The NCURA Region VI LeadMe Subcommittee of the Educational and Professional Development (E&PD) Committee has created this website to provide Mentees, Mentors, MINTS and our Membership with useful tools to enhance their professional development and leadership skills.

Please join us on our leadership and professional development journey! To apply to be a Mentee, Mentor, MINT or to learn more about the LEAD Me Program please contact one of the LeadMe Sub-committee Members or email Matthew Kirk.

LeadMe Sub-committee Roster

Matthew Kirk Chair Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Nancy Lewis Co-chair University of California - Irvine
Allison Weber Member Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute
Theresa Caban Member Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Erika Blossom Member University of California – Irvine
Derick Jones Ex Officio Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute

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Allison Weber Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute
Sam Westcott Cal Tech
Tolise Miles University of Colorado
Theresa Caban Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Judy Fredenberg University of Montana
Erika Blossom University of California – Irvine
Lisa Mosley Arizona State University
Amanda Snyder University of Washington

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Ellen Tyler South Central Foundation (AK)
Benita Bazemore University of Colorado – Denver
Lisa Anaya Colorado State University
Alison Yeung University of California – Irvine
Amy Green University of California – Irvine
Bernadine Sadauskas Arizona State University
Carly Cummings Utah State University
Heather Pittman University of California – Office of the President

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Mentors In Training (MINTS)

Paul Lekutai University of California – Irvine
Teresa Cochran University of Colorado – Denver
Manilyn Matau University of California – Irvine
Grace Park University of California – Irvine

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Erika BlossomEllen TylerManilan Matau
Theresa CabanBenita BazemorePaul Lekutai
Judy FredenbergLisa AnayaGrace Park
Tolise MilesAlison YeungTeresa Cochran
Lisa MosleyAmy GreenTeresa Cochran
Allison WeberBernadine SadauskasManilan Matau
Amanda SnyderCarly CummingsPaul Lekutai
Samantha WestcottHeather PittmanGrace Park

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Program Description

Adapted from the successful NCURA Leadership Development Institute designed by Gale S. Wood, Consultant, the NCURA, Region VI, Education and Professional Development (E&PD) Committee has developed a modified program to strengthen and increase the number of new and emerging leaders to serve our profession and NCURA at the regional and national levels. The one-year program will focus on providing educational and professional development experiences to selected Mentees.

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Program Objectives

  • Create a supportive and interactive e-learning environment where Program participants and the membership can share knowledge to help guide selected Mentees through the leadership development process
  • Provide access to e-tools on a range of leadership and professional development topics to contribute to the development of new Region VI & VII leaders
  • Increase interest and foster long term careers in sponsored research
  • Provide opportunities to form, increase and strengthen professional contacts and relationships among the region's members
  • Further strengthen professional networks within the region's research community and beyond

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Program Plan

The “LEAD Me” Program pairs one Mentee with a Primary Mentor who serves as the main contact to assist in identifying leadership and professional development goals and objectives. S/he will also help the Mentee formulate a Leadership and/or Professional Development (L&PD) Plan, a critically important element of the Program. This Plan will include the identification of a Personal Best Leadership Project through which the Mentee will demonstrate use of Kouzes & Posner's 5 practices and 10 commitments of successful leaders. Lastly, the Primary Mentor helps in identifying short term Supplementary Mentors to form a Mentee's Support Team to provide specialized knowledge of skills needed for the implementation of the Mentee's L&PD Plan.

Use of multiple mentors ensures that each Mentee is afforded an opportunity to have his/her needs for specialized knowledge and skills maximally addressed. No single Mentor, then, is expected to address the comprehensive range of expectations or needs of his/her assigned Mentee. Finally, this overall approach to mentoring should result in increased volunteer involvement and participation from NCURA, Region VI & VII members.

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Major Mentee Program Activities

  • Create a Leadership and/or Professional Development (L&PD) Plan
  • Read and study The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner, 5th Edition
  • Develop a “Personal Best Leadership Project” which utilizes the 5 practices and 10 commitments espoused in The Leadership Challenge
  • Present a Poster about the preliminary status of the Personal Best Project during the Regional Meeting
  • Submit a program synopsis of the completed Project for presentation consideration at an Annual Meeting
  • Maintain a personal journal to document and reflect on Program experiences
  • Engage in on-line readings and other e-discussions
  • Maintain a Mentee-Mentor Contact Log

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Roles and Responsibilities

•  LeadMe Program Chair/Co-chairs (reporting to the Education & Professional Development Committee)

  • Provide overall leadership of the program
  • Ensure continuity of operations: calls, schedules, recruitment, assignment of roles and responsibilities
  • Identify leaders and experts outside the program to lead Professional Development series presentations
  • Organize and serve as Chair/Co-Chair of LeadMe Subcommittee; convene as needed to review program objectives and progress, or to resolve operational or programmatic challenges
  • Report to Chair of Education and Professional Development (EPDC) Committee on program goals, progress and challenges

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•  Mentee

  • Active participation in planned activities
  • Establish measurable and achievable leadership and/or professional development goals and objectives
  • Develop a Leadership Project, in consultation with Mentor
  • Interact with Mentor and MINT regularly
  • Minimum of two contacts per month
  • Be available, responsive and respectful of time commitments
  • Complete assignments in a timely manner
  • Proactively communicate needs to Mentor
  • Remain open to feedback
  • Seek opportunities to continually grow professionally and to contribute to NCURA
  • Be responsive to webmaster/mistress requests

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•  Mentor

  • Assist Mentee in setting his/her goals and objectives
  • Help the Mentee devise a viable Leadership Project
  • Be accessible to Mentee based on a mutually agreed upon schedule
  • 2 times per month minimum
  • Enthusiastically share information, skills and knowledge
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Serve as a thoughtful listener and supportive advisor
  • Encourage opportunities for professional growth within the profession and volunteer contributions to NCURA, both regionally and nationally

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  • Assist Mentors with Mentees in developing established set goals and objectives
  • Assist the Mentee with developing their Leadership Project
  • Share previous experience in the program
  • Serve as a thoughtful listener and supportive advisor
  • Encourage opportunities for professional growth and volunteer contributions to NCURA
  • Provide operational support to program: Coordinating calls, Webex invitations, etc.

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Participant Comments/Suggestions to share with Committee

The E&PD Committee welcomes your input on the continuing development of this website. If you have additional reference tools that you feel will benefit our Program participants and Region VI & VII membership please send them to

Thank you for your continued support and assistance.

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