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With Mentorship

Mentoring is an often underestimated professional growth tool, which benefits both the mentor and the mentee by opening up career possibilities. An established mentoring program can add value to the mentor, mentee and organization in the following ways:

  • Providing professional and personal enrichment to maximize skill development, improve performance, and grow potential.
  • Enhancing success in any field or level.
  • Improving the health of a workforce, enabling team members to react quickly to change, developing, adapting and regenerating over time.  
  • Promoting the careers of mentor and mentee.
  • Growing mentees into advanced roles within a company or organization through succession planning. 

UW-Green Bay is now offering a structured mentor training program for area businesses and professionals, along with implementation training.

Mentoring Certificate Program

Session Dates: September 15, 22, 29

8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
$99 for an Individual Session
$295 for the Certificate

Accelerated & Online Format

Online Training, Scheduled Classes

The noncredit certificate can be completed in three weeks. Each session is 4 hours long – 2 Hours of Self-Study content in our Learning Management System, Canvas and a 2 Hour Live Session. Prior to the first session, there will be 4 hours of Pre-work in Canvas to become acquainted with the mentorship relationship and roles of the mentor and mentee. The first two classes are available individually or as part of the certificate program. The action course is only available after taking the first two courses, as it is the capstone of the certificate.
Who Are Ideal Candidates?
  • HUMAN RESOURCES PROFESSIONALS who can help implement mentoring efforts at your organization. Certified Mentors can be a great recruitment and retainment tool to attract and keep talent.
  • MANAGERS OR TEAM LEADERS managing employees and looking for ways to build and develop employees as they grow in their roles and within your organization.
  • TALENT OR TRAINING DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS who can help start and develop a mentoring program within your organization, ensuring your mentors are confident and equipped with the knowledge to make a difference in their mentee’s life.
Title 2021 Dates Description                                                                       
MENTORSHIP ETHICS AND BOUNDARIES September 15, 2021 This 2-hour ethics and boundaries training will apply ethical theories and approaches to the mentoring relationship. Professional codes of behavior will be examined. Participants will actively engage in discussion of concepts, including personal perspectives, that influence mentoring.  
Instructor: Joan Groessl
This course will ensure that your mentor/mentee relationship is successful, thought-provoking and impactful with best practice communication proficiency, including:  1) Critical communication skills, such as active listening; 2) Successful strategies for conflict resolution and crucial conversations; and  3) Engaging and open-ended questions to ask mentees.
Instructor: Anna Wahl
(Certificate Capstone)
September 29, 2021 This course will integrate all concepts learned in previous courses by enabling you to put together an action plan to create or improve a mentoring partnership within your business, nonprofit or organization. In addition, you will be guided to demonstrate how to leverage the tools provided, how to address barriers to success and how to identify necessary allies for support of the process.
Instructor: David Jerrett


The Certificate Program is $295 or $99 for an individual session. 

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Mentors Talk About Mentoring


David Jerrett, Chief Operating Officer at Bay Towel, talks about what's he's learned about himself and others by mentoring. 

Vanya Koepke, Sr. Carrier Sales Executive and Team Lead at Schneider National, talks about the most important skill he's learned in a mentoring relationship.

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HR Training: Implementing a Mentoring Program

Two Sessions | Hybrid Training
August 10 & 24, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. CST
Fee: $299

In this interactive session, participants will learn how to develop a successful mentoring program that provides clarity of goal expectations and a clear understanding of the relationship and mutual benefits for both the mentee and mentor. You will leave with a best practice approach to a mentorship program that supports your company's culture. As mentorship facilitators, you will learn how to support mentorship participants and encourage others to become involved.  This two-part training will cover implementation, success stories and challenges. This training will be conducted via Zoom.  In addition to the virtual training times, there will be approximately four hours of self-paced content, resources and materials that will be available before and in-between virtual sessions. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the training.

Instructor: Christine Jensema

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to implement a formal mentorship program.
  • Set clear goals for both mentee and mentors.
  • Identify the benefits for your organization's culture and performance.
  • Develop best practices for matching mentee with mentor to support your culture.
  • Establish a healthy foundation for supporting participants.
  • Build talent in your organization through a formal mentorship program.
  • Explore the distinctions between coaching, teaching and mentoring.
  • Resolve mentee/mentor relationships that aren't a good fit.
  • Adapt a mentorship program to a nontraditional situation.
  • Recruiting mentee and mentor participants. 

You will leave with documents for both the mentee and mentor in your organization to successfully begin a mentoring relationship.


The registration cost of $299 includes both sessions.

What Do Past Participants Have to Say?

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Kathryn Marten, M.S.Ed.
Student & Community Engagement Coordinator
Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

Since taking these courses, creating a mentorship program went from one of those projects that kept getting put on the backburner to something that is actually happening!


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Joan Groessl

Joan Groessl, Ph.D., serves students primarily in the graduate social work program. Her social work practice experience included twenty years in county mental health services, supervision and administration. She also serves as consultant and provides a range of trainings for human services professionals.

Joan currently serves as chair of the Continuing Education Committee and is a former President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She is President of the Board of the Algoma Medical Center and Long Term Care Unit and was a city alderperson for Ward III. Joan's research interests include ethics, leadership, organizational culture, and interdisciplinary relationships.

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Christine Jensema

Christine is an accomplished HR executive with a proven strategic approach to leading human resource management initiatives. She is a transformational leader, serving as a catalyst for change. She is committed to best practice approached to developing, leading and contributing to an organization’s overall goals, vision, and mission. She is known for translating business strategy into people, performance and reward tactics that optimize engagement and drive business results. Throughout her career, Christine has demonstrated her commitment to personal growth and helping others develop. For over 10 years, she served as Divisional Chief Human Resource Officer at Hospital Sisters Health System. She was also Administrative Director, People Services, at St. Nicholas Hospital for almost 15 years.

Christine earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, a Master's Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior with an emphasis in training and human resource development and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. 

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David Jerrett

David Jerrett brings 30 years of executive leadership and management experience, responsible for leading and motivating nationwide and regional teams.  He earned his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. As chair of the Kibaoni Primary School Foundation, David supports the work of the Chris Long Foundation in Tanzania.  He is passionate about doing the right thing and helping others do their best. 

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Anna Wahl

As Founder and CEO of CultureStream HR Solutions LLC, Anna has over 15 years of experience aligning human resource activities to business needs. Anna is known for inspiring focused teamwork by providing exemplary leadership, direction and mutual respect. Prior to starting CultureStream HR Solutions LLC, Anna was the Director, Human Resources at Dev Technology Group in Washington, D.C., where she successfully led HR and supported the organization both onsite and virtually. She played a pivotal role in maintaining a sought-after company culture while expediting exponential growth.

Throughout her career, Anna has witnessed the power of mentors. While at Dev Technology Group, she created a powerful and impactful Mentorship Program which assisted team members across the organization to thrive in their careers.

Anna holds a Professional Human Resource Certification (SRHM-CP) and a Bachelor of Arts in Pre Law with a minor in Psychology from San Diego State University.

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Not sure if mentoring is right for you? Take our self-paced Mentoring Modules. These 30-minute course will provide an overview of the facts and myths of mentoring and the qualities needed to mentor. The courses will also cover time management, discussing just how much time a mentorship will take to be effective for both the mentor and the mentee, and what YOU — the mentor — will get out of the mentorship. 

Being a Mentor

This course will help you understand the benefits of being a mentor and how to guide a mentee to help them succeed in their professional goals.
Cost: $15

Being a Mentor Module
Finding a Mentor

The course will help you see the benefits of a mentor and how to find an impactful mentor to help you succeed in your professional goals.
Cost: Free

Finding a Mentor Module

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If you would like more information or would like to discuss group pricing, please contact:

Melissa Betke
Program Specialist
Tel: 920-663-7337
Linda Hornick
Program Specialist
Tel: 715-504-3351