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Lis Merrick & Leni Wildflower

Lis Merrick & Leni Wildflower

Creating success through collaboration: innovative mentoring techniques for women leaders

Theme: Competence
Area: Mentoring
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly Discussion

Session on Wednesday, Mar 01, 15:25
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Lis Merrick‘s career in mentoring and coaching follows a successful career in Human Resources with senior posts for Merrill Lynch, European Investment Banking and The Thomas Cook Group. She is Managing Director of Coach Mentoring Limited, a Director of the Professional Mentor Academy Limited, the ISMCP Accreditation Chair (EMCC International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes), a Visiting Fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School in the UK and the EMCC UK President. She was voted ‘Mentoring Person of the Year 2011/12′ by Coaching at Work magazine in the UK. Her experience in mentoring programme design and development is now internationally acclaimed, with over 100 mentoring programmes to her name globally. Lis writes and speaks at conferences about mentoring and coaching regularly and this work also informs her practice as an executive coach and designer of mentoring and coaching programmes. Her expertise and research is predominantly in the field of designing mentoring and coaching programmes with regard to talent management and mentoring women, especially through the Glass Ceiling and supervision in mentoring.

Leni Wildflower has 20 plus years experience as an executive coach, author and educator working in the US, UK, Europe, China and Latin America. She designed Evidence-Based Coaching, at Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara in the USA), and directing it from 2004 to 2009. Leni’s corporate clients include Sony PlayStation, WhiteWave Foods, Getty Images, Whirlpool International, Prudential Life Insurance Company, BP, HBO Films, Center For Creative Leadership, Walt Disney Productions, Prince of Wales Trust, Laura Ashley Foundation. With former ICF president Diane Brennan, Leni co-edited The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice, which was published by John Wiley and Sons in 2011 and is now used in coaching schools throughout North America. In her book The Hidden History of Coaching (McGraw Hill, 2013), she pursues her interest in the theories and movements that formed the basis of coaching. At present, Leni and Lis are co-authoring a book on coaching women in professions, to be published by McGraw Hill. Leni has certifications from William Bridges and Associates in Change Management, from Harvard University in Immunity to Change process and follow-up coaching, and in motivational interviewing. She is a qualified MBTI practitioner.


This workshop will focus on four areas where mentoring can particularly support female professionals. We will introduce some collaborative mentoring techniques that all mentors (men as well as women) can use. We will then give participants an opportunity to practice these techniques through a collaborative discussion based on their own experience as professionals

With the cards still stacked against them, women have a particular need to acquire new professional skills for themselves, gain greater competence and break barriers along their way. Research has shown that:

• Women are the fastest growing sector in workforce areas including leadership, independent entrepreneurs, coaches and mentors
• Women tend to learn collectively and function collaboratively and are very comfortable using more creative approaches in their mentoring relationships.

Given this information, as researchers and mentor/coach practitioners, we have identified some key mentoring practices, which will appeal to female learning preferences and collaborative inclinations and focused on these four themes:

1. Building self-confidence and self-esteem;
2. Skillful leadership
3. Creating an innovative work/life balance
4. Separating friendship from work teams.

In this very experiential and interactive workshop, you will learn about the power of collaboration as you discuss these creative mentoring techniques, practice them with each other, and have fun in the process!

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