Leadership Mentoring Circles

  • 26 Jan 2011
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • UNO Thompson Alumni Center


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The January program invites Mary Perfrontaine, the Executive Director of ICAN to share the leadership mentoring circles program.



Leadership Mentoring Circles

"People with strong and good mentors enjoy more promotions, higher pay, and greater career satisfaction.  They feel a sense of belonging, which makes their lives meaningful." 

McKinsey Quarterly, Fall 2008


ICAN: Institute for Career Advancement Needs is pleased to offer: Leadership Mentoring Circles for the Organization Development Network.  Experience for yourself the power of mentoring circles at the January 26th session.


Mary Prefontaine will share her program:

Many graduates from our leadership programs ask, “What’s next for me? Where can I go to make community connections like I’ve made through my ICAN experience? How can I continue to evolve myself?”


Our response to the research indicating leaders need mentoring, and our graduates’ requests, is Leadership Mentoring Circles. Our program design uses Margaret Wheatley’s model of shared inquiry and dialogue, and supports the idea that “a leader is anyone willing to help.” Unlike traditional corporate mentoring programs, ICAN’s program is based on peer-to-peer conversations. We believe every leader needs the opportunity to be supported as a mentee, while also possessing the wisdom to serve as a mentor.


While many corporations have in-house mentoring programs, ICAN’s program takes a new and different approach. At ICAN, we have redefined and reframed mentoring to mean co-creative relationships centered on our capacity to lead through our ability to connect with one another. The outcome becomes a relationship based on trust and goodwill that can result in clarity and courage for all.


“There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”

•-       Margaret Wheatley

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