Are you looking for a speaker to motivate, inspire and educate your group? Our CEO, Lisa Fain, is a global speaker and an expert of mentoring, who creates and delivers engaging keynotes that combine the power of story with evidence-based research and practical tips that will call your group to action. Our clients have hired Lisa to help them recruit for and kick-off their mentoring efforts, communicate the business case for mentoring, celebrate National Mentoring Month, and more.

Watch Lisa in action

 Lisa’s engaging, interactive and highly-rated presentations will leave your audience with practical, actionable information that will enhance your conference or your organization’s mentoring efforts.  Our team at Center for Mentoring Excellence will work with you to ensure a first-class, seamless experience from booking to delivery. 

Featured Speaking Topics

Bridging Differences to Better Mentoring

Most organizations today understand the benefits of having more diverse and inclusive work environments. Yet, there is little movement, and often, very little individual accountability. In this interactive, entertaining and practical keynote, learn how mentoring can help drive inclusion, why talking about difference in your mentoring relationships is essential, and how to create transformative mentoring relationships that have an impact for mentors, mentees, their teams and their organizations. Audiences will walk away with new insights and tips they can apply to improve their mentoring relationships right away.

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Creating a Mentoring Culture

Is your organization beginning its mentoring journey? Are you looking to create a culture that supports, sustains and encourages formal and informal mentoring initiatives? In this keynote, participants will learn what it means to create a culture of mentoring, why it is important, and what practical steps leaders can do to align mentoring with other strategic initiatives. Attendees will also discover what it takes to authentically support and champion mentoring. This keynote will be followed by a 15 minute question and answer session.

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Meet Your Speaker

Lisa Z. Fain

Lisa Z. Fain is passionate about creating inclusive workplaces
through mentoring. A former management-side employment
lawyer, and corporate leader of Diversity & Inclusion, Lisa is
CEO of Center for Mentoring Excellence. Using humor and
storytelling, Lisa engages audiences large and small. Her
keynotes resonate with audience members from the C-Suite to
the front line, each of whom will leave with practical tips, tools
and inspiration to create better working relationships and better
“It was a pleasure working with Lisa to engage our employees during a companywide lunch and learn event on mentoring. Lisa is a dynamic speaker and her talking points on Creating a Mentoring Culture really spoke to many of our employees, both mentees and mentors who work to develop our employees both personally and professionally. Lisa provided us with great resources for laying the foundation for our new pilot mentoring program we kicked off this year. Our mentees really felt empowered to work smarter on their goals in collaboration with their mentor.

Jessica Miller, Human Resources Manager
MetroPower Inc. | CarolinaPower Inc.

“I could not be happier with the partnership I had with the Center for Mentorship Excellence! We were able to craft a custom program to help build internal mobility for our underrepresented groups. The impact of our mentorship program could be felt throughout the organization. And, Lisa is a master speaker and presenter. We were able to launch a speaker series that built buy-in and awareness across the organization. Thank you, Center for Mentorship Excellence, for your leadership and partnership.”

Matthew Gill, Formerly Head of Diversity Strategy
Charles Schwab

“Entertaining and enlightening is just a couple words to describe Lisa! Her approach to mentorship and inclusion is inspiring, relatable and light-hearted. She will inspire your team to improve and think differently! ”

Arwen Becker, Speaker and Author
Becker Retirement Group

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