Mentoring Professionals


The Mentoring Professionals Conference is an exclusive, invitation only, one-day conference that brings together online and offline mentoring professionals from across the country. Expert speakers will share the secrets to their success and everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute within an open guided discussion session where delegates set the agenda.

Whether you are just starting out or looking to supercharge your online or offline mentoring programme, join us at the beautiful King’s College Strand campus, for a stimulating day of knowledge sharing. You may even meet your own professional mentor!

This year, this event is free to attend.

Mentoring Professionals Conference
hosted by
Kings College London
in association with
Aluminati Network Group


Daniel Watts

Daniel Watts

Managing Director
Aluminati Network Group

Daniel has over a decade's worth of experience in the alumni relations sector. Since 2002, Daniel has worked with universities all over the country through this company Aluminati - founded to create effective online engagement tools to connect alumni with one another.

Maria Gutierrez

Guest Speaker
Maria Gutierrez

Alumni Volunteer Manager
King’s College London

Maria has over 5 years of experience in volunteer management. Working alongside Boston and Harvard Universities, she has managed a program supporting refugees and immigrants in their transition to the country, and a mentoring programme for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. She delivered the deployment of KCL's bespoke mentoring platform, bringing together over 1000 mentors globally, and developed the Alumni Volunteer Programme, with over 2000 volunteers. She is also a certified mentoring trainer and a CBT trained coach.

Sharon Bell

Guest Speaker
Sharon Bell

Associate Director, Careers and Employability Service
Nottingham University

Sharon Bell studied at Nottingham and has a background in finance, L&D, developing graduate programmes and performance management. She returned to the University of Nottingham in 2012 as Associate Director, to lead the Commercial and Operations team, and has helped develop the provision of the Careers Services at UNNC and UNMC.

Carolee Summers-Sparks

Guest Speaker
Carolee Summers-Sparks

Deputy Director
CASE Europe

Carolee is an experienced non-profit professional managing philanthropic and private sector partnerships with respect to fundraising, grants management and donor/supporter relations.


Registration and Refreshments

Pick up your conference pack and name badge

09.30 - 10:00

Welcome Introduction and Housekeeping

Daniel Watts, Managing Director, Aluminati Network Group

10:00 - 10:15

Keynote Speaker Introduction

Carolee Summers-Sparks, Deputy Director/Director of Business Development & Membership, CASE Europe

10:15 - 10:30

Presentation 1 + Interactive Session

Maria Gutierrez, Alumni Volunteer Manager, King's College London

Off the beaten path: The King’s alumni volunteers adventure. In this interactive presentation Maria will tell the story of King’s Connect and how it has brought together more than 2000 people all over the world.

10:30 - 11:30

Refreshments and Networking Break

11:30 - 11:45

Presentation 2

Sharon Bell, Associate Director (Commercial & Operations), Careers and Employability Service, University of Nottingham

11:45 - 12:45

Networking Lunch

12:45 - 13:45

Guided Discussion

Chaired by Daniel Watts, Managing Director, Aluminati Network Group Open floor and experience sharing session with interactive table discussions.

Delegate guided agenda including:
  • How to recruit mentors
  • How to recruit students as mentees
  • How to market and promote your mentoring programme
  • How to reach international participants
  • How to present a business case for mentoring
  • How to get buy-in from the wider university and departments
  • How alumni and careers can co-manage a programme
  • How to measure ROI
13:45 - 15:45

Official Conference Close

15:45 - 15:50

Refreshments Break

15:50 - 16:00

Post-Conference Elective: The Future of Aluminate + Aluminate User Group Session

Daniel Watts, Managing Director, Aluminati Network Group

16:00 - 16:45

Event Finishes



To book your delegate place, please fill out the form below:

  • Please note that this is an invitation only event. If you would like to bring a colleague, please indicate in the message the number of desired additional delegates, their names, job titles and contact details and we can send them an invitation depending on availability.

Conference details

For more information
or any queries, contact:

Louise Wong
Client Engagement Manager

+44 (0) 1638 676232

2 Minton Enterprise Park,
Oaks Drive, Newmarket, CB8 7YY, UK

Venue Address:
Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | UK