Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring

If you've seen Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, picture Jack Nicholson's character chasing his son through the labyrinth in the unrelenting snowstorm. New grant professionals may feel out of control like Jack in that climactic moment, especially if their leadership is like Danny, anxious and hiding from the madman tracking their footprints in the snow. But newcomers to the grant world simply need information and strategic support to successfully navigate the grant labyrinth, and an experienced mentor can help lead them through the maze with mindfulness and calm.

Jodi and Ryan found each other through GPA's Mentor Match in August 2017, becoming one of the first matched pairs in the new program. Thanks to the resources provided by GPA and the Mentor Committee that developed the program, Jodi and Ryan were able to quickly establish a successful mentoring relationship. Since they have both felt energized, engaged, and appreciative of the experience, they want to share their story with others who haven't yet embarked on the mentoring path. Each of them has a unique perspective as mentor (Jodi) and mentee (Ryan) and will be able to speak to their strategies, lessons, recommendations, and personal growth as participants in Mentor Match.

This session will provide insights from the mentor and mentee perspectives about establishing a mentoring relationship. Participants will learn strategies, tools, and best practices for finding an appropriate match, preparing for the initial meeting, scheduling mentoring sessions, tracking topics discussed and follow-up items, setting goals for the relationship, measuring progress towards goals, and evaluating effectiveness of the mentoring experience in order to decide if, when, and how to bring closure to the relationship.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

A devoted Red Sox fan, Jodi is the Deputy Director of Development & Training at the California Primary Care Association. She has worked in grants management and education for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, as a teacher and trainer for Kaplan Test Prep, and as a Foreign Language Technologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jodi holds a PhD in French Literature from the UW-Madison, an MA in French from Middlebury College, and a BA in French & Theatre from Wesleyan University.

A complete greenhorn no more, Ryan has written grants at Memorial Regional Health since March 2017. Like most grant writers, he took a strange route to this profession: he started in journalism, moved with a big gulp to the polygraph field with sex offenders, circled back to writing for various publications while teaching community college English, and then transitioned here. Ryan has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and a BA in Journalism from Colorado State.