The National Mentoring Symposium supplies mentors with timely information for today's students and highlights three tracks of presentations for peer (student) mentors, faculty, and staff.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

What I enjoyed most about the National Mentoring Symposium was the ability to network. It was a positive, supportive environment. Great location. Great speakers.

Poster sessions

Presentation sign-up

Poster presentations take place during lunch. Presentations are very informal; posters are set up around the room, and attendees casually walk around viewing the information and talking to the presenters. The purpose is to provide a chance for attendees to showcase their mentoring programs and for mentors to speak to individuals from other institutions. This is an opportunity to tell others from all over the country about why your program is successful and influential. Attendees will get a broader understanding of the different and similar approaches to mentoring. This is a great way for mentors to get involved and to have a chance to present at a national conference!

We will supply the table or easel, so just bring items such as informational posters, brochures, giveaways, and other marketing materials. Be creative and have fun with this!

Concurrent sessions

Concurrent sessions take place throughout the day and will be divided into four time slots. All sessions are organized into tracks based on topics and intended audience. The first three time slots will be unique sessions, followed by a fourth time slot for encore presentations of our most popular sessions! Rooms are set up in lecture-style format, and speakers are encouraged to engage the audience with interactive activities and talking points. These sessions provide a great opportunity to explore concepts essential to mentoring and to provide concrete take-away techniques for participants to use on their campuses.

All rooms will have a computer, podium, and projector for presentations. All other materials are provided by the speakers.

View last year's program

What you need to complete a proposal

For a concurrent session

  • Title of presentation (125 characters or less)
  • Concurrent session abstract (500 characters or less)
  • Concurrent session summary (300–1,500 characters)
  • Learning objectives and take-aways for participants
  • Interactive activity description
  • Names of presenters 

For a poster session

  • Title of presentation (125 characters or less)
  • Poster session summary (200–500 characters)
  • Names of presenters

Proposals for the 2019 National Mentoring Symposium are no longer being accepted.

2019 keynote speaker

Chad Littlefield

Chad Littlefield is the co-founder and chief experience officer of We and Me, Inc. (—an organization whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Forbes calls Littlefield a “global expert on asking questions that build trust and connection in teams.” He is a TEDx speaker, author of the Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections, and creator of We! Connect Cards, which are now being used to create conversations that matter on campuses and companies in over 80 countries around the world. Most recently, Littlefield and his partner, Will Wise, launched their new book, Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations that Matter, now a #1 Amazon bestseller.

Check out footage from last year's National Mentoring Symposium!

Event details

Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
IUPUI Campus Center
420 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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