Deadra Welcome has been a Federal Government employee for 21 years, previously working in the Federal Aviation Administration and currently at the Department of Energy. Deadra’s Federal experience has included 17 years as a learning strategist, business partner, program manager, and professional specialist. In her numerous learning and development (L&D) roles, Deadra has lead programs and efforts related to succession planning, professional development, instructional design, on-boarding, blended learning, career pathing, and leadership development. In her role as the DOE Mentoring Program Manager, she developed resources such as DOE Mentoring Basics, Tools for Mentor Growth, and Tools for Mentee Growth. As an active member of the Metro DC Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, she has served as the Director of Special Interest Groups, Director of Professional Development, and is currently the Mentoring Partnership Program for the Metro DC. Deadra has earned certificates as an Instructional Designer/Developer, Master Trainer, and eLearning Specialist, as well as certifications as a Performance Consultant and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). She values continuous improvement which drives her passion for being a creative and highly motivated L&D professional.
In today’s federal environment with very tight budgets for training and development, we find there is a renewed interest in mentoring programs. These programs enable organizations to provide learning and performance improvement services at a low/reasonable cost. Over the years, mentor-protégé relationships have played a valuable role in the transfer of knowledge and the development of expertise for many organization development practitioners. In this session, we will learn from a knowledgeable thought leader in the field some of the practical considerations around developing and maintaining a thriving mentoring program. Our presenter will share benchmarked best practices for the process of creating a mentoring program. She will also provide insight into the various types of mentoring programs, the keys to success and how to effectively monitor and evaluate these programs.
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