Big Names at the 12th Annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference

May 11, 2011

From motivational speakers to public officials, local celebrities to national research experts,The Minnesota Mentoring Conference has a history of impressive keynote speakers.   In 2002,Twin Cities media legend Don Shelby graced the conference stage.  In 2004, it was Dr. Susan Weinberger – aka Dr. Mentor.  In 2009, Dr. Michael Karcher kept participants entertained with his Jungle Book-themed presentation.  And that’s just to name a few.

In recent years, conference attendees have really latched on to the research perspective that presenters can bring.  According to a survey conducted last month, the demand for more of that perspective is overwhelming, with 100% of respondents saying they would be very likely to attend conference presentations on current mentoring research.

So this week we are proud to announce that we are yet again raising the bar for the 2011 Minnesota Mentoring Conference with two keynote speakers: Dr. Renée Spencer (left) and Dr. Jean Rhodes (right).  We can’t wait to hear what these nationally-acclaimed mentoring experts have to share with all of us in October!

Renee Spencer & Jean RhodesDr. Renée Spencer is Associate Professor at Boston University School of Social Work. Her research focuses on youth mentoring, specifically relational processes in more and less successful relationships. She is currently conducting a mixed-methods longitudinal study of the development of youth mentoring relationships in community-based programs. She has published widely on youth mentoring and serves as a member of several boards and committees, including MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership Research and Policy Council, The Center for the Advancement of Mentoring (TCAM) National Cadre of Mentoring Researchers, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Research Advisory Council.

Dr. Jean Rhodes is the MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Rhodes has devoted her career to understanding the role of intergenerational relationships in the lives of disadvantaged youth. She has published three books, four edited volumes, and more than 100 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring. She is author of the book, Stand by Me: The risks and rewards of mentoring today’s youth (Harvard University Press). Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, and a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. Rhodes is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood and Chair of the Research and Policy Council of the National Mentoring Partnership. She sits on the Board of Directors of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, the advisory boards of several mentoring and policy organizations, and the editorial board of several journals in community and adolescent psychology.

Save the Date!  The 12th Annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference will take place Monday, October 24 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education & Conference Center in Saint Paul.  Stay tuned for more details…