You are warmly invited to attend the IIC Fellowship meeting at the IIC 2016 Congress in Los Angeles. The meeting will be held at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 14th September, 2016 at the Congress venue, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. This is an opportunity for you to get together with other Fellows and to share common issues over a relaxed, informal lunch. The meeting will last for about an hour.
You can read more about the 2016 Los Angeles Congress here.
While this is primarily a social occasion, we will also introduce one or two topics for discussion, one of which is the proposed IIC Fellowship mentoring programme introduced at the 2014 Congress in Hong Kong. This links very nicely with a question and answer feature proposed for the IIC website and, if time permits, we hope to introduce this as well. And you may have your own ideas for an active Fellowship, of course.
To introduce mentoring very briefly: Mentoring involves building a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor, the IIC Fellow) assists another (the mentee, a younger or less experienced conservation professional) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the mentee’s professional and personal growth. IIC sees this programme as providing valuable professional support and facilitating the growth of the profession by sharing resources and networks. Person to person mentoring is especially worth consideration. There are plenty of opportunities for a mentor to help an uncertain or less experienced person, from inviting the person to the mentor’s studio or laboratory for a period to observe and gain experience, to helping them with report writing or public speaking skills, or encouraging the person to apply for professional accreditation in the national association. You can probably think of other approaches too.
If you are unable to attend, your ideas or offers to help develop this scheme, or any other where IIC Fellows could make a contribution, are still most welcome. Please send your suggestions to Cornelia Weyer (email@example.com), Valentine Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Graham Voce in the IIC office (email@example.com) before the Los Angeles congress (and ideally before 6th September) to contribute to the discussion.
Please RSVP to this invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!