The Power of Mentoring: A Panel Event – October 25, 2018

The Power of Mentoring: A Panel Event – October 25, 2018

I don’t care what you do for a living — if you do it well, I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing you the way. A mentor.
--Denzel Washington

Throughout our professional lives, we strive to improve what we do and to teach others what we know. As leaders, managers, and colleagues, we strive to optimize our skills and knowledge to drive organizational effectiveness and performance. Thus, we train, we coach, we team up...and we mentor.

We will explore mentoring as a vehicle for learning in the workplace. A panel of mentors will share their experiences, and offer tips and advice for those interested in maximizing mentoring opportunities at work. We will also introduce the possibility of promoting greater mentoring within the ODN member network.


Dr. Glen Fahs
Retired Leadership Trainer
Formerly with Cascade Employers Association
Glen has developed leaders and teams for many organizations, and taught for 12 colleges and universities in the areas of communication, management, and education. He helped create a mentoring program for the State of Oregon, and is currently running a mentoring program for the Board of Willamette West Habitat for Humanity. He earned his Ph.D. in Continuing Education and Organization Development at the University of Michigan. He serves on several boards, including the Resiliency Center and Habitat for Humanity.

Jen Birk
Propeller Consulting
Jen has experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, with roles at IBM and now Propeller Consulting. She has a master’s certificate in organizational leadership from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Portland State University. She created a student/alumni mentor program for the Conflict Resolution program at PSU, and currently serves as a mentor to five women through a program at Swift creative agency. She loves traveling, dogs, and being outside!



Mara Kershaw
VP, Learning and Development
First Tech Federal Credit Union
Mara has been a leader for over 25 years in leadership and organizational development, talent management, and organizational effectiveness in various industries, including healthcare, high tech, and financial. She has a Master’s degree in learning and organizational development and is a certified professional coach with a passion for full spectrum leadership development. In many organizations, she has led results-oriented mentoring programs and comprehensive leadership development programs to develop outstanding leaders and engaged employees.


Date:  Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time:  5:30 - 8:30pm
Location:  First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St, Portland 97201 (Fireside Room, west end of campus)
Parking:  Church parking lot and throughout the neighborhood
Transportation:  Goose Hollow station, Blue/Red Max Line
Food:  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Cost:  Chapter Members and Partner Organizations (ATD, PHRMA): $10; Guests: $25
Register:  Through Eventbrite. Online registration available until 8 am the morning of the event. Registration will also be available at the door if space available. Space limited to 50 attendees.