Newcomers' Mentoring Program
In 2014 ALE launched a conference mentoring program which was created to foster an inclusive environment for first-time attendees and to help them better understand the association and to engage with others at the conference on a more personal level. This exciting new conference component and networking experience has been extremely popular and has increased the value of the conference experience for newcomers.
Newcomers, who are they?
ALE members and non-members who are attending the conference for the first time.
Mentors, who are they?
ALE members who have attended at least one ALE conference and feel confident in their knowledge of the association and their abilities to help assimilate newcomers into the conference in an inclusive and positive manner. These mentors take pride in the association and are committed to helping newcomers build relationships and find ways to become actively engaged with the association.
What is required of a mentor?
An ALE mentor is expected to do the following:
· Attend the newcomers’ reception and the opening reception on Sunday afternoon and evening. The newcomer's reception is the scheduled time for mentors and mentees to meet, so it is imperative that both mentors and mentees attend this event.
· Invite mentee(s) to dinner on Sunday evening (Dutch treat!). The director of the program will try to coordinate a group dinners for mentors and mentees at several locations close to the conference hotel.
· Introduce mentee(s) to their colleagues in ALE to facilitate networking and relationship building throughout the conference.
· Share at least one conference meal (scheduled breakfast or lunch) with their mentee(s) to ensure that the ALE experience is a positive one.
Newcomers may request a mentor as they complete the on-line conference registration form. ALE members can volunteer for the mentoring program as they complete the on-line conference registration form.
What to Expect
Mentors and newcomers cannot be from the same institution. Mentors and newcomers will be matched prior to the conference so that mentors can introduce themselves via email or telephone to their mentee before the conference commences. Both mentors and mentees should attend the Newcomers' Reception on Sunday afternoon, July 9th.
At the conclusion of the conference, mentors and newcomers will be asked to evaluate their experiences on the post-conference survey.
For additional information, please contact Susan Luchey at firstname.lastname@example.org.