SUMMARY OF THE MENTOR NETWORK SEMINAR, APRIL 7TH AND 8TH 2011 AT KOLDKÆRGÅRD
• The seminar
• Professional networking
The seminar had to topics: professional networking and mentoring. The purpose of the seminar was to meet
other female IT researchers, to network and to inspire each other.
Network facilitator Sussi Bianco focused on professional networking: why networking is an efficient tool and
what your outcome of a network can be. She introduced to different kinds of exercises in order to teach how
to network and to practice networking skills.
Sussi Bianco emphasized ten networking tips:
1. Have a goal
2. Make your goal visible
3. Ask for knowledge, new inspiration and connections
4. Be brief, honest and say thank you
5. Be curious on the focus of people in your network
6. Be specific in the way you engage in your network connections
7. Recommend and connect people
8. Search out information on common methods and possible outcomes of networking in your field
9. Search out situations and events where you can network
10. Challenge yourself in networking: what do I want to try out?
Sussi Bianco emphasized that your knowledge isn’t all – network and who you know is also important to be
successful, as networking can open doors and possibilities you didn’t know existed. It’s important to be
memorable and to express your interests and goals
• For more information about Sussi Biancos introduction to networking, please read the pdf ‘Mentoring
by Sussi Bianco’.
Gitte Møldrup, managing director at it-vest – networking universities, introduced to mentoring and gave
advices on how to have a mentor/mentee. Her definition on mentoring is to enrich and inspire each other and
to create greater experience and knowledge through dialogue.
The mentee is the active part – the one who take the initiative and the challenges. The mentor is the reactive
part – the one who listen and ask questions.
There weren’t many mentors present during the seminar, wherefore establishment of a one to one mentormentee
relation weren’t possible. However, it’s an option through subsequent contact. You can contact a
mentor from the list to establish a mentor-mentee relationship.
Gitte adviced you to consider:
Why you need a female mentor? The reason is individual, but often it’s important when you are at a
crossroad (career wise).
How to work together? How to communicate, confidentiality etc.
What shall we talk about? The primary goals and how to get the most out of the relationship.
• For more advice from Gitte, please read the pdf on ‘Introduction to mentoring by Gitte Møldrup’.
• For more information about mentoring (guidelines for establishing a mentor-mentee relation, list of
mentors 2011 and a mentor/mentee contract), please read the pdf on ‘Mentoring’.
Based on Gittes points an east and a west group discussed what mentoring is and why mentoring is useful.
A mentoring group is thought to be a forum where knowledge and experience is shared – just like a mentormentee
The west group (researchers from AU & AAU) decided to establish a mentoring group and meet every
second month. Some would like to have a mentor as well and will contact a mentor from the list.
The east group (researchers from SDU, KU, ITU & RUC) decided to attempt establishing a Copenhagen
group to maintain connections. Some would like to have a mentor, e.g. three mentees would like to have a
• For more information about the debates and guidelines to establishment of a mentoring group,
please read the pdf on ‘Mentoring groups’.