Identifying and reaching out to a mentor can be a daunting endeavor. However, when the match is right, these relationships can blossom into lifelong personal and professional connections. Mentorships are usually considered a part of the growth and development of new professionals, but mid-level folks often find the shift to management means a new set of skills and knowledge to be mastered, and finding a mentor to assist with that transition is also helpful. Whether you are a new or mid-level manager, you will leave the session understanding how to find a mentor that has the right fit, how to establish ground rules with your mentor and examples of goals to set with your mentor. And if you are a seasoned professional, you will understand what mentees are looking for and how to pay it forward as you nurture the next generation of CE professionals.
Terry Ratcliff, Provost, Distance and Extended Education, Antioch University & Cara Nissen, Retention Manager, Weekend/Evening & Online College, Mount Saint Mary's University
Cara Nissen, Retention Manager, Weekend/Evening & Online College, Mount Saint Mary's University
Dr. Terry Ratcliff has served as the Provost for Distance and Extended Education at Antioch University since 2019. He oversees the fully online programs of the University and all academic technology support for the campuses and online and coordinates the non-credit continuing education efforts across all locations. Terry also provides support for special projects for the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. During his career in higher education, he has served as assistant dean of students, director of enrollment, dean of adult and continuing education, director of online learning, and chief academic officer. Terry has served in various volunteer positions in ACHE, including coordination of the mentorship program, and serves as a visiting team member for regional accreditation.
Cara Nissen is the Retention Manager at Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles (MSMU, Los Angeles) and works with our undergraduate adult learners. She has worked in career services, orientation, academic advising, and disability services in her previous roles. In her current role, she oversees student retention, persistence, and success through student success initiatives, engaging step-out returning students, online orientation, and oversees our adult student peer mentoring program.
As an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach, Cara established a peer mentoring program for first-year and transfer students in the College of Liberal Arts. She is a strong advocate of mentoring and believes in the power of mentorship.
One of her favorite quotes is, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey
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