Rebecca Harris, CAE

Rebecca Harris

Executive Director, Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth

Rebecca Harris, M.A., CAE holds a BFA in Visual Arts and an MA in Art History. She is currently the Executive Director at the Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth (OARTY), a position she has held since 2011. Rebecca has been working full time in the association/non-profit sector for 15 years and has experience working for professional and trade associations, charities, charitable trusts and foundations, and an association management company. When she is not working, she can be found with a book, a paint brush, boxing gloves, or a whisk in hand!

Cultivating Connections to Prepare Future Leaders

Wednesday, October 24
Time:  1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

This presentation will look at innovative ways to offer association mentorship opportunities without a huge financial investment. The session will focus on knowledge transfer between current and future leaders, exploring how reciprocal mentorship can be a useful tool in this process. Reciprocal mentorship is a relationship structure that harnesses the power of mentoring into a mutually beneficial relationship where each participant takes turns being the mentor and the mentee. Whereas traditional mentorship models focus on a one-way transfer of knowledge, reciprocal mentorship breaks this model to focus more on the ideas and knowledge being shared versus the structure of the relationship. The presentation will feature two-minute mentoring moments (speed mentoring with a twist!) to assist future and current leaders in cultivating connections. Practice skills during the session and throughout the conference.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover what key skills current leaders value the most in potential future leaders
  • Examine what young professionals look for in terms of coaching and mentoring relationships
  • Explore the value of knowledge transfer and reciprocal mentorship
  • Discover informal methods for mentoring and identify strategies to support application of the knowledge


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