Why Mentoring Matters

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Megan Cole, Research Analyst, ATD and Jennifer Labin, Chief Talent & Diversity Officer, MentorcliQ

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Mentoring programs can play a critical role in talent development in any organization. Formal mentoring programs—those that have clear objectives and guidelines—are found in roughly a third of organizations, according to research by ATD.

In this webcast, we will discuss common mentoring program structures, benefits, and objectives. You’ll also hear recommendations for developing and strengthening your mentoring programs. You will learn about:

  • the definition of formal mentoring programs
  • the effectiveness of formal mentoring programs
  • the barriers organizations face when creating formal mentoring programs
  • what type of training is incorporated into formal mentoring programs.


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Megan Cole
Megan Cole

Research Analyst, ATD

Megan Cole is a research analyst at the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Her primary responsibilities include creating and programming surveys, cleaning and analyzing data, and writing research reports for publication. Prior to working at ATD, she worked as a market research analyst for a marketing company that specialized in association marketing. Megan received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Central Florida. She earned a doctorate in communication from Arizona State University.

Jennifer Labin
Jennifer Labin

Chief Talent & Diversity Officer, MentorcliQ

Jenn Labin is the owner of TERP Associates, a team that seeks to grow talent and ignite potential. For 15 years, Jenn has had success working with a wide spectrum of organizations, including large private sector businesses, government and military operations, and higher education institutions.

Jenn is the author of Real World Training Design, a visual quick guide for creating exceptional results within tight budgets and timelines. Her second book, Mentoring Programs That Work, will be published in February. She co-authored a chapter in the ASTD Handbook, 2nd edition, and has been published in the Pfeiffer Annual: Consulting journal. Her work can also be found in 101 Ways to Make Training Active, How to Write Terrific Training Materials, and the ASTD Trainer’s Toolkit app. In addition to her writing and consulting work, Jenn facilitates a number of ATD workshops, including Essentials of Developing a Mentoring Program, Essentials of Learning Design Methodologies, and the Project Management for Learning Professionals Certificate. Jenn has a BA in digital art and an MA in instructional systems design from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.