Mentor+ Conference 2018

The Value of Diversity in the Workplace – The Hunt for Hidden Talent

May 31, 2018 – Bernstorff Palace – Copenhagen, Denmark

Welcome to our 2nd annual Mentor+ Conference, which this time focuses on diversity in the workplace. We will explore how we value diversity and create constructive cooperation across professions, areas of work, age, experience, competencies, culture, gender, etc.

The conference will focus on mentoring as an efficient HR and management tool, and how diversity is viewed in relation to attract, develop and retain talents within the company. In particular, we will explore how mentoring can make a difference when integrated with leadership and talent development.

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Time: 8.30am to 4.00pm

Place: Bernstorff Palace, Jægersborg Allé 93, 2820 Gentofte

The conference will take place at Bernstorff Palace and the day will include presentations, as well as interactive workshops, and you will have plenty of opportunities to expand your professional network.


Watch the video below from last year’s conference.

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Price: 3,450 DKK excl. VAT

Please notice that due to the Danish Tax Act we are obliged to charge Danish VAT for events, courses and conferences held in Denmark. This applies to persons and companies within and outside the EU.  


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Speakers and Topics at the Mentor+ Conference 2018

We will update speakers and topics as soon as they are announced.

Patricia Castanheira

Mentoring school teachers in Kenya – and what we can learn from it

Speaker: Patricia Castanheira, Senior Research Fellow at University of Brighton, UK

Patricia will present a research project about mentoring school teachers in Kenya funded by the Aga Khan Foundation –

The project was developed in a collaboration between the University of Brighton, two Kenya universities (Kenyatta University and Moi University), and teachers in Kenya. The purpose was to see how mentoring could help changing the approach to teaching in order to increase the quality of teaching – thus making school a better experience for the students – as well as to empower women (both mentors and mentees were mostly female teachers) and to make teaching a more attractive profession. The project made a huge difference in how teaching was performed and radically changed the atmosphere as well as the physical use of the classrooms.

Patricia will share stories from the project to illustrate how mentoring transformed the teachers’ understanding of themselves and their roles, and how the project struggled with diversity as ethnic differences play a big role in Kenyan culture. Finally, Patricia will transfer the experiences from the project into a European context reflecting on what schools in Europe can learn from this.

Kirsten M. Poulsen

Diversity and inclusion on a personal level 

Speaker: Kirsten M. Poulsen, Director and Management Consultant, KMP+ House of Mentoring, Denmark

Diversity has many dimensions: age, religion, marital status, education, gender, financial situation, nationality etc. In this interactive workshop, Kirsten M. Poulsen, will lead you through an experience on how differences influence our perception and interaction with people different from ourselves. We will explore the value of diversity on a personal level and you will have the opportunity to build closer networks with the other participants in a new and exiting way.

Lotte Holck

Diversity is good for you, your team and your management

Speaker: Lotte Holck, post-doctoral researcher at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Can diversity be a source of social well-being in the team or does it lead to conflict? Do colleagues with different backgrounds provide a new and fresh way of looking at hings or does diversity create conflict and division in the team.

These questions put presure on working with multiple teams. In the presentation Lotte Holck will tell about her own research within this area in regards to how diversity can be a source to management development and the synergies that can be achieved by having a diverse team, not only according to knowledge but also in relation to social dynamics. She will draw on research within the field and her current study of the management of diverse teams in the Danish company ISS.

Mentoring international students at University of Aalborg

AAU International Business Mentor Board

Keld Arenholt Christensen, Projekt Manager and Senior Advisor at Aalborg University
Christine Lunde, Mentor and Managing Director at MARCOD, Maritime Center for Operations
Sebastian Jorna, Mentee and MSc Student in “International Business Economics”

International Business Centre at AAU is running a mentoring programme involving local business professionals as mentors for new international students enrolled at International Marketing and International Business programmes (2-year master programmes). The overall purpose of this initiative is to support the students in fitting into the North Danish context and retain them for job positions in the local businesses that need new, qualified employees.

In this session we will share with you the background, motivation and contents of the programme through an interview with the Project Manager Keld Arenholt Christensen. Additionally, we will hear from a mentor/mentee pair how they are experiencing the programme and their collaboration.

Location: Bernstorff Palace, Copenhagen

Bernstorff Slot

Bernstorff Palace

The Mentor+ Conference 2018 will take place at Bernstorff Places. The Palace was built over 6 years from 1759 to 1765 and up until 1939, members of the Danish Royal Family used it as residence. Since 2009, Bernstorff Palace has been a hotel and conference center.

The conference itself takes place in Kavalergården (The Cavaliers Room), but we have ensured that you will enjoy your lunch at the palace, overlooking the spectacular Palace Garden. You will then be able to experience the historic palace on close range.


Stay at the Palace

In connection with the conference, you have the opportunity to stay at the palace.

Price: DKK 1,075,- incl. VAT & breakfast – 1. person

Please contact Bernstorff Palace at – remember to inform that you participate at the conference.

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