Meaningful Mentoring Workshop–Maintaining Effective Communication in Mentoring Relationships

The Postdoctoral Program Office will offer the last Meaningful Mentoring Workshop of the year on Tuesday, December 17th. This session will focus on ways to maintain effective communication in a mentoring relationship. The target audience includes postdoctoral appointees, mentors and supervisors. Case studies, group discussion and interactive exercises will be used to illustrate learning objectives. Materials presented will draw from the Center for the Improvement for Mentored Experiences in Research While examples from a research setting will be presented, the concepts covered in this workshop can be applied to other mentoring experiences.

The workshop will run from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM in Building 201, Room 102.

Please register through the RSVP link by December 13th.

Materials from the first two Meaningful Mentoring Workshops are available on Box.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Provide constructive feedback to mentees
  • Identify different communication styles
  • Engage mentees/mentors through active listening
  • Identify challenges to providing feedback via email

Workshop Agenda:

  1. Introductions and warm up exercise
  2. Case study exercise–Your Presentation Needs Help
  3. Activity–assessing communication styles
  4. Overview of communication styles and strategies for active listening
  5. Case study exercise–The Feedback E-Mail
  6. Summary and relation to core values


Kristene (Tina) Henne, PhD, is the Postdoctoral Program Lead at Argonne. In this role, she facilitates postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues. She has presented JumpStart Seminars on Mentoring at Argonne and has facilitated mentoring workshops for organizations such as the National Postdoctoral Association and the Association for Women in Science, Chicago Chapter. Henne earned her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Purdue University and holds certificates in Mediation Skills Training from Northwestern University School of Professional Studies and the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago.

About Kristene Henne

Kristene “Tina” Henne is Argonne’s Postdoctoral Program Lead for the Argonne Leadership Institute. In this role, she facilitates the postdoc appointment process, postdoc career development, mentoring, advises the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and serves as a navigator for postdoctoral issues.
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