Pittman, DuBois & Shapiro: A Hat Trick for MPM

May 17, 2012

hat-trick or hat trick in sport is the achievement of a positive feat three times during a game, or other achievements based on threes. For MPM, I think it’s the achievement of getting these three leaders together for one conference, the Minnesota Mentoring Conference on October 15.  This year’s theme is Boosting Collective Action to Maximize Our Impact.





  • Karen Pittman has made a career of starting organizations and initiatives that promote youth development – including the Forum for Youth Investment, which she co-founded with Merita Irby in 1998.  If you are familiar with the term “collective impact,” you know that it is often synonymous with her name and/or organization.
  • Dr. David DuBois has authored two widely-cited meta-analyses on the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs and is lead co-editor of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring, the second edition of which will be published in the fall of 2012.
  • David Shapiro is the new CEO of MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership.  Before joining MENTOR, Shapiro was president and CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP).  Under his leadership, MMP grew by 400 percent and the number of young people matched in quality mentoring relationships increased by almost 50 percent.  He is highly respected by his peers, navigates through challenges to get things done, and is a charismatic and engaging speaker.

In a phone conversation, Dr. DuBois aptly described Shapiro as, “disarmingly candid – in a good way.”  This quality, along with the breadth of experience that all three presenters bring to the conversation, will make the morning keynote session interesting – and dare I say, fun – for attendees.  Dr. DuBois’ opening remarks will set the stage for a dialogue with Ms. Pittman, Mr. Shapiro (and attendees) that will discuss how researchers, practitioners and collective action efforts with other youth-serving agencies can coordinate to shape the future of the mentoring field.

Karen Pittman will deliver a full keynote address mid-day and all three presenters will lead breakout sessions as well.  Questions about program evaluation?  Who better to ask than David DuBois, right?!

Let us know what else you would like to ask the “Big 3.”  And tell us – what are your thoughts about this line-up for the conference… is it a slam dunk?  If not, what is your “Dream Team”?  (Maybe we’ll get them next year!)