Developing Successful Mentoring Relationships

Developing Successful Mentoring Relationships
Friday, August 7, 2015, 9:15 AM – 10:25 AM
Presenter: Dr. Howard G. Adams
Location: Plaza Ballroom


Effective mentor/ protégé relationships are those built on principles like flexibility, commitment, trust and mutual respect. An effective mentoring relationship requires both the mentor and protégé to agree on specific goals and to work on ways of achieving them. A good mentoring relationship is one in which protégé can be independent, but knows there is a source of effective advice and constructive feedback. In this workshop, participants and presenter will interactively examine the role of mentoring and how mentoring relationships can be developed in graduate school and extended beyond. The presenter will identify effective mentor traits, how to select one or more mentors, and how to foster a dynamic and productive relationship between mentor and protégé.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Howard G. Adams has written, lectured and consulted extensively on developing people in both academic and workplace settings. Howard is the author or co-authored of fifteen self help guides and handbooks. In 2002 the National Society of Black Engineers awarded Adams its Golden Torch Award “Lifetime Achievement in Academia.” In 2004 he was named both the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education’s and ”2004 Distinguished Alumni” and the Norfolk State University School of Science and Technology’s Alumni Star.”


From 1978 to 1994 Adams served as Executive Director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM). Adams holds a B.S. from Norfolk State University, M.S. from Virginia State University, and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

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