Mentoring: A Career Building Strategy

July Membership Meeting-In Person

Categories: Membership Meeting

NOARK is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 1.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP℠ or SHRM-SCP℠. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

This event is approved for HRCI credits

This Program has been approved for 1.00 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

A successful mentoring program can help organizations grow and retain talent, offering strong benefits to both the mentor and mentee. This interactive training introduces participants to the concept of mentoring and shares best practices for establishing and managing these relationships. A facilitated panel will share their perspectives, leveraging their experience as either a mentor or mentee. Participants will be able to engage with panelists through interactive Q&A, gaining insight on their questions.

At the conclusion of this training, participants will be able to:

  •  Describe what mentoring is and how it can benefit the mentor and mentee’s careers
  • Outline the types of mentoring and how to apply each type
  • Overcome challenges common in mentoring relationships
  • Apply best practices to create a successful mentoring relationship

SPEAKER/MODERATOR: Rachel Hudson, PHR, SHRM-CP, BKD CPA's & Advisors

Rachel Hudson serves as Performance Success Manager for BKD CPAs & Advisors. Her role manages the firm’s performance management, engagement, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Rachel has more than 15 years of progressive experience in human resources, focusing primarily on talent management and organizational development strategies. Her work in redesigning BKD’s performance and engagement programs was featured in Harvard Business Review and recognized with awards from international consulting firm Brandon Hall Group and engagement vendor Quantum Workplace. 

Rachel holds certifications from the Society for Human Resources Management, the HR Certification Institute, the Human Capital Institute, and eCornell, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Missouri State University.


Alison Nail-Malone, SHRM-CP, ICF-ACC is the Founder & Principal Consultant of Malone Consultants Group. Alison has been in the Human Resources industry for over 20 years, with certifications from International Coaches Federation, Transform Coaching Academy, Birkman, DISC, and Strengthfinder. As an HR recruiter, she loved strategizing with the client and the candidates to create a win-win for both. This experience contributes to her unique ability as a leadership strategist.

She holds a Masters Degree in Sports Psychology, which is actively integrated into her leadership practice, especially visualization. She holds her ICF-ACC credential and is also preparing to receive certification in Clinical Therapy to further support her clients. Alison is an advocate and ally for members of diverse backgrounds.

Emily Corwin is a PhD Candidate in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at the University of Arkansas where she teaches a diverse array of HR topics. Prior to attending the University of Arkansas, she worked as an Onboarding Specialist in the commercial manufacturing industry and was responsible for recruitment, selection, training, and performance management. Her research focuses on the performance feedback process, emotions at work, and diversity, equity, and inclusion with primary interests in social class and gender. Her work has been published in top academic outlets such as the Journal of Management and the Journal of Applied Psychology. She also holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Missouri State University and a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Human Resources and a minor in Business from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

Morgan Scholz, SHRM-CP is a Business Consultant with Startup Junkie Foundation. She has served the NWA small business and nonprofit community for over ten years through development, education, communications, and HR support. Prior to joining the Startup Junkie team, she served as Director of People and Culture at a rapidly-growing private company and developed robust processes and systems for HR, internal and external communications, and community partnerships. She previously served as Director of Development and Promotion for an NWA nonprofit economic revitalization and historic preservation organization, and she served as project manager for a grant writing and consulting company. Morgan is certified through the Society of Human Resources Management and chairs the YP committees for the Northwest Arkansas chapter. She is passionate about creating a tailored, comprehensive HR curriculum for startups and growing companies that reflects and supports individual company culture. Morgan earned her Master's degree in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy from the University of Arkansas and specialized in curriculum development and design by helping pilot and revise the University's composition curriculum. She is also a former university composition instructor and received the Larry Guinn Endowed Award. She earned her Bachelor's degree from John Brown University and an Associates degree from Johnson County Community College and has lived and worked in India, England, and the Middle East.

Michelle Hurst, CPA, is director with BKD CPAs & Advisors. She is a member of BKD’s National Manufacturing & Distribution Group with more than six years of experience providing audit and accounting services primarily to manufacturing and distribution entities. In addition, she provides audit services for not-for-profit entities and employee benefit plans.  She also has experience using data extraction and audit tools, including ACL.

She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Michelle was named to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Fast 15 Class of 2011.

Michelle is a 2004 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with a B.S.B.A. degree with an emphasis in accounting.