Provide an opportunity for connection during a time of feeling disconnected
Provide an opportunity for staff to practice mentoring skills and learn from experienced mentors
Provide an opportunity for 1:1 conversations with set intentions
Reduce time commitments and pressure for participants
Opportunities to connect:
During the unusual 2020-21 academic year, we would like to provide an alternative to the traditional GWA Staff Mentoring Program. Staff members across the university are feeling the time crunch and pressures more acutely this year; however, they are still craving connections and professional development. We have scheduled six opportunities for drop-in peer to peer mentoring that is available to ALL Georgetown University Staff.
Each event will be 50-minutes long, starting with a 10-minute discussion and introduction to the reflection question of the day.
The participants will then be randomly assigned to break-out sessions to meet a colleague and provide peer-to-peer mentoring for a total of 20 minutes.
In these 1:1 conversations, you should:
Introduce yourselves (name, affiliation with university/job, why you came to the session)
Set an intention for what you hope to discuss and/or take-away from the conversation
Discuss the reflection question of the day
Discuss other career development questions/issues
After the break-out session, participants will return to the main room for a debrief.
Sample questions to use as a guide:
What are you doing well that is helping you during this time?
What are you not doing well that is challenging you during this time?
What will you do differently tomorrow to meet those challenges?
How can I help / where do you need the most help?
Each session will have a few topical suggestions to help guide the conversation as well. We hope you will join us for this experimental peer-to-peer staff mentoring program!
The GWA mentoring program provides an opportunity for early and mid-career Georgetown mentees to receive professional and career development advice from more senior Georgetown colleagues. And, it offers a chance for mentors to hone their leadership skills in a supportive environment—with an optional mentor training track.
Mentors (advisors): Staff/AAP who seek to share their knowledge and experience to help develop the next generation of Georgetown leaders. Please note: at the program launch event, mentors will receive a toolkit with resources on mentoring tactics and activities. They will also be invited to join an optional mentor training program.
Mentees (learners): Staff/AAP who wish to continue their development as professionals through a supportive relationship with a more senior leader on campus.
LAST EVENT FOR 20-21!
Thursday, June 10 / 4:00pm: CELEBRATION OF 20/21!
Brief overview on successes, lessons learned, celebrate showing up (5-10min)
Reflection Question/ Conversation (35-40min)
What are you proud of accomplishing in 20-21?
What are you proud of persevering through in 20-21?
What are you excited about for 21-22?
Share in a virtual banquet
Bring a “red/pink drink” (pink lemonade, cran juice, cocktail, or rose)
Bring your own frozen treat (ice cream, popsicle, mochi, etc!)
Schedule ONE, 30-minute, 1:1 zoom meeting with a colleague each week. This colleague could be someone you work with closely, someone you used to see on campus or someone you met through our monthly sessions. Set intentions about what you want your conversations to be, whether its about life right now or professional development:
Strengths and areas for improvement
Networking – introduce each other to colleagues you know who can help drive career conversations
Higher Education – what are some best practices you’ve learned over time?
Managing politics in the office and organization
Newest trends in technology
Managing conflict/miscommunication within the office or unit