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Celebration of Mentoring at MGH

January 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

Monica Higgins

Provided by: MGH Center for Faculty Development & Mass General Brigham

Celebration of Mentoring at MGH
“Celebrating Mentoring with a Developmental Network Perspective”

Celebrating the vibrant mentoring culture at MGH, the Center for Faculty Development recognized recipients of 2022 departmental, MGH-wide, and Harvard mentoring awards at this event. In particular, the winners of the 2022 CFD Excellence in Mentoring Awards were announced.

The celebration included a keynote presentation “Celebrating Mentoring with a Developmental Network Perspective” by Monica Higgins, PhD, Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

4:00-4:30 pm – Mentoring Initiatives and Awards
4:30-5:30 pm – Keynote Lecture

During this online session, we celebrated mentoring by considering how to build an effective developmental network or personal board of directors in one’s career. A “developmental network” consists of the people in one’s career who assist you by providing personal and professional help in one’s career. One way to think of a developmental network is as a personal board of directors, much as you might a board of directors of an organization; however, in this instance that board of directors consists of the network of people who are assisting you in your personal and professional development. Participants had the opportunity to listen and learn about research on mentoring and developmental networks and ask questions about what it takes to be an effective mentor and mentee. Participants were given an opportunity to consider who they consider to be in their own personal board of directors and also, what they might have wanted to change. In addition, Dr. Higgins discussed ways to help others, such as subordinates and colleagues, build effective developmental relationships. At the end of the talk, participants were provided with a link to an online tool to create their own developmental network map that they can use to reflect on their own professional development goals and mentoring.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants were able to:

  • Distinguish a new way of thinking about mentoring – as a developmental network or personal board of directors
  • Review what the research has shown about the value of a developmental network
  • Create one’s own developmental network and so, reflect on one’s mentoring practice
  • Identify some tips about what it takes to be an effective mentor and mentee

Target Audience: This activity is intended for faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD, MBA, Director, Center for Faculty Development; Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Presenter: Monica Higgins, PhD, joined the Harvard faculty in 1995 and is the Kathleen McCartney Professor of Education Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) where her research and teaching focus on the areas of leadership development and organizational change. Prior to joining HGSE, she spent eleven years as a member of the faculty at Harvard Business School in the Organizational Behavior Unit. Her book, Career Imprints: Creating Leaders Across an Industry, (2005) focuses on the leadership development of executives in the biotechnology industry. In education, she studies the effectiveness of senior leadership teams in large urban school districts across the United States and the conditions that enhance organizational learning in public school systems. As a long-time member of the Public Education Leadership Project, a joint initiative between HBS and HGSE, Higgins co-authored a book with her colleagues on managing central office-school relationships called, Achieving Coherence in District Improvement. As well, she just completed a book on women in leadership, that will be published by Harvard Education Press. A central theme in Professor Higgins’ research is the relational nature of learning and the ways in which mentoring and developmental networks play a role in how people learn to lead in their careers. To that end, her research on developmental networks has helped shift the paradigm on how people consider mentoring in their careers and has been published in academic journals such as Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Discoveries as well as practice-based journals, such as the Wall Street Journal and Sloan Management Review.


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




January 25, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST
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