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How to Develop a Successful Mentoring Program


How to Develop a Successful Mentoring Program


Class Description

Participants will walk away with tools needed to design and develop a successful mentoring program that fits your organizational culture and will be embraced by employees.  CalHR will facilitate a discussion with representatives from Board of Equalization and CalPERS, two organizations that have developed and implemented formal and informal mentoring programs.  Panel members will discuss considerations when developing a mentoring program in state government, including generational considerations, organization culture, knowledge transfer, and individual learning preferences.


Sarah Gessler

Sarah Gessler - Since joining CalPERS in 2005, Sarah has had the pleasure of working in many different capacities in the Human Resources Division including Workforce Planning, Career Services & Outreach, Classification & Consultation, and All Staff Training & Development.  Over the past two years, Sarah has been an instrumental part of the multi-division project team responsible for designing and implementing an enterprise-wide informal mentoring initiative to support not only employee growth, but also employee retention and succession planning efforts.  Sarah is a recent recipient of a CalPERS APEX (Achieving Performance Excellence) award.

Adetola Adedipe

Adetola Adedipe is the Workforce Planning Section Manager  for the California State Board of Equalization and has over 12 years of leadership experience in the areas of human resources, program management; strategic planning and staff development. As a workforce and succession planning advocate, Adetola is dedicated to ensuring that the Board of Equalization continues its mission by investing in a skilled, motivated, diverse and talented workforce through workforce and succession planning efforts.


Katie Hagen

Katrina Hagen was recently appointed as the Deputy Director of Operations at CalHR in March 2015.   Ms. Hagen served as the Chief of Human Resources, CalPERS for the last three years.  Prior to joining CalPERS she served five years as the Workforce Development Deputy Director of Human Resources, California Prison Health Care Services.  Before that, she worked at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she was the Assistant Deputy Director of the Office of Peace Officer Selection.  Ms. Hagen is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco (USF), teaching public policy analysis, human resources management, leadership development and organizational communication. Ms. Hagen is a graduate of Humboldt State University and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from USF.

Updated 6/16/2015
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