Finding and Cultivating the Right Mentor Relationship

Event Description:

Join YNPN to learn the ins and outs of finding, developing, and nurturing a mentor relationship. Studies show that people with mentors earn higher salaries, are promoted more frequently, and report higher job satisfaction. On Thursday, April 26th, join us for a dynamic panel of nonprofit leaders and experienced mentors and mentees, followed by in-depth table discussions on:

  • Identifying, cultivating, and nurturing strong mentor/mentee relationships
  • The incremental benefit--personally and professionally--of having a mentor
  • Pitfalls to avoid in mentor relationships
  • And more!

You will also have time to reflect on your own personal and professional goals, and begin developing a thoughtful action plan in your search for the right mentor. Whether you are interested in learning more about finding a mentor, or interested in paying it forward by becoming a mentor, this will be a program you don’t want to miss. 


Our Panelists:


Dr. Janelle Ellis-Holloway, Adjunct Professor & Director of Collegiate Mentoring at Elon University

Janelle Rouse, Ph.D. works in the Center for Access and Success at Elon University where she serves as  Director of Collegiate Mentoring, and Adjunct Professor and Director of internships in the Poverty and Social Justice Program.  As a systems thinker, she has served in various capacities for over 16 years in higher education supporting strategic efforts in program development, sustainability and evaluation; teaching and facilitation; and advocacy and diversity. Her     areas of research and expertise include mentoring, coaching, and consulting; social justice education and poverty studies; and creating successful pathways to student achievement and success.

Kristine Sloan, CEO of StartingBloc

Everyone can participate in cultivating the good in our world. This fact is both terrifyingly large and absolutely actionable – and Kristine loves a good action item. Kristine is a trained public speaker and facilitator who holds a Masters of International Studies specializing in Rural Development. Prior to joining StartingBloc, she worked in international development for six years, founding and leading teams across the African continent and in India. You'll find +1 for Destroying the Patriarchy as one of two sentences in her LinkedIn profile.


Shannon Ritchie, Founder & Strategy Consultant at Nectar Strategies

Shannon Ritchie (she/her/hers) is a, policy wonk, tech/data nerd, and social justice advocate. She recently founded Nectar Strategies (, a consultancy firm that makes digital communications easy for nonprofits, movements, and leaders. Shannon serves as a guide, helping create digital and communications strategies, fine-tune outreach, generate compelling content, and navigate an ever-changing new media environment. She lives and works in Durham, NC with her partner Carl, two young children, a lazy dog, and a lot of coffee. (@shannon_ritchie)

Leah Catotti, Managing Director of Operations & Strategy at WISER

Leah is the Managing Director of Operations & Strategy for WISER International, a Triangle-based nonprofit that empowers girls in rural Kenya through education and health initiatives. Leah manages WISER’s strategic partnerships, program development, operations, and fundraising efforts (and enjoys frequent trips to Kenya to visit the WISER girls). She is passionate about empowering marginalized communities locally and globally to address social justice and equity issues. Leah has a Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health and is a proud Durhamite (born and raised).


Light refreshments will be provided.

April 26, 2018 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
112 Broadway St
Durham, NC 27701
United States
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