last, we’ll talk about why a mentorship might draw to a close, and how to make an amicable break.

By the end of this session the audience will be better equipped to engage in mentoring relationships out in the world. They’ll be able to recognize informal mentorships, intentionally seek out mentors and mentees, and take care of themselves in the process of helping others grow.