Nourishing Professional Relationships: Mentorships Supporting Growth and Diversity in Dietetics

Sunday, October 9
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: W415D (Valencia)
CE: 1.5
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 170539


The professional formality of mentoring can feel intimidating to some. This panel will explore mentoring through a contemporary lens and unravel some of the most asked questions about engaging in a mentorship, sharing both research on the value of professional mentorships as well as personal experiences of growth through mentoring. You’ll meet a seasoned RDN who discovered mentoring by being open and committed to sharing with peers and students, while also discovering a professional strength and passion. You’ll meet an RDN of an underrepresented minority group in dietetics who is a few years into her career and has pursued mentors to gain confidence, growth and experience on the path from student to RDN, and is now a nutrition director at a company where she mentors dietetic students herself. You’ll also meet an entrepreneurial RDN and master’s student who has engaged in numerous mentoring relationships, most recently in self-publishing and marketing her 3rd children’s nutrition book. Speakers will engage the audience interactively, providing resources and a roadmap to establishing productive mentor relationships and tools—and connections—you can use.

Award Presentation: Excellence in Consultant Practice Award

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the key factors of an effective mentor-mentee relationship
  • Identify a specific area that you could professionally benefit from seeking a mentor and an area where you have strengths to offer as a mentor to fellow RDN/NDTR
  • Explain some traditional and nontraditional elements for goal setting and steps necessary to ensure a productive and successful mentoring relationship

Performance Indicators:

  • 3.1.5 Seeks opportunities for and actively engages in mentoring and mentorship.
  • 3.1.1 Identifies strengths and opportunities for improvement in self and in others.
  • 2.2.2 Delivers information and opinions in a respectful and professional manner