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Home > News > August 2004 > 30-Aug-2004

European Mentoring & Coaching Conference to take place in Brussels

The 11th European Mentoring & Coaching Conference is to place on November 18th and 19th at the Hotel Bedford in Brussels. This is the first time the conference has ever taken place outside of the UK.

"This has been a landmark year for the EMCC, with new branches forming in Spain and Switzerland and several others on the way to official recognition", said European Mentoring and Coaching Council board member Eric Parsloe. "The coaching and mentoring industry itself is growing and coming of age, and we felt that holding our conference in Brussels would underscore the increasing international maturity of our profession."

The conference will feature keynote speeches on both days, followed by a series of workshop sessions with case studies, research and practical examinations of a range of coaching and mentoring techniques and methods.

Two pre-conference workshops on the 17th November, which need to be booked separately from the main conference, will be led by Dr Belle Rose Ragins and the author of "Coaching Across Cultures" Philippe Rosinski.

Dr Ragins will be giving participants an overview of the complex decisions that need to be made when researching mentoring in organisations and Philippe Rosinski will be looking at the increasingly important issue of integrating the cultural dimension into coaching.

David Clutterbuck joins visiting professor of HRD at Sheffield Hallam University, David Megginson, for the conference's first plenary session. They will explore how to move beyond programmes of coaching and mentoring within an organisation to a systems approach which puts development at the heart of day to day management and leadership.

The second plenary session will be taken by Professor Kathy E Kram of Boston University School of Management. She will examine how mentoring has changed over the past 20 years and look forward to possible future developments.

The third plenary session, on Friday afternoon, will be taken by Dr Bob Garvey. Dr Garvey will be looking at some of the narrative lines found in coaching and mentoring conversations and considering what they mean for coaching and mentoring practice.

Other speakers at the conference come from companies such as Siemens, Johnson and Johnson, Lloyds TSB, Hilton International, Ernst & Young and the Union Bank of Switzerland. The conference also features presentations from speakers from Turkey, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Germany, Denmark, Australia, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands.

Over the course of the two-day conference, attendees will be offered a choice of workshops and activity sessions that encompass a wide range of issues relevant to the coaching and mentoring world.

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