Wednesday May 4, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM PDT
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Residence Inn by Marriott Bellevue-Downtown 
605 114th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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Lisa Fain
Center for Mentoring Excellence 
(630) 352-8694

Presenters Include

  Lory Fischler 2013
 Lory Fischler

Lory Fischler is the associate director of the Center for Mentoring Excellence and co-author of Starting Strong and The Mentee's Guide. She is a dynamic, insightful and seasoned professional with over twenty five years’ experience in consulting, training and coaching clients from a diverse array of organizations, including Fortune 500, healthcare, manufacturing, government and nonprofit organizations. In her role as the company’s program development specialist, she partners with clients to build customized mentoring and leadership training programs. She has developed particular expertise in assisting health care leaders create robust and sustainable mentoring programs.

 Lisa Z. Fain

Lisa Fain is the Center for Mentoring Excellence's lead in diversity strategy, cross-cultural competency, and conflict resolution. Lisa’s skill set reflects a unique combination of training, coaching and experience. As Senior Director of the Diversity and Inclusion function at Outerwall, Inc. (the parent company to automated retail giants Redbox and Coinstar), Lisa has spearheaded the development, establishment and implementation of its diversity initiative. Prior to assuming that position, she worked as Outerwall’s in-house counsel, where she coached leaders and partnered with Human Resources to establish fair and effective policies and practices that would sustain the organization as it grew in size, revenue and renown. 

Dr. Lois J. 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), and the 2012 revision of The Mentor’s Guide, five new Mentoring Excellence Pocket Toolkits, and over 100 published articles, Dr. Zachary has created a comprehensive set of resources for promoting mentoring excellence for individuals and organizations. Her most recently published book is Starting Strong: A Mentoring Fable, which she wrote with her colleague, Lory Fischler.


When executed well, mentoring increases retention, recruitment, productivity, job satisfaction, career development and leadership competency.  That's a big payoff.  But like any payoff, key stakeholders must invest time, resources and energy to make mentoring work. There is an art and a science to mentoring that can help mentoring efforts become more effective, consistent and sustainable. This conference is designed to help participants hone the art and learn the science.

This conference is for:
- HR professionals tasked with launching a mentoring program
- Mentoring program directors looking to enhance and expand their existing programs
- Organizational leaders who wants to learn more about mentoring
- New mentors who want to apply best mentoring practices
- Experienced mentors who want to elevate their mentoring skills
- Mentoring coaches looking for new strategies and best practices

Morning Workshops

Session One: Starting Strong: The First 90 Days

Presenter: Lory A. Fischler, Co-author Starting Strong

The first 90 days of a mentoring relationship are critical in forming an effective mentoring relationship. It is important to start strong so your relationship stays strong. This workshop is designed to accelerate the process of building a strong mentoring foundation. You will be introduced to six essential conversations that contribute to mentoring success during the first 90 days.   You will learn successful strategies for engaging with mentoring partners, and building a relationship, establishing mentoring agreements, creating goals that matter, managing stumbling blocks and checking in on progress. 

Session Two: Mentoring Across Difference

Presenter: Lisa Z. Fain, Vice President Leadership Development Services – Strategist


We often communicate most comfortably with people who are most like us, without fully appreciating or effectively bridging our differences.  Yet, it is our differences that enhance our learning. Mentors must be skilled in leveraging diversity and promoting an inclusive work environment, which requires new competencies, behaviors and tools. This workshop is designed to help mentors, mentees and program administrators, increase their cultural awareness and competence so they can create mentoring conversations that enhance learning and development.

Afternoon Workshop

Session Three: Building a Mentoring Culture

Presenter: Lois J. Zachary, Author and President of Leadership Development Services, LLC


A mentoring culture is the soil from which healthy mentoring relationships grow. This workshop is designed for individuals and teams who are responsible for designing, developing or implementing mentoring programs. You will learn the process of creating a vibrant mentoring culture, beginning with creating a shared vision of organizational mentoring, assessing organizational readiness, and designing appropriate mentoring opportunities. We will present eight hallmarks of a mentoring culture and introduce specific processes to assist you in supporting mentoring in your organization.

Consultation by Appointment

Sign up for a free individual consultation session with one of the presenters between 3:45pm and 5pm.

 Click Here for a more detailed copy of the agenda as well as biographies of our presenters. 

Program Fee (Includes Lunch)

Full Day Program: $595

Reserve your seat before March 30th and receive an early bird price of $550

Half Day Program: $400

Reserve your seat before March 30th and receive an early bird price of $350

If you have more than one person from the same company attending, contact us for group rates


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Our Mission

We are committed to promoting individual and organizational mentoring excellence. We accomplish this by providing: mentoring training, coaching, consultation and program evaluation. We’ve helped leading organizations around the globe create mentoring cultures, and we’re here for you.

Visit us at www.CenterforMentoringExcellence.com