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Building Your Skills as an Inclusive Mentor

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Garth A. Fowler, PhD
Mentoring and Communication Series

Good mentoring has multiple benefits, providing positive relationships and rewarding experiences for both the mentee and the mentor. It leads to increased productivity in work and research settings and promotes career satisfaction. Good mentoring can also increase accessibility and inclusion, which ultimately can increase diversity in the research and scientific workforce. But how can you ensure that your role as a mentor leads to an increased sense of belonging and self-efficacy in your mentees? This workshop will present general principles and guidelines that are the foundation of successful, inclusive, and meaningful mentoring.

- Distinguish and describe the difference between advising, mentoring, and sponsoring in a trainee/trainer relationship.
- Identify the characteristics of optimal mentoring and advising.
- Identify approaches and behaviors of effective, inclusive, and equitable mentoring.

Speaker: Garth A. Fowler, PhD, is a recognized leader in professional training for early career researchers and scientists. As a former Program Manager for Science magazine's Science Careers Program, a faculty member and graduate program director at Northwestern University, and an Associate Executive Director for the American Psychological Association, he has delivered well over 200 workshops, seminars, and presentations on career and professional development. A recognized expert in STEM workforce development, he has authored peer-reviewed manuscripts, articles, and whitepapers on preparing the next generation of STEM workers and given expert testimony and served on committees, panels, and taskforces for agencies like the National Academy of Sciences, The National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, and The Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He received his PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington and completed his postdoctoral studies at The Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling, traveling to see symphonies, and writes novels.

Contact: Molly Starback