The IIC Mentoring Scheme was first launched at the 2018 Turin IIC Congress. This year, responding to feedback, we have refined the programme to bring together a cohort around a single theme, leadership.
We believe this is crucial to the current global crisis, which means that more than ever members of our profession need additional support in developing potential to lead. It also allows a whole group of IIC mentees to share their experiences with each other as they develop their skills in the same area.
IIC Executive Director Sarah Stannage said, “the changes that conservators face, both now and over the next few years, are going to be among the most challenging – and interesting - in our history. It is all the more essential that we equip a new generation of our members to become leaders – confident about managing organisations, responding to new science and digital transformation, but also bringing flair, courage and imaginative thinking to the big societal issues that will affect the profession, from Covid to Climate Change. We are committed to helping this new cohort to develop their potential and grow their confidence”.
Our new Leadership Mentoring Programme will enable each participating IIC member to work with a sector leader for focused mentoring sessions. For 2020 we are offering an initial 15 spaces for mid-career and 15 spaces for early-career conservators and cultural heritage professionals.
Many of our mentors are IIC Fellows who have demonstrated clear leadership within the sector through skilled advocacy, ethical practice, and a commitment to developing the conservation field through investing in people and talent. This places them in a unique position to support our profession during this unprecedented time.
Whether you are starting out or already leading your own private practice, working as a freelancer, shifting your professional focus, or looking to take the next step as a senior manager or head of department, as a participant in the programme you will be able to test your ideas, gain insights from your mentor’s experience, and develop confidence to apply this within your context in a community of peers.
Sessions will be available between February and March 2021. We will be featuring biographies and supporting statements from our mentors on the IIC mentoring page over the coming months.
How to Apply
To participate in the Leadership Mentoring Programme please email the IIC Office firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your membership status, your current role and organisation (where applicable) and a short covering statement (150 words max) on how you would benefit from participating in the mentoring programme.
Applications Open for IIC Members: 1st July 2020
Deadline for Applications: 21st September 2020.