Social networking is an important aspect of successful career planning. In addition to our mentoring programs aimed at various target groups, we also offer a GRADUS-Lounge (formally MentoringLounge) twice a year for current and former mentees and mentors as well as guests. This provides numerous opportunities to establish and maintain relevant contacts.
During this time of the covid, we all have had to learn to make adjustments. Fortunately, GRADUS Mentoring-Programs has been able to offer networking opportunities and present interesting topics in an online format.
The first digital GRADUS-Lounge took place Friday, June 26th 2020. Former and current mentees, mentors and guests were invited to learn about Impostor Syndrome from our keynote speaker, Mrs. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ute Gietzen-Wieland.
Mrs. Gietzen-Wieland has been working as a personnel consultant, career coach, potential diagnostician and management trainer for well-known national and international personnel and career consulting companies for over 20 years. In 2015, with the official permission of Prof. Dr. Pauline Rose Clance (Georgia State University, Atlanta), she translated her English language questionnaire "Clance Impostor Scale" into German.
With the guided expertise of Mrs. Gietzen-Wieland, attendees were able to understand what Impostor Syndrome is, received tips on how to overcome this feeling and learn that everyone experiences this at some point in their life, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, status, profession, etc.
The Art of Leadership
The second GRADUS-Lounge took place on Tuesday, December 8th 2020, where the topic “The Art of Leadership” was presented by Mrs. Kathrin Keune. Many guests were in attendance, including new mentees and mentors of the LiveScience Mentoring-Program 2020 Cohort, as well as current and former mentees and mentors.
Mrs. Keune, founder and CEO of Artsbased Solution, is a counselor, expressive arts therapist and mezzo-soprano. As a coach, she accompanies professors of German universities, leaders of the Max Planck Society as well as companies in questions of leadership, corporate development and professional communication. The artistic methodology provides the central framework for finding new and surprising solutions.
Participants were invited into a "community art process". Closely guided by Mrs. Keune, they used their space at home to approach the topic through artistic play. By getting into motion and using the mind and body, thought-provoking impulses emerge that would otherwise not be possible.
Attendees learned that good leadership means first and foremost to be self-aware and to remain capable of acting in any situation. Participants had the opportunity to experience and sharpen their own understanding of leadership and their own style.
The GRADUS Mentoring Programs look forward to offer the next GRADUS-Lounge in spring 2021.