Appreciative Inquiry Mentoring

A Virtual Network Approach

February 2021
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ABSTRACT

How can we provide positive, nurturing mentoring relationships in a way that not only acknowledges today’s need for social connection, virtuality and scale, but also turns those circumstances into strengths? This case study describes an Appreciative Inquiry-based mentoring program created by a large, US-based global consulting firm to invite diverse young professionals into an under-represented STEM-based field. Appreciative Inquiry offered a positive, action-oriented, relationship-building mentoring approach. Virtual delivery offered flexibility, inclusiveness and scale.

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Author: Carrie H. Marcinkevage

Carrie Marcinkevage, Ph.D., is the director of Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) strategy at the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. She enjoys exploring how the people, processes and technologies with and within which we work can grow and flourish from a focus on Appreciative Inquiry, CRM, and organizational ethics.

Contact: carriem@psu.edu

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