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Nigel Cumberland, Ana Oliveira Pinto & Anita van Vlerken

EMCC International – the future of mentoring

Stream: EMCC
Area: Mentoring
Type: Workshop

Session on Wednesday, Apr 24, 15:25
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How can we raise the bar of our mentoring standards and expectations to help mentees flourish in our increasingly complex, uncertain and anxious world?

This interactive workshop will share and build on the results of the recent 2019 EMCC International Survey of Mentoring. It is part of an ongoing exploration – to explore if the EMCC’s current standards, thinking and expectations will optimally serve our mentoring profession in the 2020s. We invite you to come along to share and learn while we brainstorm:

  1. Mentoring – what for, for whom and what is its ethos? What really differentiates mentoring from other interventions (e.g. coaching, supervision)? How might we need to re-define mentoring, even having more than one definition, for differing mentoring possibilities?
  2. Are our current mentoring standards (CPD, competencies etc.) truly serving us, in defining mentoring excellence today and in the 2020s?

This workshop is led by the EMCC International Mentoring WorkGroup which is spending this year exploring the changing world of mentoring.


Nigel Cumberland is the co-Founder of The Silk Road Partnership and is a coach, mentor, facilitator who has worked with leaders in the United Nations, The World Bank Group, Fortune 500 groups including Google, Dell, and Standard Chartered Bank, as well as in the Public Sectors of countries such as the UAE, Cambodia, Malaysia, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia. He is the author of a range of leadership and self-help books including the best-selling 100 Things Successful People Do: Little Exercises for Successful Living (John Murray Learning, UK, 2016), Leading Teams In A Week: Team Leadership In Seven Simple Steps (John Murray Learning, UK, 2016) and Secrets of Success at Work: 50 Techniques to Excel (Hodder & Stoughton, UK, 2014).

He is an EMCC accredited coach/mentor at Master Practitioner level and is leading this EMCC International Mentoring review. Until this year he had spent five years heading EMCC International’s Ethics WorkGroup. In this role overseeing the creation of the first and second versions of The Global Code of Ethics for Coaches, Mentors, & Supervisors. He also sat on the UK Academic-Industry partnership, The Collaboration for the Future of Coaching (‘CFC’), as they produced the Ethical Principles and Good Practice for Coaching Provision in Organisations.

Ana Oliveira Pinto has 25 years’ experience of working with organisations on change and organisational and talent development projects. Ana is an EMCC accredited coach/mentor at Senior Practitioner level. The focus of Ana’s coaching has been on supporting senior executives in times of transition or within challenging assignments. Women career advancement to top leadership roles is also a preferred area of work to Ana. Lately, Ana has been developing expertise in designing and implementing mentoring programmes.

Ana is based in Portugal but works regularly in an international setting. For missions outside Portugal she works in association with international executive coaching and consultancy companies. This has enabled Ana to work with executives from Europe, South Asia, South and West Africa, and South and North America, as well as across a wide range of sectors: IT, Finance, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Manufacturing, Consultancy, Telecommunications, Retail, and Industry. This has provided to Ana the opportunity to develop a deeper sense of inter-cultural sensitivity and work with a high variety of working and market environments. Since 2013 that Ana is an active volunteer with EMCC International, being a member of two WorkGroups and an EIA accreditation assessor. in 2017, she co-authored ‘The EMCC Continuous Professional Development Guide for coaches, mentors and supervisors’.

Anita van Vlerken has been active in coaching since 1995. Together with Willem Verhoeven she founded the Association for Coaching. She previously worked as a teacher in secondary vocational education and as a student counselor at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). She gained her management experience in the position of director at a social services organisation in eight municipalities. In addition, she has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Rabobank for am additional twelve years, of which six years as chairman. Anita is fascinated by the question of how people learn. She herself has experienced that only theory is often dry cost if there is no common ground with practice.

Anita is an accredited EMCC coach/mentor at Master Practitioner level as well as an EMCC accredited supervisor. She contributes to the profession by actively participating in various EMCC WorkGroups and elsewhere.

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