The 2016 IMA Conference will be held at the Auburn University Dixon Hotel and Conference Center, Auburn, Alabama on April 13 – 15.

There will be two great PreConference Workshops offered for those of you who want practical tools and advice for strengthening your mentoring programs. These PreConference Workshops will be from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13. The descriptions of the PreConference Workshops are below.

Dr. Frances Kochan
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Cultural Factors That Impact Mentoring: Strategies for Relational and Program Success
Positive organizational cultures and personal understanding can foster mentoring success. Likewise, misunderstandings and hidden cultural mores can hinder program and relational success. Yet, these elements are often overlooked. The presenter will share strategies for identifying personal and organizational elements in the culture that should be addressed and aid participants to develop plans to deal with them in order to assure program and relational success in mentoring endeavors. It should be helpful for those already engaged in mentoring programs and those planning to develop and implement them.
Dr. Lois Zachary
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Making the Most of Mentoring: What You Need to Know and Do During the First 90 Days 
This pre-conference workshop by Starting Strong author Lois Zachary covers the six essential conversations mentors and mentees need to hold to launch and build strong and successful mentoring relationships. You will learn about critical role of preparation, how to build trusting, open and honest relationships, how to maximize mentoring time, how to encourage mentees to take charge of their own learning and how to address stumbling blocks without jeopardizing the relationship. Attendees are encouraged to read the book Starting Strong before the session.

The main conference starts with lunch at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 13. It will conclude with lunch on Friday, April 15.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Brad Johnson
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Noted mentoring author, speaking on “What Master Mentors Do” and “Top Ten Ethical Quandaries in Mentoring (And How to Resolve Them)”

Dr. W. Brad Johnson is Professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist and former Lieutenant Commander in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps, Dr. Johnson served as a psychologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Medical Clinic at Pearl Harbor where he was the division head for psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Teaching Excellence Award. He has served as Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including more than a 100 articles and book chapters and 12 books, in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics, and counseling. His books on mentoring include the 2nd edition of On Being a Mentor: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty (2015): The Elements of Mentoring (2008), Getting Mentored in Graduate School (2003) and forthcoming in 2016, Guiding Athena: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women.

In addition to the Keynote Speaker sessions, numerous hour-long workshop sessions will be offered. New this year are:
* A Corporate Strand for those overseeing mentoring programs in small and large corporations
* Job-Alike Roundtables for those working in Youth Mentoring, K12 Education, Government, Non-Profit Social Service, Corporate, Higher Education, Research, and Consulting.

Pre-Conference Registration – $125

Early Bird Registration*

Members – $275

Non-Members – $325

Normal Registration**

Members – $325

Non-Members – $375

*Early Bird Registration – Before February 26, 2016
**Regular Registration – After February 26, 2016

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