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Dr Roxanne Reeves

Mentoring as an empowerment tool for women in the #metoo #time’sup era

Stream: Learn
Area: Mentoring
Type: Workshop
Style: Experiential

Session on Thursday, Apr 25, 10:55
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Let’s amplify a challenge that gender as a planning factor for diversification brings. There are not enough senior women to mentor junior women. Men will be mentoring women. But in the era of #MeToo, if certain men avoid women in closed-door work settings, they presumably do so because they fear unfounded sexual harassment claims. Such behavior is discriminatory, based on stereotyped attitudes and the outcomes disadvantage women. Mentor networks shape the course of careers by regulating access to jobs, providing mentoring and sponsorship, channelling the flow of information and referrals, augmenting power and reputations. People with mentors are more likely to get a promotion than people without mentors both in the general world of work and also in the military.By flipping the power structure women can use mentorship as an empowerment tool. This session will help you best assess steps and measures required to guarantee a mentoring relationship of genuine worth. Participants will receive a range of takeaway tools.


Dr Roxanne Reeves speaks on leadership and is an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of resiliency, human transformation, and mentorship. She not only has a rewarding consulting and research career, studying the intersections of entrepreneurship, diversity, and mentorship but as a teacher, is also a mentor to students in the Faculty of Leadership Studies at the University of New Brunswick (Canada); many have gone on to very successful careers in science, medicine, business, and the NGO sector.

Her passion for mentorship is driven by her direct experience with stigma and learning disabilities. She shares in the TEDx Talk, ‘Mentoring Is Broken: Here’s How to Hack It’ how the combinations of intellectual curiosity, emotional gratification, and an elevated-risk tolerance have meant a surprising and rewarding career. You will also come to know she is a friendly critic of mentoring. Her research is published in the Journal of Coaching and Mentoring, the Journal of Evidence Based Coaching, and the SAGE Handbook of Mentoring. She is one of less than 20 scholars whose research was recognized by the International Mentoring Association. She is a former ANBLH fellow and a Mitacs doctoral fellowship recipient.

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