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The Minnesota Mentoring Conference is the region's only annual conference focused exclusively on supporting quality mentoring. This year's theme, Boosting Collective Action to Maximize Our Impact, draws upon the concept of collective impact, the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. The conference will be held on Monday, October 15th at the University of Minnesota's Continuing Education & Conference Center in Saint Paul.
MPM added more features to the 2012 conference day line-up to reflect more of what participants want in a professional development conference.
Three Dynamic, National Speakers.
Karen Pittman, Dr. David DuBois, and David Shapiro are three of the most highly respected mentoring professionals in the field. Read complete bios Here
Can't join us in person? Attend as a remote participant via live streaming and receive access to all of our keynote and guest speakers and two popular workshops! MPM is the only Mentoring Partnership to offer a live streaming conference package. For $75, remote participants will have the opportunity to stream live video of a selection of keynote and workshop presentations. Click here
for details about this option.
Luncheon and Keynote Address. MPM is hosting a special conference day luncheon and keynote address at the North Star Ballroom, just a 5-minute walk up the street from the conference center. The Luncheon and Keynote Address is sponsored by the Greater Twin Cities United Way. The exciting two-hour agenda includes a Mentor/Mentee Panel, Karen Pittman's Collective Impact Keynote Address, and Audience Q&A.
The conference features well-known trainers in the field from around the country who are highly regarded for their innovation in mentoring. Check out two great articles about Collective Impact:
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Collective Impact 2.0
Karen Pittman, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment
Karen Pittman will headline this year's 2012 Minnesota Mentoring Conference. Pittman will guide our discussion around how our field can work together toward collective impact. She is a national expert in youth development and is known for her work with the Forum's Ready by 21 initiative. Ready by 21 is a set of innovative strategies that helps communities and states improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Pittman is also a respected speaker and an accomplished author.
Her credentials include: Director of the President's Crime Prevention Council during the Clinton administration where she worked with 13 cabinet secretaries to create a coordinated prevention agenda, executive team of the International Youth Foundation (IYF), and worked with retired General Colin Powell to create America's Promise. Complete Bio
Dr. David DuBois, Mentoring Researcher
Dr. David DuBois is a Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on factors that contribute to youth resilience, particularly self-esteem and mentoring relationships, and how these assets can be utilized to enhance positive health outcomes through community-based programs. Dr. DuBois has authored numerous peer-reviewed studies on these topics, including two widely-cited meta-analytic reviews of the literature on the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs. He is lead co-editor of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring, the second edition of which will be published in the fall of 2012.
Dr. DuBois consults widely to mentoring programs nationally and internationally, is a member of the Research and Policy Council of MENTOR/The National Mentoring Partnership and the Research Advisory Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), and is the founder and moderator of a listserv on youth mentoring research and practice that currently has over 600 members. Dr. DuBois also has been a mentor himself in a Big Brothers Big Sisters program and for the past 4 years has supervised a class that he developed in which undergraduate students also serve as mentors for the program. Complete Bio
David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR:The National Mentoring Partnership
In 2012, David Shapiro became CEO of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, a galvanizing force for expanded quality youth mentoring in the United States. Before joining MENTOR, Shapiro was the CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership, where, during his tenure and in partnership with almost 200 mentoring programs and across sectors, young people in structured mentoring relationships increased by almost 50 percent. The organization also grew by 400 percent. Shapiro chairs the board of the Mass Nonprofit Network and is on the boards of Common Impact and Friends of the Children-Boston. Complete Bio