Our Mission

Achieve better business results through mentoring excellence.

The Center for Mentoring Excellence® is the destination for organizations and leaders seeking to achieve better business results through mentoring excellence. The Center, a division of Leadership Development Services LLC, founded by Dr. Lois J. Zachary provides comprehensive solutions to promote mentoring through learning, growth and inclusion. 

Make your mentoring better.

Looking for a way to improve your mentoring relationship?  Sign up to receive our list of carefully developed questions to help you get to know your mentoring partner in a deeper and more meaningful way.


Create a Mentoring Culture through customized solutions.

We listen. We provide holistic, customized and practical guidance in a way that resonates with your organizational culture. Create sustainable and durable organizational change through mentoring excellence.


Take mentoring to the next level with workshops & courses designed to help your team succeed in building, sustaining, and growing mentorship inside your organization. From our elite online program, Starting Strong, to train-the-trainers workshops and LIVE events, we help you take mentoring to the next level.

Books & Articles

Explore the issues affecting mentorship and learn how to create strong mentoring relationships, bridge differences, and leverage the power of mentoring within your organization. Our books and articles make mentoring topics understandable and approachable, creating a framework to expand your thinking and highlight new opportunities.


Bring mentoring to your organization with keynote presentations designed to be dynamic, interactive, engaging, informative and practical. We have vast experience in a variety of settings, speaking to groups large and small at all levels of an organization from the C-Suite to entry level employees. For recent presentations, see our YouTube channel.

Vista Coaching

Coaching is a collaborative partnership that is driven by YOU — the client. Coaching helps you dig deep so you can know where you want to go and shape the path that leads you to the best version of yourself.


Discover useful frameworks, tips and tools to guide you to better mentoring.

We are the authors of leading books on mentoring and other resources to help you and your organization achieve mentoring excellence. Discover books and other resources to develop a culture of belonging that will create greater productivity and satisfaction at work.

Lisa's leadership and thought-provoking approach enabled all of us to “turn the dial” on our thinking about Inclusion and Equity. I am so pleased with the discussions, engagement, and interactions that continue to “roll around in our heads”. Thank you for, once again, exceeding my expectations.

Julie Kearney, Exec VP of People Services
Lease Crutcher Lewis

Dr. Zachary provided an organized, thoughtful, and engaging workshop on faculty mentoring circles. Her materials were beautifully designed and allowed participants to productively engage with each other. She is deeply knowledgeable about the many different facets of the mentoring relationship. Participants left the workshop with the tools needed to build strong mentoring relationships moving forward.

Katherine Weisensee
Clemson University

We brought Lois Zachary in to conduct a Mentoring Boot Camp. She helped us get our mentor program on track, focused in the right direction. What an eye-opener! We have incorporated many of her techniques into our mentor program. Lois’ book, “The Mentor’s Guide,” is a terrific tool to remind one of the mentoring cycle, different learning styles, and the need for formal closure.

Jan Keith, Training Expert
Atlanta Regional Office, Social Security Administration