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Kirsten M Poulsen & Berit Jebjerg

Group mentoring

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

Session on Thursday, Apr 25, 12:30
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When you need to provide learning and inspiration for a large group of mentees and mentors is a scarce resource, group mentoring may be the solution. However, group mentoring is not as widely used as one-to-one mentoring, there is less inspiration to find, and less research to help you understand what is required, for a successful group mentoring programme.

At Copenhagen Business School (CBS), group mentoring started in 2015 for an elite group of master students. After two years of gaining experience and consulting with mentoring experts, CBS has reviewed the programme purpose and structure and is now rolling out the 2018-29 programme with open enrollment for all bachelor and master students with the goal of matching 85 mentors from public organisations and private companies with 380 mentees.

In this session, we will share with you what we have learned about group mentoring, the advantages, the disadvantages, and the challenges. This includes elements such as: group size, how to train mentors and mentees, recruiting mentors and mentees, managing expectations, managing stakeholders etc. Additionally, we will explore the value of group mentoring in an organisational setting and discuss the pros and cons of group mentoring vs one-to-one mentoring.


Kirsten M Poulsen is one of the leading experts in Europe on mentoring in an organisational context. She founded KMP+ House of Mentoring in 2000, a consulting company focused on designing and delivering high impact mentoring programmes for developing leadership, talents and diversity. Kirsten is creator of the Mentor+System which includes the Mentor+Universe, a virtual platform for mentors, mentees and programme managers, the Mentor+Game for training mentors and mentees providing them with a common tool and language for their collaboration, and the Mentor+Survey for evaluating the process and documenting the results. Additionally, Kirsten is External Professor at Copenhagen Business School, and author of several books and many articles on mentoring, leadership and talent development – including ‘Developing Successful Diversity Mentoring Programmes’ co-authored with David Clutterbuck and Frances Kochan (2012) and Chapter 25 “Mentoring Executives in the Workplace” in The Sage Handbook of Mentoring (2017). Kirsten is former and first President of EMCC Denmark (2007-2009) and holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain. Among her clients are Danfoss, Novo Nordisk, Airbus, NATO, a number of government organisations and NGOs, as well as University of Oslo, University of Brighton, Copenhagen Business School, University of Malmø and more.

Berit Jebjerg has more than 15 years’ experience as HR Manager in Q8 Denmark A/S (part of Kuwait Petroleum International) and Head of HR for the Scandinavian OKQ8 organisation. She has headed several projects related to joint ventures, organisational development, learning, diversity, and culture as well as talent and leadership programmes on both local and international levels. For more than 10 years, Berit was part of the international HR team and Talent Board in Kuwait Petroleum International. The team established an international talent platform and launched a number of activities including SOJT projects, graduate and leadership programmes, assessment centres and mentoring across the organisation. As HR Manager in Q8, Berit headed the development and implementation of one of the first and most comprehensive e-learning platforms in Denmark and the first trainee programme as well as an assessment centre within retail. This founded the basis for an extensive leadership pipeline and succession platform within the organisation. Today, Berit is a part time employee at Copenhagen Business School and responsible for developing and managing the CBS Business Mentoring Programme works. Additionally, she works as a freelance consultant and counsels on a voluntary basis.

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