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Mentor Professional Development


Friday, October 27
6-7:15 PM ET

virtual event; open to mentors, peer-to-peer mentees and GWN staff

Looking to enhance your mentor skills and make a meaningful impact on your mentee’s growth and development? Join us for a comprehensive Mentor Professional Development session that will equip mentors with essential tools and knowledge to be effective while ensuring the well-being and safety of their mentees. This session encompasses a wide range of topics that are crucial for fostering positive mentor-mentee relationships, such as connecting, motivating, resilience-building, balancing allyship, recognizing signs of potential issues or conflicts, and abuse prevention awareness.

This mentor professional development session will be interactive and engaging, featuring self-reflection and practical exercises. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, connect with fellow mentors and gain valuable insights that can be applied immediately in their mentorship roles.

Note: Peer-mentees are welcome to join.

Meet the Teaching Artist

Nehanda Thom

Nehanda Thom

Nehanda Thom is a first generation American, born and raised in Brooklyn, with parents hailing from the West Indies. When Neh isn’t seeing clients as a psychotherapist, exploring parks within New York City or reading self-help books, she’s writing maniacally in the notes on her phone, as she often thinks faster than she can record her words. Nehanda is a recent graduate of Nyack College, with a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling, holds certifications in Substance Abuse Counseling, Recovery Coaching and Recovery Peer Advocacy and is a published author, having recently celebrated 2 years since the release of her first book, The Monument. Neh takes pride in the fact that she is not only a mentor at Girls Write Now, but also an alum of the program, having written two pieces for the 2011 mentee anthology.

Jessica Jagtiani

Jessica Jagtiani

Jesse Jagtiani  is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and researcher of Indian-German heritage residing in New York City. Jesse earned her Doctor of Education in Art & Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, complemented by an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and a degree in Visual Communications from the University of Arts, Berlin. Her research centers on the formative dimensions of intuition, bridging indigenous wisdom with contemporary scientific perspectives to foster a balance of the intuitive and the rational mind within Western educational paradigms. Jesse’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and her scholarly contributions extend to various publications, including chapter three of the book Developing Informed Intuition for Decision Making. Jesse has taught in (and outside of) higher education for numerous years and is passionate about supporting emerging artists, writers, and leaders on their creative, academic, and career pathways.

This event is open to:

all mentors, GWN staff and peer-to-peer mentees

October 27, 2023 6:00 pm 7:15 pm EDT

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