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EDUCATIONAL EVENT: December 10, 2020

Bridging Differences:

Engaging Others One Relationship at a Time

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Effective mentoring comes from good conversation where both people feel seen, heard and valued.

In this webinar, learn how to create effective mentoring relationships that bridge differences. Hear from Lisa Fain, a co-author of the recently released book Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring how to lean forward into differences, learn from differences, and leverage those differences for better mentoring and workplace relationships.


Praise for Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring

While our similarities give us comfort, it is our differences that give us growth. In many ways, embracing differences is the very essence of learning. Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring provides an example on how to leverage differences for rich, mutual growth. Mentors and mentees alike will find this book a potent and enjoyable gift. —Chip R. Bell, Author, Managers as Mentors

At last! Here is the definitive, no-nonsense guide for exploring, appreciating, leveraging, and even celebrating cultural difference in mentoring relationships. Lisa Fain and Lois Zachary, both luminaries in the mentoring field, deliver the definitive applied toolbox for genuinely inclusive mentorship. Any leader committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent should personally hand a copy of Bridging Differences to every mentor and mentee in the organization. —W. Brad Johnson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, U. S. Naval Academy, & Faculty Associate, Johns Hopkins University

Lisa Fain and Lois Zachary have used their world-class expertise to provide a roadmap for leaders to more effectively connect, learn and grow through mentoring. Highly recommended! —Doug Bruhnke, Founder and CEO, Global Chamber®

A rare and much-needed contribution, this timely book brings leaders and educators down-to-earth advice on a pressing and little-understood aspect of mentorship. In fresh and accessible language, blending practical ideas with current research, the authors’ deep experience shines through every page. Essential reading for mentors—aspiring and experienced alike. — Laurent A. Daloz, Author of Mentor, Co-author of Common Fire: Leading lives of commitment in a complex world

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Lisa Fain is the CEO of the Center for Mentoring Excellence and an expert in the intersection of cultural competency and mentoring. Her passion for diversity and inclusion work fuels her strong conviction that leveraging differences creates a better workplace and drives better business results.


Lisa brings her energy, enthusiasm, and engagement to any group, facilitating lively workshops and training, and delivering interactive speeches with practical steps that can be implemented right away.


As Senior Director of the Diversity and Inclusion function at Outerwall, Inc., Lisa spearheaded the development, establishment, and implementation of its diversity initiative. Prior to assuming that position, she worked as Outerwall’s in-house counsel, coaching leaders and partnering with Human Resources to establish fair and effective policies and practices that would sustain the organization as it grew in size, revenue, and renown.


For almost a decade, Lisa practiced law in the Chicago office of a major multinational firm, where she counseled employers on creating inclusive policies and practices. While in that role, she served as Master Trainer, training thousands of employees at a variety of companies, large and small, on how to create a better workplace.


Lisa is also an executive coach, specializing in individual and group coaching for professional women looking to design and live their best personal and professional lives. She is a certified mediator. She graduated with a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University and holds a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.


Lisa lives in Seattle, WA. She loves to hike and explore the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two daughters.

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