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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.

The workshop aligns with the following GPC competencies: (1) Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking, and (2) Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers.

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


Jodi is the Director of Education for the California Society of Association Executives, where she oversees a portfolio of programs that offers more than 80 in-person educational opportunities to nearly 3,500 participants each year. She has worked with health and education non-profits since 1997, including as Director of Grants, Data, & Research at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and most recently as the Deputy Director of Development & Training at the California Primary Care Association, where she secured more than $34 million in funding over seven years from public and private entities, including awards for core support, special projects, and event sponsorship.

In his two years of writing grants at Memorial Regional Health (MRH), Ryan has secured more than $500,000 in awards for healthcare services and staff education. His biggest source of funding thus far came from the Health Resources & Services Administration's (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)-Planning initiative; through this award, MRH is the lead entity in an interagency group working to address existing gaps and opportunities in prevention, treatment, and recovery services for people with opioid use disorder in the four counties of Northwestern Colorado.