Program to Develop Effective Mentors Offered by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Mentoring programs can help organizations develop their next generation of leaders.

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To help companies develop future leaders, the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School will offer a new program that prepares senior business leaders to become more effective mentors.

The three-day Effective Mentoring Program will be offered by UNC Executive Development, ranked among the top providers in the world for non-degree executive education, June 15-17, 2015.

“As more Baby Boomers retire, organizations are struggling to prepare their next generation of business leaders,” said Kip Kelly, director of public programs at UNC Executive Development and author of the white paper “Passing the Torch: 5 Steps for Turning the Baby Boomer Brain Drain into a Brain Trust.”

“Mentoring programs can provide a very cost-effective way to develop emerging leaders,” he said. “They offer a valuable opportunity for senior leaders to pass on knowledge and experience, while sharing the company’s history and culture with the next generation.”

More companies are relying on mentoring programs to help develop future business leaders, according to a recent study conducted by UNC Kenan-Flagler in collaboration with the Human Capital Institute. While informal mentoring programs remain popular, the study indicates that organizations are investing in more formal mentoring programs.

“Many mentoring programs miss the mark because they aren’t aligned with business goals and strategy and don’t clearly articulate the program’s goals from the outset,” said Horace McCormick, UNC Executive Development program director and author of the white paper “How to Build an Effective Mentoring Program.” “Others fail because of poor mentor-mentee matches and insufficient training at the beginning of the program.”

The Effective Mentoring Program is designed for mid- to senior-level business leaders who are actively engaged in mentoring and want to improve their mentoring skills as well as those considering becoming mentors in the future. Participants will learn:

  • Useful tools and techniques to help share their knowledge and experiences
  • How to overcome common mentoring challenges
  • How to create effective mentoring plans

The program features top organizational behavior professors from UNC Kenan-Flagler:

  • Alison Fragale, who studies the determinants and consequences of power, status and influence in organizations, conflict resolution and negotiation, and verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Mabel Miguel, who teaches about leadership and management
  • Ben Rosen, who teaches organizational behavior, human resource management and leadership courses

UNC Executive Development is accepting registrations for the new Effective Mentoring Program. For more information, visit UNC Executive Development at or call 1-800-862-3932.

About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community, and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business (BSBA), full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online MBA@UNC, UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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