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EMCC International: successful mentoring Programmes in Europe – how EMCC is actively promoting the benefits and use of mentoring programmes with corporate organisations

Dr Lise Lewis & Rossella Pin & DrJulie Haddock-Millar & Zoltán Csigás

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Dr Lise Lewis is an Executive Coach and Coach Supervisor. She founded Bluesky International in 2000 following a rewarding career in HR to progress her main interest of helping people to achieve their personal and professional ambitions through coaching/mentoring. She proudly supports the quality standards of the EMCC as a designer, international provider and trainer of EMCC accredited programmes in coaching/mentoring and in coach supervision skills.Lise is also an EMCC accredited coach at Master Practitioner level, has a MBA, is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and completed a Professional Doctorate in Executive Coaching with Middlesex University in 2014. Her research topic grew from observing the importance of feedback and a wish to improve the experience of this activity. She has been President of EMCC International since 2011 and was re-elected in June 2014 for a further 3 years. Her ambition in this role is to promote the EMCC with its vision of ‘being the go-to-body for mentoring and coaching’. This includes supporting the creation of a body of knowledge through research that will inform professional practice.

Rossella Pin is a Professional Certified Coach and Mentor with more than 18 years’ experience in leading companies in the financial and manufacturing sectors. During her professional career she has provided more than 2,000 certified hours of individual and team coaching and has organised countless inter and cross-company mentoring programmes and on-the-job training courses. She is currently Global Faculty Trainer and Italian Programme Director of the International Coach Academy, one of the world’s leading coach training schools providing ACTP bilingual training programs. Rossella’s mission is the promotion of professional mentoring and coaching in Italy and to fulfil her goal she has founded three not-for-profit associations serving different needs. AIM (the Italian Association for Mentoring), founded in 2013, offers mentoring training courses in schools and solidarity mentoring programmes; EMCC Italia, founded in 2014, develops and promotes the expectation of best practice in mentoring and coaching in Italy; and AssoMentori (the Association of Professional Mentors), founded in 2015, holds the Registry of Professional Mentors and provides continuous development programmes on professional mentoring with the support of public institutions. Rossella holds a MA in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, ICF PCC credentials, EMCC accreditation and a SIM-CMI certification as Project Manager, Scheme Designer of Mentoring Programmes and Mentor Trainer at Professional Certified Magister level.

Dr Julie Haddock-Millar works with both public and private sector organisations and holds positions with Middlesex University, International University of Monaco, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, The University of Surrey, Leeds Beckett University, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, EMCC, Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and the Higher Education Academy. She is a Consultant, Researcher and Academic, specialising in learning and development, mentoring and coaching. She is currently a Associate Professor (Practice) and Senior Teaching Fellow in Human Resource Management and Development at Middlesex University Business School and Visiting Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the International University of Monaco. She leads and teaches on a number of postgraduate programmes in the public and private sector, including an MA in Management International Payments Ecosystem with Worldpay, MA Further Education Sector Management and Executive MBAs. She is also working on a number of strategic partnership projects, including the evaluation of Youth Business International’s global entrepreneurship mentoring initiative. She is EMCC International WorkGroup leader for ISMCP.

Zoltán Csigás has a background in psychology, with an MA obtained at ELTE in Budapest and with current PhD studies. He builds his practice on several years of consulting experience that he has gained in different fields (e.g. PR, HR, OD). For more than seven years he has been working with GROW Group, a Budapest based OD consultancy firm, where he holds the position of Research Director. He was elected EMCC International Vice-president of Research in 2015.


An outcome from the 2015 EMCC International Mentoring Survey was a request to engage more with corporates on the benefits and use of mentoring. Ideas supporting this request included making the business case, interacting more with businesses wanting and using mentors, more research and publicity about organisational mentoring schemes, networking between companies that need mentors and more visibility with employers. The request was perfectly aligned with the EMCC strategic plan of ‘putting the M back in EMCC’ by re-focusing project activities on the core area of expertise of the Association.

The aim of this session is to explore with the President of EMCC, Dr Lise Lewis, all the activities launched in 2016 and engage participants in a discussion on the outcomes of the three main projects:

1. The research project on mentoring with Zoltàn Csigàs, EMCC VP Research, on existing literature and best practices on mentoring programmes
2. The project developing mentoring and coaching programme best practice and accreditation, including recent developments in relation to the International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes (ISMCP) with Dr Julie Haddock-Millar, WorkGroup Leader
3. The project on the promotion of mentoring programmes within corporate organisations with Rossella Pin, WorkGroup Leader, on the work done on the field to reach out and support corporate organisations that are currently using mentors or running mentoring programmes in aligning their activities to EMCC professional standards and ethics.

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